A Letter To An Admirer
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I'm sure you've figured all this business about eyeballs and hitcounts out on your own as a blogger; we're not so different, you and I.
One big difference, though, is that when I see an awesome idea on the Internet and expropriate it, I give credit. I link to the site, I give credit in the text, and if possible I provide a linkback note to the original writer. I don't, for example, gank a very popular post about things hard to give up for Lent that I saw on Digg. I don't expropriate the information in the comments (the two hours without coffee bit was the first comment) without credit either.
I would have sent you e-mail, but there's no e-mail address associated with your profile. I don't feel the need to join some social network in which I have no interest and for which I have no time just to send you a private message, so I left a comment on your copycat post, which you ignored.
Writing these things can be hard, or at least time-consuming work. Stop ganking my (copyrighted) posts, stand up like a decent human being, and apologize. Put a linkback and some credit on your post. Be a man.
Tu m'emmerdes. Go look it up.