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Update 02/13/2009: Somebody with influence is reading this blog too, as the article has now been removed. Excellent!

While checking the referrers of my web site today, I ran into this URL:


At first you may notice nothing strange. Sure, the content of that article is identical to that of mine located here: http://imar.spaanjaars.com/404/using-the-microsoft-access-providers-to-replace-the-built-in-sql-server-providers (except for the "please don't steal my copyrighted material cat protecting my stuff ;-) ). But that happens all the time.

No, what really struck me, is that our friend Dr. Shanyou Zhang here is a Microsoft MVP. An MVP!!! Being recently awarded with the MVP title, I sort of understand what it is you need to do to get that award. As far as I know, plagiarism isn't among the qualities listed....

Maybe there's a special Chinese version of the award? The Chinese Most Vicious Plagiarist?

Come on, Dr. Shanyou Zhang, if that's your real and not a copied name. Be honest to your MVP title, remove stolen content and respect other people's intellectual property! I looked for a way to contact you personally on your web site, but couldn't find one; so that's why I am writing this here in public. Hope you read it some day and feel ashamed. 


Of course it is very well possible that Shanyou Zhang is a sincere person and that some other Chinese dude ripped my content *and* stole Shanyou Zhang's identity and MVP logo. In that case: I apologize for this rant....


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On Saturday, January 24, 2009 5:29:09 AM John Tarbox said:
I think it is terrible when people are too lazy to do their own work and resort to ripping others off instead.

As someone who regulary reads your blog, I want to thank you for the time and effort you put into it, it is appreciated.

As for others who copy your material, well I would prefer to to read the original.
On Saturday, January 24, 2009 10:45:38 PM Jeff said:
Sorry to hear your content got stolen like that. Bogis! But, I do think it's pretty smooth how you got the "stolen image" to show up where your normal images appear. How to go about doing something like that would make an awesome article or article series.
On Saturday, January 24, 2009 11:27:24 PM Imar Spaanjaars said:
Hi John,

You're welcome. Glad to hear to you prefer the original over a pirated copy. Also, I think your Chinese may be as rusty as mine... ;-)


On Saturday, January 24, 2009 11:30:38 PM Imar Spaanjaars said:
Hi Jeff,

Good suggestion; added to my list of things to write about.

It's actually a two minute job though; set up a handler in web.config and write some code in that handler that returns an image when known HTTP referrers hit my content. Let me know if you want the source and I'll mail it to you....


On Monday, January 26, 2009 5:19:13 PM zg said:
That's shameful, I hope Microsoft revokes his MVP if he really does have one.
On Friday, February 6, 2009 4:34:17 PM Asa said:
Hi Imar,
    Has Microsoft done anything about this yet?
On Friday, February 6, 2009 8:02:23 PM Imar Spaanjaars said:
Hi Asa,

I haven't told them so I don't think they know....


On Friday, February 13, 2009 1:46:31 PM kurt schroeder said:
I will be presenting two versions of a stock market analysis report. The first was developed on the cheep using only UI layer and sqldatasource. As this was to be a quick one shot internal report, this was thought to be ok. Well, now I accept the truth: It really was not ok. Three years, countless revisions later, still an internal report, it is being rewritten. The second version is being developed based on the layered article series. Version two will be termed the “Spaanjaarised” version or other more creative term or you’re choosing. The two will be presented to our local dot.net user group as a classic example of, “There is never enough time to do it right, but always enough time to do it over”. I will be in contact to be sure proper credit is given.
Fortunately for me I have no worry of losing an MVP status i don't have, but I’ll still not claim the work as my own.
On Friday, February 13, 2009 7:34:44 PM Imar Spaanjaars said:
Hi Kurt,.

Thanks for that, and good luck with your presentation.

BTW: the article has been removed now. Apparently, people with influence read this blog as well.... ;-)


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