|One of my favorite pulps, and an entry on my |
Pulp Frisson board.
Something happened the other day that wasn't so much fun. I received a notice that virtually all of my pins on my Pulp Frisson board had been repinned -- all by the same person. I went and looked at the board (Pulp Attack) and sure enough, there they were with my comments stripped out.
Now there were several other pins from different sources, but still. Initially I was a little upset. My first reaction was that this person was building a board based on my work. After all, I was curating Pulp Frisson pretty carefully (as I've outlined in another post), and it seemed unfair that someone would take advantage of that and pull everything over to their board.
But then, the more I thought about it, the more I had to admit that it really didn't matter. First of all, none of my pins were original -- they all came from other sites. So I was sharing cover art that had been scanned in by other people to begin with. Secondly, it doesn't really matter how popular (or not) my boards are. There's no monetary reward, and in the overall scheme of things, I'm flattered for the attention they draw, but not especially worried about how they're ignored.
So in the end, I decided interpret the repinning as just a positive endorsement of my taste for pulp-era cover art.
I'm doing these boards primarily for fun, and that hasn't changed.
Still, it did cause me to question my own use of Pinterest. Is there any agreed-upon Pinterest etiquette (as there is for Twitter, Facebook, and other social media sites). Is repinning the entire contents of another board considered bad form, or high praise? Should comments remain with the repin, or is it acceptable to edit or even remove them?
I don't have an answer, and haven't really found any online. I'd welcome any thoughts about this. I'm not especially concerned about what others do with my pins, but I would like to be a good citizen and make sure my boards follow best practices.