- About 90% of the site's content, text, and images, come from
- Direct Linking from other sites
Positives About The Page:
- At least attempts to credit the real owner of the material;
unfortunately, they did not have permission to use it.
Nominated by: Sailor Saturngirl
Aw, yes! Today Chef CereCere is going to show you how you to can
make a tossed web salad with hardly any effort! No sweat, no
tears, no pain, no gain... errr... no problem!
Let's take an existing web site, copy and paste most of the information
from it, copy most of the images from it, and while we're at it,
let's direct link a few images! There that will spice it up! Okay,
now toss it well with a layout from a free web layout site that
someone else also made, and give it a new title! There! no fuss, no
muss, just sit back and call it your own. Yes, it's a bad thing.
If you didn't figure it out yet, the above "recipe" describes Cat Box.
Most of the text and images in Cat Box comes directly from
(Best Oct. 1999). Compare the anime and manga info sections of both
sites, and you will quickly see Cat Box just copies and pastes word
for word from Krazy Kitty. Even the welcome message on the index page
is partly copied!
Now there are some original sections, and you can quickly tell which
are the original ones by the sudden difference in the layouts, not
to mention the sudden loss of some writing skills. Now to the site
owner's credit, there is an attempt to thank Krazy Kitty, but it's
only a link button. The only way you know the site owner is crediting
Krazy Kitty with it is through the image's alt property. Now, the
alt says only some of the images were taken from that site. It says
nothing about the information was also taken from there. If you are
going to credit someone, credit them for everything, and then clearly
mark it down. Don't hide it in an alt property, write in out below
the link button or the text link and give them full credit where credit
is due. Now in this case, crediting the site isn't quite enough,
because the owner of Krazy Kitty even says on her site not to take info,
etc. without permission. I contacted the owner of Krazy Kitty and
sure enough, Cat Box did not have permission.
The only advice I have to give to Cat Box's owner is start back from
scratch and come up with your own site. Trust me, you'll do a lot
better in the long run. You'll get no where by copying off others, it
makes you look bad, and it should make you feel bad. Just because
this is the web doesn't mean the everyday morals of life don't apply.
Just like you can't copy in school, you can't copy on the web and
expect to get away with it.
Well, let's see. Starting off with the front page... Can we say
"tacky"? First, the whole falling cats thing is just wrong, not
to mention it looks bad. Second, one button at the bottom doesn't
work, the so-called "my frind's grafic site^.^" Third, the
picture with "cat box" in it is pretty lame and needs something
more interesting to it. Heck, even a text title would be better.
It's probably just be homepage.com, but for some reason I always
have to hit "reload" on my browser for pages to stop giving me
error messages about how they don't exist, or for graphics to
fully load up. Anyway, I checked out the anime and manga profile
pages. Actually, they aren't too bad, if if rather plain, other
than they're word for word stolen from Krazy Kitty. Have I ever
mentioned that plagiarism sucks? If I haven't, let me say it
again. "Plagiarism sucks."
Onto the manga and anime image galleries. Big surprise, I must hit
"reload".. "reload".. "reload.." There we go, all the pictures
finally show up now. These pages aren't TOO horrible, though there
are a lot of images piled up, since the site uses HTML Gears'
image viewer... Hmm... Oh wait, I recognize some of these pictures.
That's right, like all the information, most of the pictures are
from Krazy Kitty. This site is just full of surprises.
Now I go to the "Win award's" section. Yeah, like I'd want an award
from a site that entirely copies other sites. Even the plagiarism
bit aside, who'd want an award from a site that can't spell or use
proper grammar? Example: "Award#1: this award is for an ok site
not perfict no more than 4 broken link's hast to have 10 pic's on
the site must have 2 profill's on what ever anime you'r site's about
an ok lay out every thing kan be all over you no what i mean Must
sign the gest book **rateing: 8/10**" Yes, thank you for using
Links. Wow, Krazy Kitty is NOT linked. Is this a shocker or what?
At least there are no "awards" for this site. "fan stuff", "*Y i
like Suzu Nyanko*" and "humor" aren't up, so that just means less
stealing from Krazy Kitty. And provided this site isn't deleted
for plagiarism, it'd be nice if "thank's" goes up, so you can thank
Krazy Kitty for all the info and pics you stole from 'em. Those of
you who fear that Cat Box might actually be linked by visitors,
don't worry. The "Link Me" link doesn't work.
Ah, you have to love it when direct linkers get their due: broken
images due to the images, or in this case, the whole site that
was ripped off, being moved.
Too bad this only "breaks" the images, because it's not by far the
only thing Cat Box has stolen straight from Krazy Kitty. The anime
profile is copied and pasted directly; so is the manga profile.
As long as we're talking about stolen stuff, you will notice even
the falling Luna's are direct linked. Also, in the anime image
galleries (I tend to assume this is the case for the manga gallery
as well), the pics are admittedly taken from everywhere, but no
credit is given to anybody. The visitor is even invited to take
them. I'm not sure I find this better than those sites that steal
images and then insist the visitor not take them.
To top it all off, what little text is not stolen is littered with
spelling and grammar mistakes. This looks like a typical case of
coupled with a total lack of respect for other peoples' work.