They say getting your site ripped off is the greatest honor

In: Personal

2 Oct 2004

I was going through my referrer listings (it’s early in the month, so it’s much easier to catch any referrer spammers). Thankfully, there were very few, now that I’ve blocked referrers with the words “sex”, “porn”, “viagra”, “cialis”, and so on. Anyway, I came across this referrer that had no page views and plenty of hits – an almost sure sign of hotlinking (or it could also be RSS readers, forum threads, which are legitimate).

So I checked out, and almost thought I was viewing the wrong tab (it happens sometimes when you use tab-browsing) and was looking at my own blog. Of course, upon closer inspection, I realized it wasn’t my site but a rip-off of the current site’s design and layout. The CSS is identical, even the favicon.

Screenshot of ripoff of redemption in a blog

I wasn’t pissed – rather, I was flattered (as this entry’s title indicates). But I’m sure I want this Boris to quit using exactly the same design as mine. I kinda like what I have now (because Bart Noppen said he liked my color scheme, and I’m a big fan of Bart’s design skills) and I want the blog to be (somewhat) unique.

Boris, appreciate the honor, but please try to make it less of a rip-off would you? Thanks.

9 Responses to They say getting your site ripped off is the greatest honor


Andy Mason

October 2nd, 2004 at 2pm

It’s interesting that Boris’ byline is “or how to make a webpage harder to write than a phd thesis” when it is surely remarkably easy when you steal verbatim someone else’s efforts?


Rory Parle

October 2nd, 2004 at 6pm

He’s hotlinking your images? Your licence demands attribution and share-alike. He appears to abide by share-alike, if only because he left your CC button on the page. I don’t see any attribution. I suggest you use some mod_rewrite mojo to change the images served to visitors of his site; that would probably stop the hotlinking at least.



October 3rd, 2004 at 1am

And one can’t help but wonder who is writing his thesis . . .



October 3rd, 2004 at 2am

Geez, talk about shameless. I sure hope you reported that scumbag to his web host and to his university. I also second Rory’s comment about putting mod_rewrite to work if you can, to block – or better yet, replace with something utterly humiliating – the images he’s hotlinking.


Bart N.

October 3rd, 2004 at 7am

Just mod_rewrite the goatse image his way and thanks for the compliment. :)


Chris Boulton

October 3rd, 2004 at 2pm

Thats tragic.. Sure, maybe if he borrowed a few colours or ideas, but noooo.. he just copied the entire layout – and no credit either! Right down to the copyright image too.

I must admit though, you do have a very awesome site..



October 4th, 2004 at 9pm

The site is gone!!


Thomas Rutter

October 5th, 2004 at 9am

I’m guessing this isn’t the first time he’s stolen other people’s work. I would also bet on most of his PhD thesis and any previous thesis being stolen from other people’s work. Hope they check it out thoroughly.


mercedes 600

June 19th, 2006 at 10pm

Cool!.. Nice work…