on Nov 8, 2007
I follow all the links to my site that Technorati picks up. For example, the last several links have come from Back Home, Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily, How Many Miles to Babylon?, Rusty Badger, and Haibane.info. (Although I’d actually seen a couple of these already by the time Technorati picked it up. There is often an odd delay between the time someone posts something and when it shows up on TR. Sometimes days, and they often are not listed chronologically.)
I heard about “reposter” blogs years ago, but I’d never seen one in action before. Then last Thusday I was cruising through the incoming links and found one. It was a blog that had simply taken one of my posts and reproduced it, content, title, and all. Even had my name on it. I’m not going to link it, but for the curious, blog.avyakta.net/?p=124 is the address.
This is a very strange thing to see. It’s not particularly upsetting, but it is hard to understand why someone would do this, or what they hope to get out of it.
I can tell this was done by an automated script. The other site replicated the links to the previous / next in the series, which no longer make sense when transplanted to the other site. A human most likely wouldn’t do that. Another curious thing is the fact that the post in question wasn’t all that interesting. It’s not linked elsewhere. It’s not talking about a topic likely to draw a lot of hits. It’s just some totally random post from my archives. (This one, actually.)
What is the point of this? The site doesn’t even have ads on it, so this person isn’t trying to build up a bunch of traffic for ad revenue. It’s just random strangeness.
Shamus Young is an old-school OpenGL programmer, author, and composer. He runs this site and if anything is broken you should probably blame him.