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Did you realise that there's a ghost version of you asking questions on Mahalo Answers?

Asked by richardhenry (12641points) June 1st, 2009

http://blog.fluther.com/blog/2009/06/01/an-open-letter-to-jason-calacanis/

I find it bizarre that Mahalo Answers create ghost accounts on their website for questions they detect on Twitter. It essentially steals your Twitter username and your question, to create a Mahalo account in your image, asking the same thing you did. They do this without asking or attributing you.

Unfortunately for Fluther, their Twitter account has a habit of asking questions, so it’s a bit of a target. Which means that inadvertently and without our knowledge, some of our questions are ending up on Mahalo, without any attribution whatsoever.

How do you feel about this?

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ABoyNamedBoobs03's avatar

lol pretty cool actually.

Tink's avatar

Fluther questions are for Flutherers only I don’t like it but it does sound cool

TaoSan's avatar

I think it’s outrageous and VERY Jason Calacanis -like. My questions are directed at a community I know and trust, and not intended for someone else to pad their venue.

Mahalo just disappeared from my bookmarks bar.

Go get them, I’ll show up in court…

Lightlyseared's avatar

So do you think this question will end up over there?

chyna's avatar

I don’t like sharing.

eponymoushipster's avatar

suckage on their part.

Allie's avatar

BOO!! I don’t like it.

Jeruba's avatar

I don’t know anything about them (well, now I do), but I don’t want what I post here to go anywhere but here.

hungryhungryhortence's avatar

I’ll chime in to say I don’t like the idea but I’m not surprised either anymore. On a site I used to belong to, there were users who would copy questions from fluther and other sites to use as their own and they also weren’t above taking other people’s usernames or avatars. What protections if any does Twitter extend to it’s users?

Tink's avatar

A$$ho13s :)

Darwin's avatar

He needs to do the same to Askville, so that the Amazon.com lawyers can stomp him flat. It would be one thing if he linked back to the original Fluther question, but evidently any identifying information is being stripped off.

Bad, Jason! Bad, bad Jason! Go to your room.

ABoyNamedBoobs03's avatar

doesnt really seem that bad to me….

I mean, I’m flattered we’re held in such high regard…

hearkat's avatar

I found that Yahoo! Answers were somehow being distributed to other sites when I Googled my username. I guess the same thing is happening in this scenario. I’d prefer it didn’t work that way, because it suggests that I have accounts on all these different sites.

Blondesjon's avatar

As I stated before on your blog posting I am more than willing to do whatever you all like to make things as surreal and uncomfortable as possible for the aforementioned assholes.

Let me at ‘em.

eponymoushipster's avatar

@Blondesjon let’s form a posse, dude.

Blondesjon's avatar

@eponymoushipster . . . regulators! mount up!

aprilsimnel's avatar

I don’t want my questions distributed on other sites! That’s bullshit! If I didn’t sign up over there, then they’ve no right to use anything I put here! This is a private site. And Twitter is a private site, too! What’s wrong with them? :P

cak's avatar

That’s just craziness. I want what I say to stay here, unless I post it, otherwise. BLAH!

loser's avatar

I say we go storm the headquarters!!! Who’s with me?!!

chyna's avatar

Lurve to the posse members.

Dr_C's avatar

Ok guys… i’ve got the car battery and the testicle clamps! Gasoline and matches…

Tink's avatar

Haha I’m in!!!

arnbev959's avatar

Count me in as well. I have pitchforks.

eponymoushipster's avatar

@loser join the posse

Regulators.

we regulate any stealin’ off this property…we’re damn good, too.
but you can’t be any geek off the street.
gotta be handy with the steel, if you know what i mean.
earn your keep.

REGULATORS ...mount up!

cyn's avatar

i don’t like the idea that they are ghosting our questions. BIG JERKS! WTF anyways…I’ll show up in court too!
@epony… I’m so in!

The_Compassionate_Heretic's avatar

Wow, that’s bad karma from mahalo.com.

loser's avatar

@petethepothead You really have pitchforks? Can I use one? I say we burn torches too!!!

Blondesjon's avatar

Angry mobs are no better than the folks they are lynching. We have to be trolls with brains when we attack.

Sample Question for Mahalo(since they need them so bad):“Is it wrong to let your dogs lick your balls while you masturbate?

See, I spelled masturbate right.

Jeruba's avatar

You can borrow six of my heaviest dictionaries and word ‘em to deff.

cyn's avatar

lurve blondesjon! I love you oops did i say that out loud?

dynamicduo's avatar

Disgusting behaviour. Somewhat of a surprise coming from Jason Calacanis. It seems their clone fluther account is banned, so maybe this will be remedied properly instead of that first email he sent.

Tink's avatar

@cyndihugs – he’s married to @jonsblonde !!!!

Jeruba's avatar

We can lurve him anyway.

Tink's avatar

Hehe Yeah :)

The_Compassionate_Heretic's avatar

I’m new to this situation. I feel like I missed an important detail.

What’s the history here between Fluther and this Jason person?

cyn's avatar

@Tink1113 yeah, I know and what Jeruba said “we can lurve him anyway…”

cyn's avatar

@The_Compassionate_Heretic great question! :) you should ask that on the front page…

Aethelwine's avatar

My man is awesome, I know! That’s why I lurve love him so much.

Blondesjon's avatar

@jonsblond . . .i love you too baby. fuck all this drama let’s go do that thing we saw on the discovery channel

Tink's avatar

@Blondesjon -Hello kids here!!!!

cyn's avatar

@Blondesjon and @jonsblond can I join? I like the discovery channel too! :)))

Tink's avatar

I mean teens your one too don’t act :)

cyn's avatar

@Tink1113 shhhhhh…don’t tell

Tink's avatar

Too late sorry

cyn's avatar

oh darn

Blondesjon's avatar

When did they start showing dirty shit on the Discovery channel?

@jonsblond. . . Nevermind baby, we’ll migrate some other time.

cyn's avatar

i’m just waiting for Blondesjon…..oh crap…why always too late!

Tink's avatar

@Blondesjon – How could you just let @jonsblond‘s hope up like that!!!!
:)

cyn's avatar

yeah! You’re lucky she still lurves loves you anyway

Tink's avatar

Yeah chase after her!!!!

eponymoushipster's avatar

hey you too, get a room.

cak's avatar

@Dr_C I’m kind of concerned about your possession of testicle clamps. I don’t have ‘em (testicles), but yeeeeeeeeeeeouch!

Allie's avatar

[mod thinks this question got WAY off topic] Hint hint.

Tink's avatar

@Allie – should we leave before we get deleted? @psyla got me paranoid yesterday

Allie's avatar

@Tink1113 There won’t be any deleting. I see no reason for that anyway, but… back on topic, Jellies!

Tink's avatar

Ok sorry

cyn's avatar

anyway…yeah! I think he should be deleted from the Internet company! We, flutherites, well make damn sure he will never return! ;)

cookieman's avatar

Dont like this one bit. Is there any legal recourse Bendrew can pursue?

otherwise, who can I injure?

Tink's avatar

Read to find out

Jeruba's avatar

Straighten up, guys. Allie wants us to go back to making war, not love.

Damn, it’s hard to be serious for long.

TaoSan's avatar

cprevite + taosan = almost 500 pound angry jelly!

Let’s go dude, I’ll bring ninja masks….

cyn's avatar

@TaoSan I’m with you, man!

Allie's avatar

(sigh) No one listens to me. =[

Jeruba's avatar

@Allie, we did! We quit blowing kisses at Blondesjon and resumed sharpening pitchforks.

TaoSan's avatar

cool cyndihugs is in too W00t!

(don’t listen to Allie)

Tink's avatar

I did, they are all bad

cyn's avatar

@everyone lol4rl

Dr_C's avatar

@cak the testicle clamps were originally purchased as part of a set of torture devices that were to be implemented by the original group of Camp Fire regulators during what some might call “The Troll Wars” a few months ago. I just hung on to them because.. you never know when you might need testicle clamps…. or to burn something :)

Regulators…..

cak's avatar

@Dr_C Ride on, Regulators. ;)

Dog's avatar

So- just in case this is not easily resolved using pitchforks, testical clamps and mounds or red ants and honey why can’t we simply take the question mark off the end of the twitter feed?

TaoSan's avatar

Dog

Wow! LOL
WOW!!!!!
W.O.W!!!!!

brilliant, lol

richardhenry's avatar

@Dog To avoid having our clothes stolen, we shouldn’t wear any clothes. :D

cyn's avatar

@richardhenry
Again with the whole naked thing? LOVE IT! Are we going to pillow fight?

richardhenry's avatar

@cyndihugs I’m subtly hinting. Eventually everyone will be naked and wonder how it happened.

Dog's avatar

he he he he

@richardhenry I do realize it is a simplistic idea that really would not thwart anyone nor would it actually work. I just could not resist tossing the idea out there.

@TaoSan Do I have to slap you?- You know I will!

cyn's avatar

hey everyone….we’re getting naked again :)))

Allie's avatar

This thread is bound to get kinky. I give up. Go nakie and romp freely, you hooligans.

cyn's avatar

@Allie woot woot!

augustlan's avatar

Most uncool. I have swords. And an axe.

cyn's avatar

@augustlan
are farts any good?

augustlan's avatar

Depends… what have you been eating? ;)

cyn's avatar

@augustlan
Broccoli, beans, and eggs….oh and meat! Does it help?

TaoSan's avatar

@Dog

Yeah, I was hoping to get dog slapped :-P

Seriously tho, sometimes the solution is so easy lol. And since we’re all getting nekkid….

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