This is why their ad revenues are fat... May 18, 2010 9:18 AM   Subscribe

What's the policy on sites that rip-off content from other sites...?

I'm not suggesting for a second Zardoz knew when they posted This is why you're fat but it's a blatant rip of a Mens Health article.

I feel uncomfortable about MeFi generating ad revenues for some blogger who stole content...

Is it possible to swap the link out and maybe allow for a "there's a better source for this" flag...?
posted by sodium lights the horizon to Etiquette/Policy at 9:18 AM (35 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

Ew, that kind of sucks, yeah. The problem with no-attribution theft like that is that it's, yeah, often not clear that that's what happened.

I'll go switch the links. I don't think a flag is practical; writing us a quick note via the contact form takes not much more time and can give us specifics that a flag can't.
posted by cortex (staff) at 9:21 AM on May 18, 2010


I swear I read something very similar in this month’s Glamour.

Ahem, my girlfriend’s glamour.

That she told me about.

I only read Penthouse.

For the articles.
posted by Think_Long at 9:43 AM on May 18, 2010 [3 favorites]


Did the rip-off site also have each item on a single page? If not, I prefer that one.
posted by inigo2 at 9:51 AM on May 18, 2010 [2 favorites]


Yeah, "Men's Health" has slightly more useful health and nutritional information than say "Maxim".
posted by Burhanistan at 10:10 AM on May 18, 2010 [1 favorite]


Did the rip-off site also have each item on a single page? If not, I prefer that one.

It pains me a bit to make a change to a goddam click-o-fest, yes. But bad style is the lesser evil to outright theft, and this was pretty clearcut.
posted by cortex (staff) at 10:19 AM on May 18, 2010 [1 favorite]


My suggestion: ask Zardoz if he minds the link being switched. If he doesn't mind: no problemo.
posted by MuffinMan at 10:41 AM on May 18, 2010


Someone in the thread suggested linking to the site on Yahoo, since it's all on one page and they have a partnering agreement with Men's Health - could you do that?
posted by backseatpilot at 10:45 AM on May 18, 2010


backseatpilot: "
Someone in the thread suggested linking to the site on Yahoo, since it's all on one page and they have a partnering agreement with Men's Health - could you do that?
"

Hey, that's a good idea.
posted by boo_radley at 10:46 AM on May 18, 2010


The real site doesn't work for me. Lame.
posted by spaltavian at 10:53 AM on May 18, 2010


Yeah, me either. What was the original rip-off link?
posted by Greg Nog at 10:57 AM on May 18, 2010


Yeah, "Men's Health" has slightly more useful health and nutritional information than say "Maxim".

And "Star Wars Insider" has slightly more useful physics and science information than "Teen Vogue."
posted by ludwig_van at 11:21 AM on May 18, 2010 [4 favorites]


Yeah. The replaced link is totally fucked.
posted by eyeballkid at 11:33 AM on May 18, 2010


Yeah
posted by Burhanistan at 11:42 AM on May 18, 2010


Man, what the hell, Men's Health? Trying to help your mediocre ass out and then you go and collapse after I switch the link?

I'd be fine slotting in a legit Yahoo mirror of it if someone can provide the link. The one I saw in the thread wasn't actually the same content, just a brief overview of a few different Worsts.
posted by cortex (staff) at 11:46 AM on May 18, 2010


It doesn't look like Yahoo actually has this article. So... yeah, what was the original link?
posted by team lowkey at 11:56 AM on May 18, 2010


What's the policy on sites that rip-off content from other sites...?

Death, followed by cutting into cubes, followed by jumping up and down on the cubes.

Unfortunately, it seems like we might have inadvertently done the same thing to the content originator's site, too.
posted by FishBike at 11:58 AM on May 18, 2010


Dancercize!
posted by longsleeves at 11:59 AM on May 18, 2010


Updated the link again, hopefully it'll keep working this time. Thanks for the tip, mefite who mefimailed me.
posted by cortex (staff) at 12:15 PM on May 18, 2010


IT WAS ME!
it wasn't me
posted by grobstein at 12:29 PM on May 18, 2010


The new link (http://eatthis.menshealth.com/slideshow/20-worst-drinks-america-2010) still does not work for me. This one does though: http://eatthis.menshealth.com/node/184612
posted by ericost at 12:29 PM on May 18, 2010


I am canceling my subscription to Mod's Health immediately.

Can a few people check both of those and let's see if there's any consistent trend favoring one over the other as far as which works for who?
posted by cortex (staff) at 12:34 PM on May 18, 2010


Both links in ericost's comment work for me. Well, in the sense that I can get to the page. Not in the sense that I'm going to click through 20 times.
posted by inigo2 at 12:36 PM on May 18, 2010


Maybe they're using an intermittent interstitial ad and people are using ad blockers and getting a blank page? Which would be ironic.
posted by smackfu at 12:39 PM on May 18, 2010


What about linking to the Google cache?
posted by Pope Guilty at 12:40 PM on May 18, 2010


FWIW, my first link works for me now too.
posted by ericost at 12:49 PM on May 18, 2010


We could just list the damn things right here. I'll start:

1. WORST WATER:
Snapple Obscure-Fruit Healthy-Sounding-Buzzword Water Substitute
Junk food equivalent: 1 jar Karo Syrup and a soup spoon
Drink This Instead: Tap water (unless you live in Boston)
posted by ook at 1:06 PM on May 18, 2010 [3 favorites]


What's the policy on sites that rip-off content from other sites...?

Making the people who did it consume all 20 of these drinks in a row. While we film the results and post them to youtube.
posted by quin at 1:44 PM on May 18, 2010


This whole kerfuffle is not doing any good for Cortex's Health (I see a magazine idea here).
posted by oneswellfoop at 2:41 PM on May 18, 2010


I just wish I could see the list somewhere.
posted by graventy at 4:05 PM on May 18, 2010


None of the links posted here work for me. I click "Next" and it just takes me to a different article.
posted by pravit at 4:16 PM on May 18, 2010


"None of the links posted here work for me. I click "Next" and it just takes me to a different article."

They didn't work for me for a while there too but they seems to be working now.
posted by vapidave at 5:11 PM on May 18, 2010


I already know why I'm phat. Dope rhymin' and mad pop lockin' skills.
posted by P.o.B. at 5:57 PM on May 18, 2010 [1 favorite]


Gonna have to go ahead and remain unconvinced on that one, P.o.B.
posted by Joseph Gurl at 6:20 PM on May 18, 2010


I guess the whole point is, you really shouldn't drink so much.
posted by Mister_A at 8:34 AM on May 19, 2010


Gonna have to go ahead and remain unconvinced on that one

Are you asking for a CHALLENGE!
posted by P.o.B. at 3:05 PM on May 19, 2010


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