Well, I've always said "imitation is the sincerest form of flattery" when I get copied, even when they've literally pretended to BE me, and it looks like it happened again, .
Going back to 1996 I've gone by the pseudonym "ThE STaRDoGG CHaMPioN", or "STaRDoGG" for short. I used it all throughout my time as a software cracker from roughly 1997-2001 for a software cracking group named "The Phrozen Crew" (PC), and I still use it today for certain things (usually gaming). Without getting into any back patting, statistics, and long drawn-out stories, let's just say I became one of the most prolific members in the group, and since PC was by many accounts the most prolific software cracking group in history, I suppose in a sense that would make me one of the most prolific crackers in history, not the best cracker mind you, I'll never make any claims to being the best, we all had our own strengths and weaknesses, and there were absolutely some crackers who could smoke me in certain areas. Many actually. And likewise, those same crackers sometimes had a hard time with things that came naturally very simple to me.
I've had the honor of discovering my name in other cracker's cracking tutorials, because the author of those softwares blacklisted my name by hardcoding it right into their software. I've had software companies come to me for interviews. And so forth. All very flattering ...
But for some reason, and I don't even know myself, I guess there is some quality about me that has always attracted "imposters". Of all the other people in the scene out of hundreds, that have experienced the same thing I can probably count on one hand, that I'm aware of. I've had people of all nationalites literally taking my entire persona; nickname, including the exact casing of it, direct rips of a website I had made under that persona, and basically "glory stealing" my entire Phrozen Crew career.
I've had dozens of people come to me, and point these imposters out to me all over the internet, from entire websites (as me) to forum posts (as me), and I've seen them with my own eyes. I've been told by high school kids that they overheard my name being discussed in the halls at schools I've never even heard of, halfway across the country. It actually irritated these people who brought it to my attention more than it did me. I always told them "well, I guess Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery" and chuckled it off.
Through-out it all however, I always told myself, "cool, but big deal, it's not hard to be "internet famous" being a software cracker". You're the proverbial wizard behind the curtain who can basically do what appears to the average user to be, in a sense, a form of magic. And of course it doesn't hurt that you're giving them "free stuff". I felt the same way before I got started toward the handful of crackers at the time. It seemed like magic to me too, and I looked up to a couple of them. It's akin to how easy it is for Jesse James to be famous as a train robber. But how about in "the real world" doing legit, legal things? Where you work your arse off providing a legal service to people? Would Jesse James been as famous if he just worked on a farm stacking hay? Much more difficult.
Back in 2009 I started GeekDROP (actually started building it in late 2008, but opened it publicly in early 2009), and I just came across this site started in 2012 named GeekSLOP, , 2 letters different ... they even added the avatar one of my longtime girls on GD, OliveOyl, has been using for almost as many years.
Certainly, GeekDrop isn't the first of it's kind, and I make no claims to it being so; I was a member of a good "Geek" site before GD, and felt making one myself would be a good outlet for me to share some of the knowledge I've accumulated during those years in Phrozen Crew, and have continued to accumulated all the way up until today, as well as help people with their computers. And that "Geek" site wasn't the first "Geek" site either, there were numerous Geek sites that undoubtably inspired the owner of that site to create his own version, and so on down the line.
But ... TWO letters different?
That downright, makes me feel a sense of pride and accomplishment. Good luck in your future endeavors to the person who owns "GeekSlop".