I sort of slid my reference to TechTV and Sarah’s Blog Report in to my hacker post last night. You see, Sarah had written in her report that you should just steal other blog owners CSS and code.
Uh, NO. Not unless you want someone to go carnival freak crazy on you. (Yes, I love that line and I’m abusing it today.)
Several people, including Kristine, Melissa and myself, contact Tech TV and complained about the article. How could Tech TV allow someone to say on their sites that it is ok to steal code? (She even titled the section “Steal, Steal, Steal” … no, don’t, don’t, don’t.)
Now parts of the article are changed. There is a message to “Chill out, it’s just research”. No, Sarah, if you were suggesting that I look at code and then create my own – that’s research. Taking it outright and using it is stealing. Then she added that “Stealing stuff pisses people off”. Gee, glad you noticed that.
I don’t agree with her statement that her tips are a great way to help you understand how MT works. CSS has nothing to do with MT and only helps you figure out how to lay things out on the page.
And it’s mighty generous of her to tell people to steal her blog’s code – since it’s a Blogplates design that she doesn’t give credit.