I care a lot about originality, so yes, this is a question, and a rant, because frankly, I can't stand them.
I've had a number of people fuck around with my stuff since I've been here. Pictures, questions, and mytakes. The one I care most about though, are MyTakes. Even though I have a life, I do put effort into those, then I get people stealing my work, or coming up with 'counter mytakes'. This has happened to me thrice, by 2 different people. You know who you are.
Don't get me wrong, debate is good. Debate is great, but if you can't do it to my face, or if you feel I won't see it because you've blocked me, then you are deluded.
Or, on the other hand, if you happen to like the take so much that you use it as 'inspiration' and then reword it, that doesn't look so great either.
Just some advice for fellow editors in particular:
If you can't #comeupwithyourownshit to write about, please don't head over to somebody else's take and create a different version of it... it's so not cool. Don't write anything until you are inspired.
This is how you make your own mark, and how people can distinguish your writing from anyone else's.
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I read both (well technically reread yours since I had read it previously lol).
They are both dealing with the same subject matter-- whether a girl is "hard to get" or not. Granted, it could be coincidence that the takes were similar. Who knows for certain. They aren't exact copies. While it is impossible to directly say whether or not he truly copied yours (the list and similar formatting makes it a bit suspicious though), I can understand the annoyance of being copied in general.
Anyways, a bit different, but back in high school, I would get straight A's and such, and people would sometimes be trying to copy my stuff... some would even ask to copy my stuff on tests. Whenever someone got away with it, I'd be told "Don't make a big deal with it. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery." That would anger me though.
It doesn't make it justifiable to steal work. Especially without giving credit, that is not flattery. It's rude and annoying.
Back to comparing the takes though, let me honest. Even if his topic was similar (whether copied or not), your take was much more well written.
1.) It had better structure. Points were made consecutively that made sense.
2.) The content was better. There was less uninformative rants (ok, there was a little banana sass in it at the: "NOW boys, If you’re going to be a close minded prick about this, PLEASE EXIT the premises. You can’t possibly seek advice about the opposite gender, then refuse it from someone who IS and KNOWS that gender better than you ever could. Gracias boo." LOL but that gave it personality)
3.) It offered more about the subject and on the whole was a more pleasant read.
So I understand the anger at getting annoyed, but realize that yours was better in my opinion... so please keep writing myTakes and put effort in them like you always do! Don't let people, like copycats when they pop up, discourage you! Your myTakes have possibly been the most helpful for me on the whole like that one about asking girls out from awhile back.0