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#1 2016-08-17 11:52:55

lonewolf
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Registered: 2016-02-28
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Who are these people?

http://exceptionin.com/q/solved-xbacklight-problem/1

https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=213056

See the links. The contents are same. Are they farming questions/answers data from archlinux forums?

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#2 2016-08-17 13:02:20

R00KIE
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From: Between a computer and a chair
Registered: 2008-09-14
Posts: 4,734

Re: Who are these people?

The forums are public so anyone can see the threads and scrape the content, which seems to be the case here, everything is the same down to the thread title. That website seems to be scraping content from a few other places as well.


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#3 2016-08-17 13:11:45

oliver
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Registered: 2007-12-12
Posts: 448

Re: Who are these people?

I've seen other sites like this... I assumed they scrape content in order to drive visitors to their ad laden site.

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#4 2016-09-08 21:48:35

stevendupuis
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From: Ottawa, Canada
Registered: 2013-04-25
Posts: 18
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Re: Who are these people?

oliver wrote:

I've seen other sites like this... I assumed they scrape content in order to drive visitors to their ad laden site.

Unfortunately there are sleazy scumbags no matter where you go. Somebody has linux envy, and insecurity issues.

They should have used a credit and a link reference.

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#5 2016-09-08 21:54:57

Alad
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From: Bagelstan
Registered: 2014-05-04
Posts: 2,414
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Re: Who are these people?

It's like the "install tutorials" on blogs and youtube, except taken one step further. wink


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#6 2016-09-08 22:11:52

lahwaacz
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From: Czech Republic
Registered: 2012-05-29
Posts: 750

Re: Who are these people?

stevendupuis wrote:

They should have used a credit and a link reference.

I don't see anything that would force them to make such attribution. For example, user contributions on Stack Exchange are licensed under the CC BY-SA license, which takes care of this. Is there similar "terms of service" document for these forums?

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