At what point does imitation move beyond flattery?

  • MSUBioNerd

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    Aug 12, 2009 3:11 AM GMT
    I like the feature of seeing the latest couple of guys to look at your profile. Every so often, I take a look at one of their profiles in return. This evening I did so to find someone had a verbatim copy of my "Guys I'm Looking to Meet" section of my profile...and I have a distinctive enough writing style to be pretty sure this wasn't just a case of him happening to write the same thing by chance. On a site like this, am I wrong to think that's not exactly kosher, given that a) the guy has never communicated with me directly and b) there's no attribution that he's not the one who wrote that?
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    Aug 12, 2009 3:23 AM GMT
    I can understand if a guy isn't good at expressing himself, but lifting stuff from other profiles is kinda bad.

    You should call him out on it. Send him a message. Or post a link to his profile. icon_lol.gif
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    Aug 12, 2009 4:31 AM GMT
    OH MY GOD I POSTED THE EXACT SAME THING TOO!


    "I'm looking for a kind guy with a brain, preferably housed in a nice frame. One who doesn't let his orientation define his personality, and has interests other than celebrity gossip and pop culture. And hopefully capable of thinking with the head above his shoulders. And who can look past the fact that this paragraph is composed almost entirely of fragments, despite the fact that I typically speak and write in grammatically-correct full sentences. ;)"




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    Maybe they're trying to get your attention, ya never know.
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    Aug 12, 2009 5:47 AM GMT
    imitation moves beyond flattery when it reaches the stalking stage . . . but seriously, plagiarism is so vulgar . . .

    . . . having said that, years ago I used a phrase of my own making -- Thoroughly Modern Mullah -- in a conversation with a friend, and then saw the phrase in print a couple of years later in the London Review of Books . . . but it had to be just a coincidence . . .

    once in a while, people do have the same or very similar thoughts . . . but in this case, you were probably robbed . . .
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    Aug 12, 2009 3:36 PM GMT
    I'm actually waiting for one thing I've said to an author to make into print.

    It was at a book signing put on by the Conservative Party and I told Ezra Levant "if I want to talk about rights, I'll go to a liberal, if I want to talk about keeping those rights I'll go to a conservative."

    He really liked it and I thought it was pretty bipartisan of me to say...icon_twisted.gif
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    Aug 12, 2009 3:43 PM GMT
    MSUBioNerd saidI like the feature of seeing the latest couple of guys to look at your profile. Every so often, I take a look at one of their profiles in return. This evening I did so to find someone had a verbatim copy of my "Guys I'm Looking to Meet" section of my profile...and I have a distinctive enough writing style to be pretty sure this wasn't just a case of him happening to write the same thing by chance. On a site like this, am I wrong to think that's not exactly kosher, given that a) the guy has never communicated with me directly and b) there's no attribution that he's not the one who wrote that?


    you should be flattered. The time when you are supposed to get pissed is if he gets the hot guy and you don't!icon_exclaim.gif
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    Aug 12, 2009 3:49 PM GMT
    makavelli saidIt was at a book signing put on by the Conservative Party and I told Ezra Levant "if I want to talk about rights, I'll go to a liberal, if I want to talk about keeping those rights I'll go to a conservative."


    I just threw up.
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    Aug 12, 2009 3:49 PM GMT

    When imitation becomes more than flattery....lol!




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    Aug 12, 2009 4:03 PM GMT
    I say if he isn't using your pictures you are fine. Some people do not have the eloquence that you may have. Someone may have misrepresented themselves in the presentation of who they are looking for but it does not change what qualities they are looking for.
    I say be flattered.
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    Aug 12, 2009 5:41 PM GMT
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    makavelli saidIt was at a book signing put on by the Conservative Party and I told Ezra Levant "if I want to talk about rights, I'll go to a liberal, if I want to talk about keeping those rights I'll go to a conservative."


    I just threw up.



    I know the feeling. But I was invited by my gay Conservative Party friend and actually the event wasn't terrible, albeit utterly partisan with the use of "Marxist journalists" coming up often..icon_lol.gif
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    Aug 13, 2009 2:50 PM GMT
    This remind me of being in high school when students would ask to look at my homework and like idiots they would copy it word by word.

    Clearly they know they don't communicate the same way I do, and considering the fact that I was our teacher's favorite she was going to notice.

    If you like what I did thats ok, its even ok to be inspired by it while doing your own. But if you're going to decide to copy me please at least do so in your own words.

  • MSUBioNerd

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    Aug 13, 2009 3:03 PM GMT
    I have to admit, I'm very amused by the notion that it's OK to plagarize profile text, but not lift pictures. The implication of that is that it that it's OK to pretend that you have someone else's brain, but not someone else's body or face. As a guy whose best chance at attracting another is clearly based on his brain, that doesn't sit wonderfully with me.

    It's a relatively moot point here on RealJock -- although many of you are the types of guys I'd like to go out with, distance makes that not feasible, so I'm not really using this site as a dating resource. Still, even if someone likes the general idea someone else has conveyed, it's not asking too much that they either paraphrase it or put it in quotes with a citation.
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    Aug 13, 2009 3:18 PM GMT
    I think you should hire ninjas to track him down and kill him in his sleep.
  • MSUBioNerd

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    Aug 13, 2009 3:35 PM GMT
    Ninjas and cookies are your answer for everything. I think you're just trying to drum up revenue for your freelance ninja bakery business.
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    Aug 13, 2009 3:52 PM GMT
    MSUBioNerd saidI like the feature of seeing the latest couple of guys to look at your profile. Every so often, I take a look at one of their profiles in return. This evening I did so to find someone had a verbatim copy of my "Guys I'm Looking to Meet" section of my profile...and I have a distinctive enough writing style to be pretty sure this wasn't just a case of him happening to write the same thing by chance. On a site like this, am I wrong to think that's not exactly kosher, given that a) the guy has never communicated with me directly and b) there's no attribution that he's not the one who wrote that?


    At least you have the sincerity and depth to back up what you wrote because you didn't just cut and paste.

    I figure of the guys who could take my profile info and back it up, would already be up to the task of writing thier own profiles anyway.

    "Wow, you play harp, do work in graphics and 3D animation and raise orchids too?"

    "Um......yes.... So.....'sup? Ur hot!"
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    Aug 13, 2009 3:57 PM GMT
    That's not true! I'm also donating part of the money raised to the World Society for Raising Awareness of the Evilness of Furry Little Creatures.
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    Aug 13, 2009 4:14 PM GMT
    MSUBioNerd saidI like the feature of seeing the latest couple of guys to look at your profile. Every so often, I take a look at one of their profiles in return. This evening I did so to find someone had a verbatim copy of my "Guys I'm Looking to Meet" section of my profile...and I have a distinctive enough writing style to be pretty sure this wasn't just a case of him happening to write the same thing by chance. On a site like this, am I wrong to think that's not exactly kosher, given that a) the guy has never communicated with me directly and b) there's no attribution that he's not the one who wrote that?

    maybe this guy is a big fan of the movie "single white female"