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Cracked's Ridiculous Self-Congratulation Article

Postby Bonk! » Sun Mar 15, 2015 8:48 pm

So here's the article I'm talking about: http://www.cracked.com/article_22332_10 ... k-315.html

It goes into detail about the week's most shared Cracked stories. By itself, could be interesting, but the whole thing seems REALLY smug and self-satisfied. Also, there's one major, MAJOR problem. Look under the pictures. Is that a comment I see? From the comment section?

So apparently Cracked loves to denigrate the comments as worthless and horrible, except when it's convenient for them. There's also ads; is it even legal to post someone else's work uncredited and make ad revenue off it?

What do you think about this weird little article?
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Re: Cracked's Ridiculous Self-Congratulation Article

Postby OrangeEyebrows » Sun Mar 15, 2015 9:00 pm

Bonk! wrote:There's also ads; is it even legal to post someone else's work uncredited and make ad revenue off it?

What do you think about this weird little article?


I'm almost certain that if it's posted publicly in the comment section (their comment section, not us), it's fair game for them to quote. Which isn't to say it isn't tacky, given their vociferously negative view of commenters, but then not everyone has integrity.
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Re: Cracked's Ridiculous Self-Congratulation Article

Postby SandTea » Sun Mar 15, 2015 9:25 pm

They link to the article where the author would be listed. They own the work now so I don't really see any huge ethics breach. Mostly all stuff they know regular readers have seen i imagine too so it might even get a few more eyes for the authors.
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Re: Cracked's Ridiculous Self-Congratulation Article

Postby krankittoeleven » Sun Mar 15, 2015 9:49 pm

So, I was gonna check out the article, but I don't want to give them 10 clicks.
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Re: Cracked's Ridiculous Self-Congratulation Article

Postby Deathclaw_Puncher » Sun Mar 15, 2015 10:04 pm

This isn't just mocking the commenters, this is mocking their entire goddamn reader base. Not just with this "extra" whatever-this-is, but the fact that ......this was published on the same day as a quick fix that decries clickbait and a clickbait article written by a woman who just doesn't give a shit about being factually accurate and yells at you for trying to correct her.
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Re: Cracked's Ridiculous Self-Congratulation Article

Postby OrangeEyebrows » Sun Mar 15, 2015 10:18 pm

Isn't it just their usual roundup post with a different title? Or am I missing something?
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Re: Cracked's Ridiculous Self-Congratulation Article

Postby NathanLoiselle » Mon Mar 16, 2015 12:58 am

I genuinely don't see how this is insulting to the readership. Other than re-posting the lamest of comments.
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Re: Cracked's Ridiculous Self-Congratulation Article

Postby archaeologydalek » Mon Mar 16, 2015 1:14 am

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Re: Cracked's Ridiculous Self-Congratulation Article

Postby Marcuse » Mon Mar 16, 2015 1:25 am

As much as I'm critical of Cracked most of the time, I don't see how this is different from the roundup posts. I also can't see anything coming from a comment section either, maybe I'm just missing it because I'm only skimming, but even if it is there, it's posted publicly. The commenter doesn't own it as an original work in the same way, it's effectively given away when it's posted.

I guess I just don't see the problem and I'm wary of criticising Cracked for something they've always done.
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Re: Cracked's Ridiculous Self-Congratulation Article

Postby Deathclaw_Puncher » Mon Mar 16, 2015 2:18 am

Ah,well, if they've always done it, that's one thing, it just feels a bit off being released on the same day as the articles I mentioned.
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Re: Cracked's Ridiculous Self-Congratulation Article

Postby LegionofShrooms » Mon Mar 16, 2015 3:19 am

Oh it's by all means a bit tacky and whatnot Eric. Basically just rounding up a bunch of articles they've already posted in an attempt to garner a few more views. But I see no real ethical breach. It's not as though they advertised it as something it's not, or went out of their way to pour fuel on the fire in order to provoke fights on controversial topics for the sake of views, or tried to shove their own personal or biased viewpoint in the reader's face as objective fact.

It's not terribly interesting IMO, but I don't see anything wrong with it per way (beyond coming off a touch desperate).
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Re: Cracked's Ridiculous Self-Congratulation Article

Postby RaddRadda » Mon Mar 16, 2015 6:49 am

I didn't know Cracked was into public masturbation. We should get together, share tips.

(As for what I thought of the article itself... eh, the comments they included were probably the best part for me. I'm not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing, though.)
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Re: Cracked's Ridiculous Self-Congratulation Article

Postby JamishT » Mon Mar 16, 2015 7:32 am

RaddRadda wrote:I didn't know Cracked was into public masturbation. We should get together, share tips.


Heh, sharing tips. Heh.
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Re: Cracked's Ridiculous Self-Congratulation Article

Postby Andropov4 » Mon Mar 16, 2015 7:40 am

Quasi-relevant.


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Re: Cracked's Ridiculous Self-Congratulation Article

Postby OrangeEyebrows » Mon Mar 16, 2015 7:45 am

Won't show in my country.
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