In an old post from 2011 on pili nuts entitled “How to blanch, peel and roast pili nuts” here, I received a very recent comment from a reader who calls herself “Rose”…
“Thanks. We found the most delicious recipes at Pili Nut Farms. We liked the Healthiest chocolate bar ever recipe. Yummmm! I think their website is pilinutfarms.com“
I am wary of first time commenters that have something to sell, so I typically “moderate” such comments and decide whether to allow or delete any comments with a clear commercial bent. Having said that, I do, however, often encourage small scale artisanal producers to help them find markets for their products. A couple of things kind of annoyed me about this recent comment, so I thought I would write this post so that Ms. Rose would pay more attention to internet etiquette before launching her permanent commercial website that is apparently still “under construction”.
First, if you want to promote your site, say it out front. Don’t pretend you are someone else trying to help out my readers by sending them to a site you identify. In this case, Rose, the site is yours, and you can’t THINK their site is pilinutfarms.com, you KNOW for a FACT it is that site, because you leave it as your email address and trackback link. Perhaps it’s just a language issue, but I don’t think so.
As for the “healthiest chocolate bar ever recipe” you refer to “on your site”, yes, you have a LINK on your site to the video, but the original source of the video is from youtube, “The Amazing Things Pili Nuts Can Do! Episode 729” and posted by “Matt Monarch” of the rawfoodworld.com. So you did not LITERALLY mean we could find “the most delicious recipes at Pili Nut Farms.” Perhaps what you meant is that you can find links to recipes created by others on your site.
Second, do not use photos of pili nuts on your website that do NOT belong to you, or for which you have not asked permission of the owners of the photos or at the very least, provide a source and acknowledge where you got them from. You did list references for the information you have on the homepage of your website, so I wonder why you didn’t go one step further and include the source of your photos. But this brings up other things in my mind, like if you OWN and OPERATE a pili nut farm, shouldn’t you have EASY ACCESS to and be able to take SPECTACULAR PHOTOS of your own pili nuts instead of lifting them from the net? What kind of credibility do you hope to engender with potential clients if you can’t even show them an actual photo of your pili nuts?
Photo # 1 : Raw pili nuts in a Waterford bowl — apparently lifted from Marketmanila.com, post here, the same site you have the gall to then return to, to promote your own commercial pili nut venture! Perhaps you didn’t even know you lifted the photo from my site, because you may have just taken it from google images, where the same photo appears amongst dozens of photos of pili nuts. But then, if that were the case, you conveniently forgot to pay heed to the note on every single photo displayed that says “images may be subject to copyright”.
Photo # 2 : Close up of a pili nut from which a bite was taken. Appears to be taken (with or without permission) from the website organicpilinuts.com, possibly a competing business, I gather, that wouldn’t be too thrilled, I suspect.
Photo # 3 : Background repeated photo of pili nuts still in their shells, apparently taken (with or without permission) from the website onlyfoods.net or philippinenews.com, though both of those could have found the photo elsewhere, and didn’t attribute it either…
Photo # 4 : Pili nuts spilling out of a glass, apparently taken (with or without permission) from a friend, Joey’s blog, 80breakfasts.com. And I am pretty sure Joey took that photo herself.
Rose, I hope your new business thrives and brings employment and benefits to the underprivileged in your home town, as you write and hope it will. I too, believe in KARMA. And I am pretty sure you meant no harm, and were perhaps just careless. But stealing is stealing, and intellectual property rights are something I hope you will respect in future. It’s good business practice, period.
P.S. In case you were searching for more recipes, rather than developing your own, here are a few things I have managed to cook with pili nuts as an ingredient: