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Published Monday, July 25, 2011 12:00 PM by andyleonard

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Matt Velic said:

Not at all. I hate when content is cordoned away behind a sign up wall, and SSWUG is definitely the worst offender for that practice. And I didn't know that SSWUG also scrapes content for their site either. Well, just more reason for me to continue to not use their site...

July 25, 2011 11:43 AM

a.m. said:

While I agree that this site is run in a very shady way (for numerous reasons), I have to say that I don't see anything wrong with charging for a link. They are providing a service: going out and finding content for readers to look at. If people want to pay them to do that, I don't see a problem. They are NOT charging for your content in this case. However, they do make it look as though that's what they're doing.

July 25, 2011 11:44 AM

Ralph Wilson said:

I have to agree with Andy.  If Andy had contracted with them (even if it were for $0.00) to present the link to his web site, then I would have to agree that they would have the right to charge for the link.  However, ESPECIALLY since Andy has requested that they NOT publish the link to his web site, I believe that they are misappropriating the content of his site.

July 25, 2011 11:56 AM

Steve Jones said:

All you can do is ask to remove your content from the list. He has removed mine in the past, but I agree with Adam. He has the right as he is providing a service (niche searching) to the readers.

It is disingenuous in that it seems that you can't access this content from the SSWUG site without paying.

July 25, 2011 11:58 AM

Robert Matthew Cook said:

not sure if there is any illegal about the site but it seems rather immoral to use the tagline of "READ THOUSANDS OF ARTICLES ON DEVELOPMENT AND DATABASE PLATFORMS, EXCLUSIVELY AT" when so much of the value to the site is actually links to outside content.  it feels like you have been dupped with a bait-and-switch.

as a sidenot when sharing a link to their site i only do so when it works out that changing the "memberarticle" part of the url into "viewarticle" takes you to an article without a signup prompt

July 25, 2011 12:33 PM

Tim Mitchell said:

Further proof that something can be permissable without being right.  This is just such a case.

July 25, 2011 12:35 PM

Peter Schott said:

Thanks for reminding me that I need to unsubscribe from that mailing list. It's been sitting out there for a while and I keep forgetting to just unsubscribe. I've always been annoyed with the fact that you can't tell original content from other people's work without clicking through their links and getting bugged about signing up and paying.

July 25, 2011 12:48 PM

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