Show & Tell Thursday - Credit Whore

Thursday 2nd March, 2006
The Urban Dictionary mailer sent me an interesting definition this week - Credit Whore

The definition:

Credit Whore (CW) is someone that does something nice just so they can bring it to everyone's attention and get credit for it.Credit Whore is someone who puts money in tip jar and then shouts, "I just put a dollar in the tip jar".


This is very similar to the term I already use a lot, ASW - Attention Seeking Whore.

I've noticed a lot of 'Credit Whores' in the blogosphere recently, particularly in the Notes world. It seems that almost every day somebody comes up with an excuse for a "hey look at me" post or comment somewhere. This is becoming more and more frustrating to me and I've actually found myself tuning out and taking a step away from a community that used to be so nice.

#1 on my list of Credit Whores has to be the blog comment ASW. These spend most of their time posting comments on popular blogs that say 'i have some comments on this subject here'. When you click the link you find negligible content and just a bit of text that could have been posted on the original blog. This is a weak attempt at hijacking readers from other blogs. Ed's blog seems to suffer from this the most.

#2 Credit Whore has to be somebody who offers to do something 'for the community' but really it's a thinly veiled attempt at drawing attention to themselves or their company. Offering to host a blog or website for somebody  free of charge is a generous offer, but to put a big advert on it isn't really big generosity on your part this is purely just sponsored hosting which is available in many places.

Those who host blogs/pages on jaffacake.net will know what I mean. Almost all of these sites have no mention whatsoever of their hosting provider. They've all thanked me in their own way but I don't need big public recognition, that's not why I did it. I purely did it to offer an area to somebody who needed some server space.

I guess I may as well cut the crap and get to the point....Show & Tell Thursday.

A great idea in principle, but a big victim of the credit whores. Why the hell isn't there a single Show & Tell website where members of the community can share their experiences. When I enquired I was informed that it was mutually agreed that everybody would post their Show & Tell idea on their own website.

How is this of benefit to anybody? If I read your site, I see your content anyway on a daily basis. If I don't read your site, I'll never see it.

What if I don't have a website? Am I obliged to email it to Bruce Elgort?

How do I find other Show & Tell posts I may have missed? I'm told somebody was trying to design an aggregator that will somehow use RSS to inject the content into a single site/feed. Again...what if I don't have a website. Isn't all this just a workaround to allow the credit whores to get what they want?

What if I subscribe to the show & tell RSS feed and to the credit whore's site? Won't all the entries appear in my RSS twice?

Over a week ago I designed a Show & Tell prototype website and showed it to a couple of the show & tell guys. It's not rocket science and only intended as a demo, just a mail enabled blog. If somebody has an idea they want to share, they can simply just email it in and it will appear on the site. If they're insistent on being a Credit Whore they can simply email a summary and a link to the full article on their own site.

This would offer a single show & tell site, open to all on which anybody could post. On top of that, people could subscribe to an RSS feed that would contain all the posted ideas. What could be easier and better for the community?

To top it off, one of the guys (I don't name names) said it was a good workaround to the problem and then proceeded to investigate hosting it for himself with a banner ad for his company...not quite the result I wanted to get across.

Come on guys, if this Show & Tell thing is really for the community then make it so. Create an easy central point where we can read the posts and don't lock all the content into your own sites and make us trawl Google blog search and Technorati looking for it. If you want to share an idea with the community then do that, don't just use it to draw attention to yourself.

If I'm wrong, then please tell me I'm wrong and how the situation is different to my perception but if you do have a comment, please post it here and don't just trackback to your own site ;-)

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