I think it was Dickens that said, "a smattering of everything, and a knowledge of nothing." That would describe Packer Chatters perfectly.
No offense Charles, but sucks works just as well, not to mention the great search results it will yield in a couple of weeks (see Aaron Nagler).
Anyway, if you aren't familiar with this blog (most of the world) you already know I despise the folks over at Packer Chatters. I've written about it, Cheesehead TV has written about it, and this afternoon the topic was once again revisited at Railbird Central.
For those not up on the blog bashing scene, Packer Chatters is essentially an RSS feed of Packer information. It isn't a very good one either and one could equate it to a pitiable attempt at a poor man's Packer World.
Essentially, they try and find Packer bloggers to share their material and then post it on their site trying carefully to disguise it as their own. When, in reality, it is nothing more than simultaneously regurgitated material from original Packer writers.
They in turn keep all the advertising money and then label themselves as the most popular Packer site on the internet. The problem is it really isn't a Packer fan site; it's just a collection of Packer blogs from around the internet.
I totally understand why people submit their material to Packer Chatters. It is the same reason I submit my site to google. That reason being the hope of increasing readership for something I take great pride in doing on a daily basis. There are some great names posted at Packer Chatters. In fact, our own Jersey Al has had an independent article or two featured in the past. The problem is when you read a story on google it gives credit to all parties involved in the story. Packer Chatters, quite simply, refuses to do so.
A great point in case once again poked its head out of trash heap at Packer Chatters today. This week we were delighted to be joined by Tundra Vision's C.D. Angeli on "Around The Lounge." C.D. is a brilliant Packer analyst, and has oft given Packer Chatters his permission to use material. We had a great time on the show, and I was pleased to see that C.D. did too when he wrote this. Pretty kind words from a pretty good guy huh?
I got an email this afternoon pointing out a very interesting article on Packer Chatters. It was similar to the piece by Angeli, but something was missing. What could it be? Take a look for yourself.
I also took a screenshot just in case they edit it by morning, something PC is notorious for doing in a shady manner when presented with conflict.
Granted, I don't go to Packer Chatters (no decent Packer fan should) because when I need an RSS feed I'll check Twitter and other more reliable services before using the archaic outpost that they call the most popular Packer site in the world. I mean seriously, the place is one big giant Facebook feed of the Packer's blogosphere. In fact, I don't really know if they publish any original material outside of their podcast.
They do have a comedy writer named Patty who has a funny article from time to time, the latest suggesting we replace Atari Bigby with Jarrett Bush, but that hardly counts as Packer's news especially from an anonymous source.
The bottom line is simple Packer Chatters. You once again took an article inspired by a concept I developed, and tried to write it off as your own. Not to mention, screwing Angeli out of a key and relevant component of his piece.
I will add this to a long string of disservices thrown to unknowing Packer fans compliments of the great spue machine known as Packer Chatters.
Packer Chatters... bending over Packer's fans and ramming them since 1999.
Hey, that has slogan potential.