Having found that the entire thread 1st Morecambe Beer Festvial had
been poached on drinksforum.com and tweeted by the same, I searched
and found 642 matches for my name on that forum - presumably all the
posts I have made on here or where others have quoted me ....
but it looks as though I am a genuine registered forum poster ..
It also quotes my name and sig that I use on here ....
OK - I have it now! My first post in this thread appeared there
overnight with the same title!
It must be an automated thing and this post, made directly by me to
the UK.food+drink.real-ale, will appear soon in www.drinksforum dot
So presumably it won't be read by anybody human.
So here's the issue: readers of drinksforum, probably none of the
people whose contrubutions appear here contributed them to that
forum. Probably there are no geniune users.
If you try to track down who owns the site, unusually, it is well
hidden but may be in USA.
So beware, readers of drinks forum, if you want live interaction with
real drinkers, real ale lovers who personally know their pibs and
beer festivals, come to UK.food+drink.real-ale - you will find it if
you google the whole name.
And in the meantime .... we could create some fun on here knowing it
will get posted there ... I'm about to experiment...!!!
It's always been done since pretty much the beginning of the World Wide Web.
DejaNews (now google groups) was probably the first to do it. I'm sure that
there are no legal issues as newsgroups are open access.
I used to run a website that ran in conjunction with
uk.games.computer.counterstrike which had the domain
I openly displayed all posts from that newsgroup so that people who didn't
have usenet access where able to read the group. I deliberately made it
read only so that you could not post to the 'forum' and stated clearly that
you would have to go to the newsgroup to post. Although not massively, it
did increase traffic to the newsgroup.
As far as I'm aware it's no different from your news server holding and
displaying the messages, it's just a different medium.
It appears that I'm wrong and was infringing on copyright laws.
In my defence though, my site was dedicated to the newsgroup and held the
charter as well as information on posting to newsgroups. There was no
advertising other than for the newsgroup itself.
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