Bletiquette, Blogiquette or Blog Etiquette?

10 May

I am not sure there is a new term for Blog Etiquette so I have coined a couple above…I prefer Bloqiquette personally. The point is I am sure that there is one somewhere and I have read the Bloggers Code of Conduct but it doesn’t seem to answer my questions. I am presently reading Naked Conversations recommended to me by my colleague Ryan Sasaki…he’s just set up his own blog…Ryan’s Blog on NMR Software. The book is a good read but I can’t get anything of value to answer my specific questions.

I am unsure of copyright on my postings. Is it mine or by default for everyone to copy and paste into their own blogs. I’ve seen multiple conversations and my judgment is this is not acceptable. What does this blogging community have to say?

Why do I care? I’ve been in the blogosphere for less than two weeks. And it’s been busy. I’ve learned about trackbacks as acknowledgment of someones thoughts and posts. It seems appropriate to acknowledge. What I’m experiencing though I’ll deem as poaching. Large sections of my posts are being pasted into another blog without my permission, graphics and all. The images are even hot-linked back to the original posting. Now, there is the idea of having some fun and swapping the image out with an annotation of “Grabbed without permission from the ChemSpider Blog”. While fun it’s more entertaining than professional in nature.

I welcome comments and feedback since that is the magic of blogging. What is the right blogiquette re. grabbing large portions of a persons blog to comment rather than posting comments to the original blog?

Since it seems so acceptable I will copy and paste for my discussion about Web 2.0 and ChemSpider.


About tony

Antony (Tony) J. Williams received his BSc in 1985 from the University of Liverpool (UK) and PhD in 1988 from the University of London (UK). His PhD research interests were in studying the effects of high pressure on molecular motions within lubricant related systems using Nuclear Magnetic Resonance. He moved to Ottawa, Canada to work for the National Research Council performing fundamental research on the electron paramagnetic resonance of radicals trapped in single crystals. Following his postdoctoral position he became the NMR Facility Manager for Ottawa University. Tony joined the Eastman Kodak Company in Rochester, New York as their NMR Technology Leader. He led the laboratory to develop quality control across multiple spectroscopy labs and helped establish walk-up laboratories providing NMR, LC-MS and other forms of spectroscopy to hundreds of chemists across multiple sites. This included the delivery of spectroscopic data to the desktop, automated processing and his initial interests in computer-assisted structure elucidation (CASE) systems. He also worked with a team to develop the worlds’ first web-based LIMS system, WIMS, capable of allowing chemical structure searching and spectral display. With his developing cheminformatic skills and passion for data management he left corporate America to join a small start-up company working out of Toronto, Canada. He joined ACD/Labs as their NMR Product Manager and various roles, including Chief Science Officer, during his 10 years with the company. His responsibilities included managing over 50 products at one time prior to developing a product management team, managing sales, marketing, technical support and technical services. ACD/Labs was one of Canada’s Fast 50 Tech Companies, and Forbes Fast 500 companies in 2001. His primary passions during his tenure with ACD/Labs was the continued adoption of web-based technologies and developing automated structure verification and elucidation platforms. While at ACD/Labs he suggested the possibility of developing a public resource for chemists attempting to integrate internet available chemical data. He finally pursued this vision with some close friends as a hobby project in the evenings and the result was the ChemSpider database ( Even while running out of a basement on hand built servers the website developed a large community following that eventually culminated in the acquisition of the website by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) based in Cambridge, United Kingdom. Tony joined the organization, together with some of the other ChemSpider team, and became their Vice President of Strategic Development. At RSC he continued to develop cheminformatics tools, specifically ChemSpider, and was the technical lead for the chemistry aspects of the Open PHACTS project (, a project focused on the delivery of open data, open source and open systems to support the pharmaceutical sciences. He was also the technical lead for the UK National Chemical Database Service ( and the RSC lead for the PharmaSea project ( attempting to identify novel natural products from the ocean. He left RSC in 2015 to become a Computational Chemist in the National Center of Computational Toxicology at the Environmental Protection Agency where he is bringing his skills to bear working with a team on the delivery of a new software architecture for the management and delivery of data, algorithms and visualization tools. The “Chemistry Dashboard” was released on April 1st, no fooling, at, and provides access to over 700,000 chemicals, experimental and predicted properties and a developing link network to support the environmental sciences. Tony remains passionate about computer-assisted structure elucidation and verification approaches and continues to publish in this area. He is also passionate about teaching scientists to benefit from the developing array of social networking tools for scientists and is known as the ChemConnector on the networks. Over the years he has had adjunct roles at a number of institutions and presently enjoys working with scientists at both UNC Chapel Hill and NC State University. He is widely published with over 200 papers and book chapters and was the recipient of the Jim Gray Award for eScience in 2012. In 2016 he was awarded the North Carolina ACS Distinguished Speaker Award.
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