November 04, 2003

Whitey-drivel. Self-links. Happening frequently lately. Are new users just not getting it?

posted by jerseygirl to navel gazing at 09:21 AM - 38 comments

Is there something more we, as a community, can do to help prevent these occurances, or are these opportunistic people just going to get through, no matter what?

posted by jerseygirl at 09:23 AM on November 04, 2003

So far all we know is that Whitey is a contributor there. Are we sure it is a self-link?

posted by vito90 at 09:27 AM on November 04, 2003

i'd be willing to wager a sausage calzone that its a self-link...hmm...almost lunch time.

posted by garfield at 09:54 AM on November 04, 2003

and not to be selfish, but whitey stole my local liquor store moniker.

posted by garfield at 10:19 AM on November 04, 2003

if he had submitted an actual sports story link to discuss and gave us the old "as found on..." addendum I would say no harm, no foul (provided it isn't at the end of every single post he'd do). but there is nothing in the post worth sharing here or worth discussing. it is an uninspired way of getting some free traffic from one sports blog to another. yellow card.

posted by gspm at 10:23 AM on November 04, 2003

Whitey has posted 1 link and to SportsFilter and no threads and no comments to the Locker Room I'd say it was a get hits and run job.

posted by chuck cash at 11:28 AM on November 04, 2003

Whitey's the publisher of SportsDrivel.Com.

posted by rcade at 12:28 PM on November 04, 2003

Tar first, then feather. Repeat.

posted by jerseygirl at 12:40 PM on November 04, 2003

JG, don't forget the rinse cycle!

posted by billsaysthis at 02:36 PM on November 04, 2003


posted by lilnemo at 03:11 PM on November 04, 2003

I still think this guy didn't know the guidelines. It's not a bad site. Let it go. This too will pass. Maybe this guy will spread the word about Sportfilter. I enjoy being a jerkass more than most, but let's just let this die. If he was a real self-poster, then whatever. Maybe people will come here from his site. And no, I don't know this guy. I know 86, garfield, and I've exchanged emails with succa. We're getting mean, and it concerns me. It's okay to make fun of billy, but this is a bit much.

posted by Samsonov14 at 03:18 PM on November 04, 2003

For the record, Billy you suck. Billy. I kid becauseI love.

posted by Samsonov14 at 03:20 PM on November 04, 2003

sammy, i see where your sympathy comes from, being Whitey's first link and all, but I don't by the innocent rap; isn't self-linking frowned upon everywhere? and not that I personally care either way, (I learned it by watching you [points finger]) it seems to be well-practiced protocol here, both on the self-linkers and the spofi mob's part. at the same time, I need to chill with the venom.

posted by garfield at 03:35 PM on November 04, 2003

sweet. we're a mob now?

posted by jerseygirl at 04:07 PM on November 04, 2003

We have been nice -- he still has an account.

posted by rcade at 04:11 PM on November 04, 2003


posted by jerseygirl at 04:14 PM on November 04, 2003

maybe that was the wrong word...I was referring the to frequent posters, myself included. though, it's kind of exciting to be a part of a mob. mom never let me join that gang that hung out under the overpass, so maybe spofi is filling some sort 'mob' vacuum.

posted by garfield at 04:16 PM on November 04, 2003


posted by StarFucker at 05:28 PM on November 04, 2003

Goddamn it, all I know is removing the link erased my Garrett Morris lyrics, and that, by God, is highly regrettable.

posted by wfrazerjr at 05:44 PM on November 04, 2003

Sammy, how is it that I deserved your attentions for the vitriol?

posted by billsaysthis at 06:53 PM on November 04, 2003

To answer the original question, I think the self-linking problem is a consequence of SportsFilter's growing popularity. We'll probably need to institute a trial period in which new members can't post to the front page.

posted by rcade at 09:16 AM on November 05, 2003

i gave it some thought on the way home last night (i have a long commute) and there probably isn't much we can do to stop this. Opportunists are opportunists and if they see somewhere they can self link and self promote, they will. I don't know if it's a matter of banning accounts or what-have-you, because generally these people aren't interested in joining the spofi family anyway in the long term.] fraz - the link still works. click the first LR link in my initial post here.

posted by jerseygirl at 10:23 AM on November 05, 2003

Jsut lashing out, Bill. I'm probably still upset because you're a Devils fan.

posted by Samsonov14 at 12:03 PM on November 05, 2003

Trial period or minimum comments before getting FPP-ing priveledges would probably deter some. More than anything though, it's not that big of a deal so long as it gets deleted quickly and there aren't any second or third offenses.

posted by Ufez Jones at 12:09 PM on November 05, 2003

Sammy, I understand your pain. No problem.

posted by billsaysthis at 01:33 PM on November 05, 2003

I know, Jgirl, but I was envisioning an entire thread of SNL quotes. *sigh* Oh well, nevermind.

posted by wfrazerjr at 04:19 PM on November 05, 2003

Im sorry dear. It will happen again soon enough. Show up early next time ;)

posted by jerseygirl at 06:37 PM on November 05, 2003

Sweet sassy molassy! Break out the checkbook and pay grandma for the rubdown. Am I too late?

posted by Samsonov14 at 09:29 PM on November 05, 2003

Welllll, la dee FREAKIN' dah! Apparently not. And see, something good DOES come out of self-posting.

posted by wfrazerjr at 06:07 AM on November 06, 2003

bong, Bong, BONG...BA-BONG! it's never too late.

posted by garfield at 07:07 AM on November 06, 2003

When I die, I would like to go peacefully, in my sleep, like my Grandfather did. Not screaming and yelling like the passenger in his car. I knew this thread would get productive eventually.

posted by kloeprich at 11:48 AM on November 06, 2003

One thing kids like is to be tricked. For instance, I was going to take my little nephew to Disneyland, but instead I drove him to an old burned-out warehouse. "Oh, no," I said. "Disneyland burned down." He cried and cried, but I think that deep down, he thought it was a pretty good joke. I started to drive over to the real Disneyland, but it was getting pretty late. Best. Jack Handy. Ever.

posted by Ufez Jones at 11:58 AM on November 06, 2003

If you ever fall off the Sears Tower, just go real limp, because maybe you'll look like a dummy and people will try to catch you because, hey, free dummy. My fave.

posted by gspm at 02:13 PM on November 06, 2003

"It's funny that pirates were always going around searching for treasure, and they never realized that the real treasure was the fond memories they were creating."

posted by jerseygirl at 05:06 PM on November 06, 2003

No Coke, Pepsi!

posted by billsaysthis at 07:42 PM on November 06, 2003 a van, down by the river!

posted by StarFucker at 01:53 AM on November 07, 2003

Do you know who self-links? Satan. Satan self-links. Now everybody get up and do the dance.

posted by billsaysthis at 04:54 PM on November 07, 2003

Sorry about the link. I do contribute as a user, but don't personally run the site.

posted by Whitey at 11:24 PM on November 09, 2003

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