I received the following e-mail from this, um, gentleman:
You and your associates have been outed as potential post kidnappers. You are welcome to respond to me in e-mail or explain yourself.
My article, which appears on several well-read blogs, appears here:
I suggest an apology is in order. I also suggest you and your associates cease running my posts as your material.
Richard R. Becker, ABC
President, Copywrite, Ink.
The mind boggles…
Since he decided that a public post followed by a direct e-mail is the best course of action to take in this sort of situation, I thought it best to respond in kind.
I certainly agree that an apology is in order, I guess I will await his apology.
UPDATE: Screenshot of original blog post, thanks to the readers that sent this in.
So you are saying that you are not an “associate” of the blog that I cited, despite being listed as one?
If that is the case, then I will apologize and post accordingly because then your name and link were stolen as well. Hardly the action of a moron.
What does it mean to be an “associate” of a blog?
That site could have just as easily included Clint Eastwood’s name and a link to his site, or your name with a link to your site in that list. Would that mean you and Clint have anything to do with the site?
You can’t really control who links to you.
I think I’ll go include a link to Jessica Biel on my site, under a title of “My Girlfriend”. I just hope it’s that easy.
The “actions-of-morons” in the url refers to your “shoot first, ask questions later” method of dealing with this issue. I probably should have titled it “moronic-actions” instead, the personal attack (you are a moron vs. you did something moronic) might or might not have been called for, but wasn’t really intended. 😉
â€œAssociate” generally denotes partner, affiliate, supporter, or stakeholder. It is generally different from being added to, let’s say, a blog roll.
Mr. King could have certainly let me know in an e-mail that he was not an associate of the site, in which case, I would have corrected the post and apologized. Had he read more carefully, he would have seen I did not accuse him of anything publicly.
You guys might really rethink those default settings. It’s something Word Press people would know, but not people who would have never worked on Word Press.
At any rate, I could have corrected my post earlier instead of matching what you call a moronic action for another moronic action, (you shooting back without asking questions, ha) … but what the heck… what is done is done. Good lessons for everyone else.
Thank you for clearing up your moron comment. My apologies for pointing out you were “defaulted” an associate to a spam blog. Thanks to your readers and friends who were kind enough to set it straight. I appreciated that, and made, hopefully reasonable corrections.
From your comment on your site:
Alex may not have, but I will: you’re a moron.
It was a joke to little it up, but obviously it didn’t work.
lol. hilarious. I’m always amazed at how clueless 95% of internet surfers are.