Please note: this is an old post. I have been blogging for a really long time: since my childhood, in fact. Bear in mind that any opinions stated may have changed, any code snippets may no longer be considered safe or secure, and my personal circumstances are almost certainly different to what's contained herein. You have been warned...
It’s been a while since I’ve done a review or proper Pants Award so bear with me, I’m rusty. That said, I don’t hold out much hope for this one… we’re quite openly told on the front page of the site in question: “
I must warn you again, all the stealing stuff is gone” and “
Everything on this website right now was made by me“. Hmph. What would a Pants Award be without criticism of blatant copyright infringement? Oh well, I’ll struggle on.
Today’s lucky winner is one Killinginthename (link removed because of trojan). I was made vaguely aware of this website last year, when the owner was accused of stealing brushes and other tacky graphics crap from people like Jessica (swimchick). I don’t understand the whole brushes lark — they all look the same to me anyway — so I didn’t get involved. However, I was brought smack bang into the middle of it all when the owner (Jordan) left a comment on my blog telling me to get involved:
Hi, I read your blog about swimchick.net that you wrote in 06, and I think you should make another one.
This time, you should write about when she doesn’t get her way, she writes blogs about people ‘stealing’ because someone made a graphic similar to hers.
I had made a few brush sets with inspiration from hers, and I guess that just wasn’t ok. So she finally decided to contact my host, and lie, and say I stole a bunch of graphics (which is funny, because shes the only one actually stealing. she even sold layouts with stolen images, and used my brushes in one of them when I said no commercial use) therefor having my site terminated.
Before it was terminated, i got over 100 comments of hateful things, just because of her blog. She is an immature 18 year old, that only knows how to be a smart as. I recommend you write another inspiring blog about her.
Unfortunately, I don’t think he quite banked on the fact that I’d use it against him. If there’s one thing I despise it’s being told what to do. Add that to the fact that he is known for stealing and redistributing other people’s content? Not really a good combination.
Anyway, back to the website. There’s nothing particularly shocking about the layout, nor does it contain any of your typical “celebs”. The font is a bit small for my liking but that’s nothing that Firefox can’t fix for me. I missed the top navigation for a good 10 minutes because my eyes scanned over it as part of the layout, but as the main content is available through the sidebar it wasn’t a massive problem.
All photography belongs to their rightful owners.“. Doesn’t sound like everything on this website really was made by Jordan to me. Of course, must not be too hasty — the TOS could simply be out of date, right? Only one way to find out…
Ooh look, is that Mr Wentworth Miller I see? He’s a stern looking chap. I think Jordan was pretty lucky to have the opportunity to meet and photograph him. Likely? No, I didn’t think so. So much for “
Everything on this website right now was made by me“. Let’s not dwell on it though, what’s a few celebrity photographs between “friends”?
The tutorials are typically crap; the same ridiculously unhelpful tripe that every other webmaster has. Why strive for originality when conformity is so much more fun? As per usual, the code is displayed in a teeny tiny textarea when
allow_url_fopen() is enabled.
Apparently, sticking a few colours in an 11×11 box and putting them on your website constitutes a copyrightable graphic these days. Who knew? Can someone explain to me what a “Color Box” is?
The “Icons” are all made from unoriginal materials, the same goes for “Blends” and the same goes for “Stocks/Scans”. I wonder what planet Jordan was on when he decided that his content was no longer stolen, and that it any way warranted his copyright notice at the bottom.
Yawn. Yet another boring, predictable attempt at a graphics/resource site. Dodgy/stolen content, CSS bloated beyond belief, and a mix of HTML and XHTML with no doctype to serve it all. Well done Jordan, you’re pretty darned pants.
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