Gawker stealing from the blue? May 16, 2008 7:20 AM   Subscribe

Interesting similarity between this Metafilter post and this Gawker post. Coincidence?
posted by mtstover to MetaFilter-Related at 7:20 AM (39 comments total)

What's the similarity, other than that they're about the same article?
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 7:26 AM on May 16, 2008 [1 favorite]


How can you "steal" from the blue when it is all links to other sites?
posted by Burhanistan at 7:29 AM on May 16, 2008


FWIW, I often see FPPs about things posted earlier on Gawker. It's to be expected - we're all living in the same world, mtstover.
posted by moxiedoll at 7:30 AM on May 16, 2008


Yeah, I think this is just the web working the way it normally works. If there was some verbatim copy and paste of the post's lede, then we could probably talk about eyebrow raising, but this is just two different sites (from among many) noticing the same article.
posted by cortex (staff) at 7:36 AM on May 16, 2008


Have you seen my eyeballs? I was getting along fine walking around blind around the same usual places. I didn't even know that I was missing my eyes since I have a good imagination and I suppose it filled in all the absent visual data with memories. But then a coworker said "Holy crap, Burhanistan! Your eye sockets are empty!". And sure enough, I reached up and felt and there was nothing but soft, lonely and wet empty holes where once healthy young eyes resided. Once I realized that, the Looney Toons Gravity Law took effect and my vision suddenly went dark (you know the cartoons where the character was not subject to gravity until someone gave him a book about it--same goes with missing eye blindness) Makes me wonder how many other people are also walking around without eyes, all the while pretending that they see everything.
posted by Burhanistan at 7:48 AM on May 16, 2008 [6 favorites]


Always happens. For example, sometimes BoingBoing picks up a MetaFilter post, sometimes MetaFilter picks up a BoingBoing post. The difference: you can actually read MetaFilter comments without melting your brain.
posted by KokuRyu at 7:49 AM on May 16, 2008 [1 favorite]


Well I think someone deserves to lose a thumb over this. Cortex, work your magic. Thanks.
posted by dobbs at 8:05 AM on May 16, 2008


Burhanistan - 0

Odd jokey metaphors designed to insult the poster and get favorites but completely bomb - 1
posted by pwally at 8:21 AM on May 16, 2008


A thumb seems a tad extreme. Perhaps a pinky would suffice? To the first or second joint? A full removal seems unnecessary.

Personally, I feel that removing a thumb is best left to relatively major offenses like skimming the street tax on an ongoing basis, or trying to work with two street crews at the same time.
posted by aramaic at 8:23 AM on May 16, 2008


Maybe just touch up the cuticles.
posted by cortex (staff) at 8:25 AM on May 16, 2008


pwally, it was neither. But thanks for trying.
posted by Burhanistan at 8:26 AM on May 16, 2008


This just goes to prove what I've been saying all along, the security on MetaFilter is horribly substandard. In order to prevent these kind of breaches I propose the following security measures:

- Block access to any IPs of known bloggers.
- Add 128-bit encryption to all MetaFilter pages.
- Do not allow non-users to see any of the content on MetaFilter, only provide a link to create an account.
- Raise the membership fee from $5 to $5000, to keep out the riff-raff.
- Require written authorization from a mod before being able to view FPPs.
- Install hardware dongles and rootkit software on all user's machines to prevent account sharing and monitor any internet communication for leaks.
posted by burnmp3s at 8:31 AM on May 16, 2008 [1 favorite]


I love trying.
posted by pwally at 8:32 AM on May 16, 2008


Also, you can have all my favorites cause I don't need them for anything since Continental stopped tying them to frequent flier miles and upgrades.
posted by Burhanistan at 8:37 AM on May 16, 2008


Burhanistan - 0

Odd jokey metaphors about favori...

Okay I'll stop trying sorry.
posted by pwally at 8:44 AM on May 16, 2008


designed to insult the poster and get favorites

it was neither.

Bullshit. On Metafilter, it's always about one or the other, and it's usually about both.
posted by Dave Faris at 8:46 AM on May 16, 2008


In history, big ideas like evolution or calculus or whatever are often invented or discovered around the same time by unconnected people. The ideas are "in the air," so to speak. Hatin' on the annoying millennials is like that probably.
posted by Falconetti at 8:51 AM on May 16, 2008


You are all idiots! Give me favorites!
posted by brain_drain at 9:02 AM on May 16, 2008 [5 favorites]


Instead of "stealing" how about "simulposting"?
That way, I won't feel so bad when I find half the links "on the blue" have been simulposted from Neatorama.
posted by BozoBurgerBonanza at 9:05 AM on May 16, 2008


pwally you can't just stop now. Some of us depend on you. You just.. you just need to keep trying. Please.
posted by Catfry at 9:08 AM on May 16, 2008


I love trying.

I love succeeding.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 9:12 AM on May 16, 2008 [1 favorite]


Actually, for you dolts who insist everything is about favorites, the above idiotic metaphor thing was some keyboard diarrhea from a shadow grey site that made it over here. Sheesh. What is it with Dave Faris and favorites. Must be some kind of Faris Freudian Favorite Fetish.
posted by Burhanistan at 9:15 AM on May 16, 2008


Which came first, the chicken or the egg?
posted by Dave Faris at 9:29 AM on May 16, 2008


If I want to insult the poster, I'll come right out and say he's a brain-dead, tone-deaf asshat who wouldn't understand plagiarism if James Frey took his entire life story and made it his own and Oprah said it was the most boring thing she ever read, and he probably is the little brother of the Gawker hack who put the link here to drive traffic to big bro's lame writing because nothing else will, and he owes me for every second his idiocy has caused me to spend in this thread. That's what I would say.

By the way, the poster is a brain-dead, tone-deaf asshat who wouldn't understand plagiarism if James Frey took his entire life story and made it his own and Oprah said it was the most boring thing she ever read, and he probably is the little brother of the Gawker hack who put the link here to drive traffic to big bro's lame writing because nothing else will, and he owes me for every second his idiocy has caused me to spend in this thread. And he doesn't deserve a hug.
posted by wendell at 9:40 AM on May 16, 2008 [2 favorites]


Thanks for trying, wendell.
posted by SteveTheRed at 10:20 AM on May 16, 2008


I love gerunding.
posted by cortex (staff) at 10:25 AM on May 16, 2008 [1 favorite]


I think cortex should set Burhanistan's song to music. It could go onto the upcoming "Brain Dead and Tone Deaf in Asshat City" album.
posted by ikkyu2 at 10:34 AM on May 16, 2008


I love pie.
posted by Pastabagel at 10:35 AM on May 16, 2008


I love you.
posted by middleclasstool at 10:43 AM on May 16, 2008


I dunno -- pie is kind of overrated. I much prefer cake. (And don't come at me with that Portal bullshit -- it's better on its own merits.)
posted by danb at 11:08 AM on May 16, 2008


I am always trying. I am usually VERY trying.
posted by wendell at 11:58 AM on May 16, 2008


Will nobody think of the children? Millennials defined as those born between 1982 and 2002, so there is hating on 6 year olds?
posted by Cranberry at 12:28 PM on May 16, 2008


I am always trying. I am usually VERY trying.

I'm HARDLY TRYING, or at least that's what I'm TRYING HARD to be. HA HA HA!
[rimshot]
posted by burnmp3s at 12:45 PM on May 16, 2008


I like cake. But really good pie, warm?

And I thought the post sucked.
And if Gawker is stealing this they are through.

And everything I'll comment related to this FPP I will do in this form.
Because it's fucking annoying.
posted by From Bklyn at 2:17 PM on May 16, 2008


Shhhh!

I think we're being watched!

posted by quin at 2:43 PM on May 16, 2008


APPLE PIE
posted by WalterMitty at 5:48 PM on May 16, 2008


Millennials defined as those born between 1982 and 2002

Oh, SHIT. I just realised there is one of those in my HOUSE.
posted by goshling at 6:50 PM on May 16, 2008


we're all living in the same world, mtstover.

That's right. Sinatra's world. And don't you forget it, jack.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 1:26 AM on May 17, 2008


My nephew was born in 2002, and he's a lazy sack of shit.
posted by Mr. President Dr. Steve Elvis America at 12:51 PM on May 17, 2008 [1 favorite]


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