A Note from the Editors
As regular readers know, we often solicit and publish guest posts at Ordinary Times, both from readers and professional writers who work elsewhere. Such was the case with the post Teamwork Is Overrated, a piece by Jennifer Dziura that was part of our Work Symposium.
Unfortunately, it appears that Teamwork Is Overrated is a piece that has already been submitted and published, verbatim, on a number of other blogs over the past two years. This was somewhat disappointing for a number of reasons — not the least of which is that I actually liked it quite a bit, both as a reader and an editor.
Though we pride ourselves on publishing a variety of different kinds of writing from a number of viewpoints, the truth is we don’t won’t (and in this case, can’t) publish just anything. We look to bring our readers quality writing that facilitates an ongoing conversation, free from spam or overt ads, PR, and puff pieces. While Teamwork Is Overrated certainly crossed that first hurdle of quality writing, it failed some of our other benchmarks — not the least of which is that we do not have permission from other blogs to republish content whose rights they must surely feel they control. Because of this we are removing the post content and closing its comments section.
Please note this removal is not intended as a criticism of Ms. Dziura. To my knowledge, she never once claimed the piece to be original or unpublished. Had we asked in advance, we might have been able to ask HuffPo for permission to re-publish content to which they now (I believe) own the rights. That’s on us, not Ms. Dziura.
Apologies to our readers, especially those in the midst of discussions in that post’s threads. Apologies as well to Ms. Diuza for our not asking better questions upfront, and to HuffPo for our inadvertent stepping on their toes.