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January 30, 2008

Mystery of the Cloned Blog

Clearly a bot did it. But whose bot? Who is hosting this mysterious (and unauthorized) Japanese clone of Fractals of Change? Why? You can help solve this mystery.


Because someone followed a link from this site to the real FOC, I accidentally found this at http://hot-news.coresv.com/doctor-blog.tomevslin.com. A Google popup displays the original English when I mouse over it so I’m guessing that a Google capability was used to automatically translate it. Some of the links and some of the ads work. Some links (comments, for example) don’t work. The ads I’ve authorized are here. There are also unauthorized ads apparently added by whomever owns this site.

I’ve done a little investigating but haven’t found much other than that there are other cloned blogs on the same domain and that CoreSv is the name for a technology used to manage streams of web content. I haven’t been able to find anything about the owners. A WhoIs search just reveals that the domain name was registered in 2006 and gives information about the registrar but not the owner.

Presumably the bot will faithfully clone this post. My hope is that someone who is reading it on the cloned site will tell me more about that site by writing to tevslin at gmail dot com or by going to http://blog.tomevslin.com and leaving a comment on this post (not the cloned post). Of course would be glad to hear from anyone who knows more about this than I do.

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