I sincerely apologize for having turned our RSS feed into summaries. I understand it is annoying and creates an unnecessary step for those who read our content through the news feed. But rarely a day goes by when we do not have five to ten new trackbacks from blogs that are copying our content. I end up adding them to our blacklist and then sending a notice to the infringer. It gets even more annoying when the infringing blog does not have a contact page or I get a reply back stating that they did not know our content was not meant to be copied.
I am not against some use of our content but I like to be asked and like proper attribution be provided for displayed content. I understand that duplicate content is bad for SEO but I believe that it is a give and take. Our content is for the better good of the WordPress community and we have no problem with sharing the information in every way that is useful to our readers. All of this is, after all for our readers to use.
Lorelle has written some really nice articles on Content Theft and she links to a bunch of tricks and tools that can be used to curb content theft. One of the ways I know to deter the scrapers is to reduce the content in an RSS feed to summaries and I have done just that. There are other tools such as CopyScape that I could use but I fear that those will just increase information overload. Sadly, I hope to reduce the amount of time we spend fighting off scrapers but am pretty sure that theft will not disappear.
We apologize again for serving summaries through our RSS feed. Please ask if you would like to use and/or re-display our content, we will probably say Yes! Also, if you are using the content from this blog, please do not claim it as your own but provide proper attribution.
[UPDATED] I heard and frankly agree with all the complaints. Back to full feed after a mere three hours. Trying an RSS footer plugin instead. Any and all other suggestions welcome!