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Phishing Expeditions

Halfbakery street cred for sale
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You've been nurturing this idea for the better part of a decade, perhaps it is a mouse teleportation device that safely deposits your little furry friend outside the house, or perhaps it is a revolutionary perpetual motion device powered by magnets.

You do a few searches, and you find what appears to be a wonderful site full of interesting inventions, you quickly roll up your sleeves and post an idea or a dozen, only to find scorn and ridicule! They attack your grammar and spelling, cite all kinds of irrelevant scientific "facts", and worst of all, claim that some of your best work has already been done by others! And wtf with the custard fixation?

A little more research will show you that status counts. Veterans inventions are given a little slack, and people judge you based on the totality of your ideas -- which right now are looking like a fish cemetery.

Insufferable. Enter Phishing Expeditions.

We will create a complete site full of "your ideas" that will look and feel like the halfbakery, and have you as the author of many existing popular ideas, and throw in a few of your new ones into the mix. You can then pepper such links into your HB ideas and slowly but surely assume the persona of an elder statesman -- and watch the croissants pour in.

What happened to the evil: category?

theircompetitor, Oct 23 2011

Shameless self promotion The_20Ghost_20of_20Bakers_20Past
Thanks for playing, [neelandan] [MikeD, Oct 24 2011]

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       This idea sucks. You don't belong here, noob. [+] for compassion and fair-mindedness.
Alterother, Oct 23 2011
  

       Why create a new "fake" site? Better if one is paying for work, that the Phishers simply infiltrate here, creating sockpuppet accounts and bribing respected contributors.
pocmloc, Oct 23 2011
  

       True. We all earned what cred we have, be it little or much. I just like the sympathy for newcomers.
Alterother, Oct 23 2011
  

       [AO] YOU are calling [theircompetitor] a noob??
xandram, Oct 23 2011
  

       //bribing respected contributors// You mean you haven't got your check yet?
mouseposture, Oct 23 2011
  

       Are you calling me respected?
pocmloc, Oct 23 2011
  

       I was being very, very facetious in my first anno. To paraphrase the Emergency Broadcast System, this was a joke; this was only a joke.
Alterother, Oct 23 2011
  

       //I just like the sympathy for newcomers//   

       Boo! Boo! Take your annotation and get the f*** out of here!
MikeD, Oct 24 2011
  

       That might have been a bit harsh.
MikeD, Oct 24 2011
  

       No, no, I thought it was hilarious. Don't second-guess yourself, man.
Alterother, Oct 24 2011
  

       I think you are being a bit harsh on this idea, UB.
neelandan, Oct 24 2011
  

       UB?
Alterother, Oct 24 2011
  

       //UB?//   

       neelandan is trying to mask the real date that Unabubba deleted his account, which corrupted lots of conversations in other people's ideas.   

       Quite why, don't ask me.
Loris, Oct 24 2011
  

       //bribing respected contributors//

I'm waiting...

.....*....*...
hippo, Oct 24 2011
  

       And now it becomes clear where UB got his money...
RayfordSteele, Oct 24 2011
  

       I thought that was the reference, I just didn't get the joke. Thanks for clarifying it as much as you could.
Alterother, Oct 24 2011
  

       //Quite why, don't ask me//   

       <link>
MikeD, Oct 24 2011
  
      
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