Speaking of appropriation and plagiarism ...
Now look at this, which is the website from some organization I've never heard of.
Basically, ESR took all the HTML from the SERI site, as well as some images (but not the stylesheet), stuck in their own name and contact info, and put it on their site.
I sent them an email saying "dude, this is weird. Either take it down or pay me to make you a site that doesn't look like crap."
Right now my main emotion is not anger or hurt (I'm certainly not trying to compare myself to Brownfemipower!). My main emotion is confusion. I could understand stealing someone's page layout (and if that had been all it was, I would have just shrugged my shoulders -- my layout for SERI was hardly a page design breakthrough). It's that they also took almost all the text and images. They knew enough to change some things -- they replaced SERI's name with theirs everywhere, changed the contact info on the contact page, and completely removed the page with bios of all the Board of Directors. But they left the mission statement otherwise intact, and their list of projects is identical to SERI's (they even left in the names of the SERI personnel on each project -- I stumbled across ESR through their version of the description for the very project I was an RA for with SERI. And SERI's contact info at the top of each page is intact except that "Main Street" has been changed to "Home Street."
I'm trying to figure out what the motive is here. If they're a real organization, they did a pretty slipshod job of making themselves a website. But they don't seem to be some sort of "search engine optimization" site -- I don't see any visible ads or links to porn sites, nor does there appear to be anything hidden in the HTML.
I called the contact number they list, which was a trip. It goes to a very long message consisting of background noise, as if someone accidentally picked up the phone and let it sit -- apparently designed to make you think you weren't going to be able to get through. But if you listen long enough, it does beep and let you record a message.
If anyone has any clue what's going on here, I'm all ears.