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Yeah. Gold mine, right there. O_o

Curiosity about the sponsored links that come up in my Gmail is going to kill me, I swear.

This is just not to be believed:

http://www.fanfictionlibrary.org/

'Cause, y'know, we don't already have LOADS of those. That don't require "surveys" (no, I didn't click through to see what it looks like).

This part kills me (on the "100% Free Service" linked page):

JOIN OUR SITE TODAY FOR FREE! Our Members' Area contains links to Fan Fiction databases and resources that have have many of the same Fan Fiction works that you'll find on the other Fan Fiction sites, but instead of paying $19.99, $29.99, or $39.99+ to join our site, you can join our site 100% free and get unlimited access to our Members' Area containing the very best in Fan Fiction resources and databases. In our Members' Area we list links to sites where you can get Fan Fiction for free as well as fee-based Fan Fiction sources and sites. How can we afford to do this? Simple, we are sponsored by a major advertiser!

W? T? F??????

I mean, it's obviously boilerplate verbiage from some kind of shoddy turnkey program. (Is this what happens when people answer those "Work from Home!!!" ads?) Which I presume some poor sap has paid to sign up for. They certainly paid for the Google sponsored link!

Dude. If you don't know enough to know that there is more fic out there for the tripping over than anyone could ever possibly read, and that NOBODY IN THE HISTORY OF EVER has paid for the privilege of reading it online? You most certainly don't know a single blessed thing about "the very best Fan Fiction resources and databases."

Which means nobody is going to use your "service". Ever.

This shouldn't be anything but sad and pathetic and forgettable, but I'm going to be boggling about it all damn day...

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neadods
Oct. 5th, 2006 10:21 am (UTC)
...pay

... to read

...net fic.

It is to boggle. Not only don't people pay for it, but they'd be eaten by their own kind if they suggested that the readers pay for it for fear of bringing down the wrath of TPTB.


... not to mention that if someone put a monetary value on it in the first place, the vast majority of authors would be paying us for wasting our time and photons...
mrv3000
Oct. 5th, 2006 10:38 am (UTC)
*snickers*

I wonder if there would be a level of quality difference between the non-existent $19.99 and $39.99 fic sites. Perhaps the extra $20 would shield you from babyfic? Decent grammar I would think you'd be able to get at the $29.99 level...
therealjae
Oct. 5th, 2006 12:46 pm (UTC)
Wow. That's just...man.

-J
wiliqueen
Oct. 5th, 2006 01:03 pm (UTC)
Okay, now I'm just cracking up.

The same link was at the top of my Gmail page with the notification email for this comment.

And the ones at the side? Well, Google obviously doesn't take sides... *chuckle*

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therealjae
Oct. 5th, 2006 02:33 pm (UTC)
BWA HA HA! That's brilliant!!!

-J
alliesings
Oct. 5th, 2006 07:15 pm (UTC)
What's worse is what you actually get for your troubles:

http://www.fanfictionlibrary.org/thank_you7932a.php

(Found on fanficrants)
wiliqueen
Oct. 6th, 2006 09:22 am (UTC)
Figured it was something like that. It beggars the imagination that somebody, somewhere (certainly not the poor dupes who get roped into running one!) is making money from regurgitating search engine info!
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wiliqueen
Oct. 7th, 2006 12:19 pm (UTC)
Sad thing is that they listed FictionAlley, and I don't think anyone bothered to see what kind of fic it is.

I doubt a human has anything to do with what's listed at all. I'm sure it's some utility that just throws search engine results onto a page.

there's been a bit of turmoil in the Trek fandom, where people have been selling CDs with fan fic on them

*facepalm* Okay, not a terrible idea on the face of it, as long as -- like zines -- they're only covering costs. But I merely presume they're not bothering to get authors' permission? :: shakes head :: People can be...not so bright, y'know?
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