I am aware that not everyone has positive impression of bearshares platform due to the past.
When it first started, there was a system crash causing many to lose their accounts as well as their earnings because there was only one server to run the node then.
With more witnesses running the nodes on bearshares, I found out from the founder of bearshares that such situation would not happen again.
Bearshares platform is a young platform that does have its potential.
It is just like steem platform at its early stage where no one knows the outcome of whether it would be successful in the end.
If it is successful, early adopters would probably be like the whales of steem platform with huge upvoting power.
Even if it is not successful, the bears tokens are really dirt cheap to invest a little.
Moreover, bear dollars are tradable now on bitshares platform so members can now start to get some returns even they had invested earlier on this platform.
My Educational Initiative
I have been curating the fun2learn educational tag daily for more than two months but there would be some who did not receive upvotes for various reasons.
With this post, I hope to educate bearshares community about the importance of indicating correct image source as well as avoid plagiarism.
I have already indicated in my daily curation report at bearshares that using fun2learn tag does not mean the post would definitely get an upvote but it would also depend on the quality and other factors.
Since there is no steemiteducation at bearshares, I decided to take over the role of promoting educational articles since education is definitely my passion as an educator.
One of the most common problems with most posts that do not get an upvote is due to poor indication or no indication of image source.
Proper indication of image source is to ensure we do not go against the copyright law by giving credit for using images that are not ours.
Image Source Indication
It is very important to indicate the exact source that we get the image or picture from since we are not the ones who create it.
It is not enough to just indicate the image source from google, pixabay, flickr etc
When you downloaded a picture and uploaded to busy.org or steemitimages that are hosting your images that you downloaded and uploaded to them, your image source should not be your image link of busy or steemitimages but the original webpage link of the picture that you downloaded from.
The images should also be free from copyright which pixabay provides many free images.
The image below is not created by me.
I have to indicate the link to the original image as image source from
https://pixabay.com/illustrations/copyright-icon-symbol-license-3533368/ using hyperlink text ‘Image Source’.
You can see that I indicated the links where I downloaded the pictures as image source for most of my articles.
For those who are new to indicating hyperlink to words, you can simply do this by typing ‘[Image Source](your image link)’. (Note: Remove the open and close inverted commas)
I do hope that content creators can indicate proper image source with the link from the exact webpage that they download their images from to safeguard themselves from copyright issue.
Check For Plagiarism
Articles using fun2learn tag on bearshares may go through online plagiarism checker.
I am currently using https://www.quetext.com/ that actually would check against millions of articles including steem platform and other sources.
This online plagiarism checker would give me the percentage of copied text and also the link from where the content was copied from.
It really takes up quite a bit of my time whenever one chooses to use fun2learn tag for the first time since I would usually do a check to ensure the article is original without high percentage of copied content.
The other challenge that I have is crossposting.
I am not against crossposting but some users do not use the same username in bearshares causing the doubt whether the article was created originally by the same author or copied from somewhere else.
It would help greatly to edit the original article to indicate that the same article is posted on bearshares on the other platforms so that I can verify the identity at least once.
Without the proof of identity when username on bearshares is different, no upvote would be awarded by my fun2learn account since there is an identical article elsewhere.
I had actually found plagiarism during my curation effort of fun2learn tag in the past and even recently.
I may eventually stop curating fun2learn tag if plagiarism is high.
Selected articles may receive different percentage of upvote weight from my fun2learn account on bearshares.
The use of fun2learn tag does not mean a definite upvote but there is a chance for upvote from fun2learn on bearshares.
I am doing daily curation for posts that use this tag.
Indicating original image source and posting original content would be the two major factors whether the curated post can get an upvote from my fun2learn account just like what @steemiteducation is doing.
Crossposting is allowed but must verify to be the original author if different username is being used on bearshares.
I hope that this post has made it clearer for everyone who has made mistakes in not stating the correct image source or used copied content that went against the copyright law.
I may eventually stop curating this tag on bearshares if there is a better community like @steemiteducation to support bearshares educational articles.
Disclaimer: This is my personal reflection and I am not in any position to instruct anyone what they should do. I am not responsible for any action taken as a result of this post. My post can only be a reference for your further research and growth. By reading this post, you acknowledge and accept that. All images and pictures were taken from google images that are free from copyright under labelled for reuse.
This article was first published on my blog at bearshares