Thursday, January 07, 2010
I hate parasites.
Like the incompetent boob boss at work who relies on your skills and intelligence to stay in power and collect a bigger paycheck. You do the grunt work, he takes the credit. And don't get me on the topic of volunteering your time and talent for a non-profit organization that doesn't recognize your efforts.
And there are plagiarists or thieves who just take your work and use it any way they want, especially to make money.
Some bloggers who have been "hotlinked" have created an online uproar. Usually hotlinking refers to one site linking to an image on another site. Because the image is still on the other site's server, the linking site doesn't have to worry about increased bandwidth costs. Sorta like hopping on the back of the bus and not paying for a ticket. Everyone else pays but not you.
But hotlinking can also involve taking entire posts and other material from another site. Other bloggers do the work, the hotlinker just aggregates the material. You go to the hotlinking site and think that it is the one sponsoring such blogs as The Debris Field. One example is a site called X News Now. Here's a screencap of a page from that site (click on image to magnify it if too small):
As you can see, you get the impression that X News Now has a subsection called Phantoms & Monsters created by Lon Strickler. Wrong. All they've done is take Lon's work at his own blog and reproduce it on their site through hotlinking. And if you click on the Phantoms & Monsters link on X News Now, it doesn't taken you to Lon's blog, you just stay at XNN. Lon remains completely out of the loop.
Another offender has been Theresa J. Thurmond Morris (who I profiled some time ago). Yesterday her site was hotlinking but apparently the uproar has had an effect: today all you see when you go there is 404: Nobody Home.
Besides using some else's bandwidth, the hotlinkers use the free material to make some money through ads on their site -- even though the scraped blogger offers his material completely free, no ads on his site. And sometime the ads on a hotlinking site open you up to viruses, trogans, and adware.
Here are some of the sites that have been hotlinked:
(Alien, UFO, & Paranormal Times)
(The Debris Field)
(The Orange Orb)
(Phantoms & Monsters)
This is far from a complete list. Go direct to these URLs and bypass the lazy hotlinking thieves. Support the original creator, not a no-talent thief. And spread the word about parasite hotlinkers.
Posted by Ray Palm (Ray X) at 1:32 PM