Iowa blog copies MeFi comments? July 30, 2005 2:36 AM   Subscribe

WTF? About halfway down this page, the comments start to get a little, er, familiar... Anyone know what's up? (And yes, I did find that by searching for "ASMED".)
posted by wakko to MetaFilter-Related at 2:36 AM (19 comments total)

never mind. the page lets anyone post. i thought it was slurping comments from MeFi...
posted by wakko at 2:37 AM on July 30, 2005

It's actually pretty strange from my very brief look. Why would someone (I'll assume it's singular) adopt a half doz. MeFite member names to comment in an Iowan weblog?
posted by peacay at 2:46 AM on July 30, 2005

that's what i cant understand, even if it was linked off a FPP on the blue page...
posted by wakko at 3:01 AM on July 30, 2005

What on earth are you talking about?
posted by grouse at 3:52 AM on July 30, 2005

if it was linked here, people likely went there to leave comments as themselves, perhaps even pasting their comments from here to there.

No big deal, nothing funny going on.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 3:53 AM on July 30, 2005

grouse, read this and the few under it.
posted by peacay at 3:57 AM on July 30, 2005

Well, wakko? Did you post the WAKKO comment there?
posted by nthdegx at 5:28 AM on July 30, 2005

Thanks peacay.
posted by grouse at 7:11 AM on July 30, 2005

That's the thing... I really don't think I posted anything to that site.
posted by wakko at 7:31 AM on July 30, 2005

Actually... I know I didn't!

Here is the MeFi post. The comments are IDENTICAL.
posted by wakko at 7:36 AM on July 30, 2005

It's only a dozen comments or so... but it is more than a little strange that they are in the exact same order, posted by the exact same people.
posted by wakko at 7:41 AM on July 30, 2005

Here's the thread that the comments were cut-and-pasted from, whether by the original posters or by more mysterious forces. It's not a slurper, since there are a good number of comments that didn't make it to the Iowa voice. OTOH, assuming that the Iowas voice runs on CST, they were all posted about five hours after the originals.

Seems a mite fishy to me.
posted by Johnny Assay at 7:47 AM on July 30, 2005

Someone at the Iowa blog must have seen MeFi in the logs, checked it out, liked some of the comments, and "imported" them.
posted by Mid at 7:50 AM on July 30, 2005

posted by crunchland at 8:56 AM on July 30, 2005

Hee hee. Good delivery.
posted by Ethereal Bligh at 9:19 AM on July 30, 2005

bizzare. The author of that site has now appoligized to "that metatalk site", so it dosn't seem like they did it. But the only possible motive would be to make your own site seem more popular.
posted by delmoi at 2:01 PM on July 30, 2005

Some people say that Metafilter rehashes the same old arguements so much that it becomes repetititive.
Why sould we be surprised that something the comments be re-hashed somewhere else? Just because they are identical? By the same posters?
Metafilter parodies life, life imitates metafilter.
posted by Balisong at 5:44 PM on July 30, 2005

So it looks like Matt's explanation doesn't cut the mustard. I wonder if he'll have another look in this thread. It's true that you often see MeFites comment at sites linked from MetaFilter.
posted by nthdegx at 2:28 AM on July 31, 2005

your mom doesnt cut the mustard
posted by Satapher at 8:05 PM on July 31, 2005

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