Recently in my blog wandering, I stumbled across a blog that really disturbed me. I consider myself an honest person. I think most people are honest people. But this blog, which I won't include the url for, actually advocated cheating Ancestry & and other pay site that you felt the need to use.
I guess the thing that bothered me BESIDES the fact that she was advocating cheating was the fact that she has the geneablogger logo on her website.
I don't know anyone that has time to read every single geneablogger blog that is out there, I certainly don't. But I do know that when someone gets "splogged" as they called it, everyone gets up in arms and writes alot of posts about it.
Here's this blogger with the geneablogger logo, she's an affiliate at Ancestry and has supposedly won all these awards, Top 100 genealogy blogs, Kreative Blogger award etc., and its okay for her to post this "share the membership crap" on her blog?
Don't you think that as a blogger she has a responsiblity to at least attempt to have some ethics? I found it interesting when I posted the question on Facebook, "Is it okay to share a membership at the online paid sites"? I was suprised at how many people said it was okay. Most basing their comments on the fact that they couldn't afford it, so that made it okay. Some said Ancestry makes too much money. That has no bearing on it, they pay the salaries of the people who run the scanners, answers the phone, and do the indexing (even the bad ones!). They pay taxes just like every other company. Quit justifying your stealing with bad excuses, you don't steal from the electric company or drive away from the pump when you get gas.
Sorry guys, even those of you who are my friends. I don't agree with you. Life is about choices, and we all have to make them. Stealing is WRONG. There is NO justification for stealing. NONE. And advocating it while wearing the logo of the geneabloggers is just plain out of line.
My mom always said it doesn't matter if its a penny or a thousand dollars, there is no difference. Stealing is stealing.
What do YOU Think?