Originally Posted by Supe
How does he have the power to change titles? Isnt that a mod-only power?
It's not changing the title once it's posted. You're right,that's something only mods or admin can do.
The expectation is that if you pull a story from MMAmania that is titled "Georges St. Pierre pulling for Nick Diaz to beat Carlos Condit" that you don't change the title to "GSP is ducking Condit." If you do, two things happen: someone else who reads the piece on the original site might want to repop it on the 'news, so they scan the titles in the general forum, don't see it, and repop it with the original title. Sure, it's lazy, but it happens quite a lot. Then mods have to go back and merge the threads.
More importantly, it leaves the parent site open to litigation from the site that originally produced the work. And while most sites aren't pathetic enough to actually get their artistic panties cyber-bunched, Sakara actually picked the one site on the interweb who has whined at us through lawyers in the past.
When you consider that I'd warned him at least once about not changing titles [and broke it down with simple explanations as to why not] and he still did it with a particularly inflammatory misquote--one that had potential to open us to litigation from the host site and
Anthony Johnson, I could have been more harsh instead of just giving him 2 points for a minor infraction.
The inflammatory misquote is an issue in that it can alter the perception from the initial author's intent. There is some leeway in posting several articles together and giving them a generic label, or simply saying "new Georges Interview" or something like that. It's a gray area, but it's safer than crediting a fighter or an author with something they never said.
I understand that his intention is always to generate traffic and controversy equates to interest and interest = hits. That's a nice intention. But it doesn't excuse the fact that he did exactly what he was explicitly told not to
, and simultaneously involved the most-likely-to-punkass site on the web when he did it.