Want to steal someone's idea that you really wish you'd
though of ?
Simple. Right now, create an idea called, for example,
"Prior art placeholder". Put some bland, uninteresting
filler text in the idea body (just cut and paste it from
one of [beany]'s ramblings).
When an idea is posted that
you wish you'd thought of,
perhaps years later, simply edit your "placeholder" idea
to closely resemble it, delete any inappropriate
annotations, then link across from the "new" idea
claiming "Prior Art !" in an offended tone and marking it
The date of your idea will automatically pre-date the
"new" version (since origination dates don't change even
if the idea is massively edited), thus the unfortunate
author will be pilloried for, at worst, failing to search,
and at best blatant plagiarism.
Of course, this idea is dishonest, petty, unworthy, and
totally contrary to the spirit and ethos of the HB.
We're amazed it hasn't been thought of before ..
Plus have a chimp orchestra.