Someone's using my work

I've been a member for a while, but so far have only made comments.  This morning, there was a featured article on building a mason bee house that is obviously using an article that I published in 2006, with no credits for my original work.  I'd like to make some comments, politely of course, to place credit where it belongs (original idea was passed to me by an extension agent), and add some meaningful background and tips.  My original work is currently available as a Word document of about 4 pages, including illustrations.  I also have a PowerPoint show that shows more intermediate steps, although the process is pretty straightforward.  I don't have time to construct the fresh Instructable I've been considering for quite some time, but I could post the documents if there is a good way to do so.  I'm concerned that my response may be lengthy, and I don't want to accuse the author of overt plagiarism, as he did add some nice design ideas to the basic process.  I would really like to know where he saw the info, as it may have traveled through several hands before he saw it.  It would be interesting to try to trace the progress of the initial idea.  So 1) Any good tips?  2) Is there a way to "attach" source documents like the Word and PPT files?  I'm attaching one photo from my original work so you can see the clear similarity.  Thanks,  Randy Person

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RandyPerson (author) 2 years ago

Author mtairymd and I are in contact, and working well to improve his instructable. I'd still like to know if it's possible to attach a document. I have some great info, I think, but I could create a nice, tight Instructable if the interesting, useful, and longer details were readily available aside. Knowing why one does something is often helpful, but it can get in the way of clear instructions about how.

Word & PDF files can be attached if you pretend they are images - wherever you see an "add images" button, you can use it to upload most kinds of document.

RandyPerson (author) 2 years ago

Kiteman and Caitlinsdad, thanks for the tips. Most things are easy when you know how! As some background, I've been raising the bees for over 15 years, and commercially for most of that. I annually process the equivalent of over 100 of the nests recently described, handling between 15,000 and 20,000 cocoons. In the process of working out the best, most effective ways to raise bees, I did several years of research into home-made paper liners. My key recommendation to use cooking parchment over other paper types is the result of patient, independent work, and I admit I'd like some credit. I don't want to beat up the author, but I have been considering a series of Instructables on mason bee culture for some time. I'll likely follow through eventually, but I certainly don't want folks thinking that I stole my own ideas! Also, since I have a lot of information readily available right now, if I can post the Word and PowerPoint documents, a big chunk of help will be available to the community quite soon. And since the bees come out in early spring, there's still time for interested folk to put it to use this season. So yes, I would like to know how to do that. And now I'll PM the author to begin the dialog.

My daughter "gave" me Instructables when I retired a couple years ago. Some gift! I'll need to live at least another 50 years to try out the good ideas I've saved so far! I hope to become a contributing member soon.

RandyPerson (author) 2 years ago

Unsure how to do that. Where do I find the real basic material on how?

As Caitlinsdad says. comment on the instructable (just hit the "Comment" button), or you can send them a private message - click on the author's orange-text username, that takes you to their page, and there's a button at the top that says "Private Message".

If you want to practice, try it on me. I can explain how to upload documents for people to look at and compare with the potentially-offending project that way as well, if you want.

caitlinsdad2 years ago

Comment on the instructable to ask where the author got the idea to build the mason bee house from. Is this technique of stuffing parchment paper an approach that extension agencies developed and is trying to implement its use throughout the land? I don't know where you originally published your paper but there were probably discussion groups amongst the bee-keeping world that passed it along. And in some cases, there has been independent thought to "invent' the same thing. Happy sleuthing.

Kiteman2 years ago

In the first instance, send a PM to the author to ask.