I'm prettier than you are.
Friday, 20 September 2002

My treasured personal assistant, Chad, just directed my attention to his site to see his latest entry. I am now pissed off.


Well, just take a look, and then come back here.

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The THIEF, in a post dated September 19, writes, "i have redesigned the site along with the generous help of Aralyra.org." Never mind that he completely ripped off Chad's design and some of his content. I guess it shouldn't surprise me that he didn't give Chad credit, but still I'm seething.

Yeah yeah, imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but this is pushing it.

Chad, by the way, not one to ever sit idly by, sent the schmuck a fantastic email. If the guy has any integrity at all, he will respond. (Yeah right.)

UPDATE, 5:40 p.m. EST: Chad received an email apology from the offender. The site (terrycloth.net), as of this writing, is not available.

UPDATE, 7:15 p.m.: The site is back up, with a charming little quizlet!

fresh-baked at 10:35 AM

Really, really uncool. It's one thing to get ideas from someone's site, but this was a total rip-off.

A while back, someone asked me if they could use my site as a design. Since mine is nothing more than a tweaked MT template, I was actually surprised. They took the design and then changed all the colours, various elements, etc. Now, it looks nothing like mine.

Why don't people just ASK? argh

Offered by: Kelly on September 20, 2002 11:02 AM

That is my point on the matter as well.

A little while ago someone emailed me and asked if they could use one of my photos for a webpage template. The person was doing it "not for profit" but for the sake of making fun templates that anyone could use...freeware. I had no problem with that at all...and to be honest, was flattered.

Just last week, I myself used a photolog template that was posted "for free public use" from Love Productions and I still emailed her to thank her and let her know where I was using the template.

This guy just flat out copied my entire page to his site and swapped parts out one by one as he saw fit.

Tisk tisk....

Offered by: cmiper on September 20, 2002 11:43 AM

Responding to Jodi's **Update** -- Hooray! Justice prevailed and the people have spoken. As to the offender: bind him and smite him.

Trouble is, he probably didn't learn a thing from this incident. He probably thinks HE is the victim in this situation.

Offered by: Joni on September 20, 2002 06:34 PM

Well, he left one little snippet behind. Thank god for my trusty old "History" folder:


That needs to go as well. If he needs a template, there are about five of them over at the movabletype.org site. Jeesus....

Leave the creativity to those who know what to do with it.

Offered by: Joni on September 20, 2002 06:41 PM

Joni, that little snippet is gone, too, now. He did put something back on the site, though: a "Which Golden Girl Are You?" quiz thing. (I, for the so-called record, am Sophia. I wanted to be Dorothy, but that's just not the way it worked out. I am crushed. Devastated.)

The kid did apologize to Chad, but I think it was more out of fear than anything else. Chad told him that he'd have to pay for the time it took him (Chad) to design the site. The fee? $550! Haha!

Offered by: Jodi on September 20, 2002 07:19 PM

Funny you mention that, b/c just today I found out that someone was stealing screen captures from my daily show site. I don't know what to do. I want to chew her out, or sign her guestbook saying "those screen captures look awfully familar"...

Offered by: Anita on September 20, 2002 08:17 PM

Like a SCAB, I just can't seem to stop picking at this!

I went on Google and found a cached page using the search key "Which Golden Girl Are You" and also found that this page:


is still there. What nerve. I suppose he can claim that some visitor is responsible for the stolen content. It just keeps getting more pathetic....

Offered by: Joni on September 21, 2002 05:14 PM

At least the guy had the decency to take the copycat site down. There may be hope for him yet. Then again, he may just be copying a different design now. I'm considering changing my motto to "People are scum."

Offered by: mike on September 22, 2002 03:16 AM