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Old 01-29-2009, 07:12 PM   #11
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anyone can join WI, but the info it only useful to WW users so if they are dishonest and use someones ideas, avatars, backgrounds etc, it just shows their lack of creativity & that they like someone else's ideas enough to copy it. it is just unfortunate that Ganz didn't verify that the user actually had the room on their account before awarding the prizes. not just send in the picture of someones room. I just take it as a complement when someone copies my stuff. I know the truth, & so do they- they must live with that gnawing at their conscious.
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Old 01-29-2009, 07:19 PM   #12
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the best thing anyone can do is not post their contest pictures until after the contest ends. then they can share on a thread of this 'WAS' my room entry... but that is my opinion. hope it helps someone. I live in FL so none of our 5 accounts are eligible to enter any of the contests. I put mine on mypage in WW

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Some are not creative so it is easier to copy. I'm sure you'd have to cover your paper in school too.
I know, right ?! (about the covering paper in school)

Ya, it is best people not share until after it ends, but like, for instance I have a bunch of rooms posted on my housez thread. If I happened to have a small red one I like that fit the requirements, I might enter it in the contest + forget to delete it off my thread

Also, there are a lot of people that are naive (I don't mean this in a bad way, just that they're trusting) here that don't even think about the possibility someone would steal their room.

View Post Originally Posted by Dogluver620
I think that's a good idea, but it would be hard to follow through. As AnthonysMommy said, anyone can join. Maybe people with more than a certain number of posts would help? Maybe some people only join to get rooms or join contests (I'm not sure about that, but there has to be some people that do that).
Ya, the # of posts, that's why I was thinking "webkinz" members since they have to have at least 10 posts.

View Post Originally Posted by Zooz
One of the reasons I joined WI was because I wanted to be able to view the rooms in the "That's So Posh!" sub-forum. I couldn't see them as a Guest. I didn't know there was a difference between Attachments and other pictures. Huh.
Ya, I just asked FIA, and she didn't know off-hand so I tested it myself, attachments are the ONLY way to hid from non-WI members (this I didn't test, but I'm taking her word for it) ... in addition to Tiny Pic, etc. pictures, those posted from our albums here are viewable to non-WI members also.

View Post Originally Posted by a3doglife
anyone can join WI, but the info it only useful to WW users so if they are dishonest and use someones ideas, avatars, backgrounds etc, it just shows their lack of creativity & that they like someone else's ideas enough to copy it. it is just unfortunate that Ganz didn't verify that the user actually had the room on their account before awarding the prizes. not just send in the picture of someones room. I just take it as a complement when someone copies my stuff. I know the truth, & so do they- they must live with that gnawing at their conscious.
Ya, I know, they have to live with that on their conscious, but some people, I guess, don't have one
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Old 01-29-2009, 07:27 PM   #13
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Thanks for everyone comments on this thread. Even if my suggestion can't be put into place, at least people's comments on everything should help make people more aware of how certain areas of this site work
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Old 01-29-2009, 07:35 PM   #14
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Somoenoe could even be searching google images and come across rooms that are posted hear on WI. Plus, even if the image doesn't show up because your not a WI member, if you can find that room again under google web searches instead of image searches, you can look at a cached page and the image pops right up. Some with if you look at the original source code to find the image. If someone wants to stop people from stealing, they would need to also disable google. What would be a better deterent is if Ganz announced that cheaters would lose their accounts!
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Old 01-29-2009, 07:39 PM   #15
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Well, it is a really good idea! But if you google webkinz house rooms and you happen to not know that is stealing ( A 8 year old prolly wouldent know!) you could just save it and enter it!
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Old 01-29-2009, 09:23 PM   #16
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I know I learned the hard way, but I get so excited to share when I have created something, not just here or on WW just in everyday life. Someone posted earlier that they don't mind sharing if they are asked first, And I agree with that totally. Just ask and give credit... type a line that says thanks to so & so for the ideas used here. Common courtesy it's called. Well you all have a good night, I gotta hit the bed. ChA

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Well, it is a really good idea! But if you google webkinz house rooms and you happen to not know that is stealing ( A 8 year old prolly wouldent know!) you could just save it and enter it!
??? Hummm...my 4 year old cousin knows when something isn't hers.

but your nice for defending them.

we can be ruff sometimes.

but it takes a ton of kc to set up a room as you know and when someone steals your idea and wins by taking a picture and turning it in that just stealing and you know it when you do it & it's wrong in my opinion. But I'm just a kid what do I know from right or wrong in someone elses upbringing - it might be ok in their world !

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Old 01-29-2009, 09:46 PM   #17
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Sad to say but it's probably just safer (and smarter) not to post any of your contest entries on this site until AFTER the contest closes.
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Old 01-29-2009, 09:47 PM   #18
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I was told by more than one person to water mark my rooms. I don't know how to do that and that won't stop someone from just making a duplicate room and entering. There really is no good answer unless Ganz really vets each winning entry to make sure it is their account. For this to happen a second time means they are not doing that.
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Your own album is ALSO a safe place from people outside the community. No one from outside has access to our personal profiles. I know because I was working on my profile and I had forgot to use the 'Remember me' check box. I got logged out during a phone call and when I went to go back and finish, it said that I didn't have permission to access personal profiles.
Those are uploaded and hosted through as well Another bonus of being a part of this great community.
BUT...I STILL think it is better to save posting these pictures until after the contest has run. It is only a couple of days and I don't want to see another Broken-hearted Winner
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Old 01-29-2009, 09:57 PM   #20
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I like the idea - housez section goes viewable to only WI members
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