My Content is Being Scraped…Badly

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Looks like these posts I’m writing are interesting some excerpt bot. I have been getting some reactions on Technorati lately that involve other blogs taking excerpts of my posts, incorrectly naming the author (as “peterblackqut”, “Alex”, “David George-Cosh”, etc.) and often omitting a subject (“[Incorrect name] wrote an interesting post today on”, with no actual what), and linking back to me. I have no real problem with others taking excerpts of my content, especially since they’re linking back and increasing my blog’s reputation, but it’s annoying to be misnamed (differently) every time. I have a feeling the bad author scraping has to do with one of the widgets in the sidebar, maybe the Recently Starred Items box for Google Reader, but having to manually comment on each infringing post is annoying. I have better things to do than police my own Internet alias. I could just let it go, but vanity strikes… I might not be as annoyed if the corrected names showed up in Technorati, but the incorrect ones stick around.


I am an avid technology and software user, in addition to being reasonably well-versed in CSS, JavaScript, HTML, PHP, Python, and (though it still scares me) Perl. Aside from my technological tendencies, I am also a theatre technician, sound designer, violinist, singer, and actor.

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