TechQues is reposting SE content but plastered with their own adverts. For example, this:

 * http://www.techques.com/question/32-69210/What-is-the-best-term-to-categorize-a-lolcat-image-and-text

... is reposting content from this:

 * What is the best term to categorize a lolcat image and text?

... without proper attribution. They include this footer:

The content is from serverfault.com, superuser.com and stackoverflow.com,  and is licensed under cc-wiki. Any advice please contact us.

Let's check off the SE requirements (found by clicking the link at the bottom of every page: "site design / logo © 2013 stack exchange inc; user contributions licensed under cc-wiki with attribution required"):

So let me clarify what we mean by attribution. If you republish this content, we require that you:

1. Visually indicate that the content is from Stack Overflow, Meta Stack Overflow, Server Fault, or Super User in some way. It doesn’t have to be obnoxious; a discreet text blurb is fine.

This is sort-of-but-not-really done. They say the content is from and link to Server Fault, Super User and Stack Overflow, but use English.SE content without saying so.

2. Hyperlink directly to the original question on the source site (e.g., https://stackoverflow.com/questions/12345)

No links whatsoever to any english.stackexchange.com pages. There's a "View original post at" link to http://questions/69210. It works for SO questions, but they've taken content from English.SE and it's broken their site.

3. Show the author names for every question and answer


4. Hyperlink each author name directly back to their user profile page on the source site (e.g., https://stackoverflow.com/users/12345/username)

Not done, similar to number 2. There are author links which work on SO content, but not with English.SE content. For example they point to http://users/14157.

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    There is a post at meta.SO for reporting such sites, it already containst techques. (Maybe you can include this as an additional example, so far there are examples from tex.SE and judaism.SE.)
    – Martin
    Commented Sep 11, 2013 at 11:25
  • Thanks, I'll add a comment linking here.
    – Hugo
    Commented Sep 11, 2013 at 11:39

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Network policy has been updated as of Oct. 9 2013

tl;dr: Send all reports of SCRAPERs to us via the contact form linked at the bottom of every page. Please include:

  • the URL of the copied post
  • the URL of the original post on SE
  • for high-rankers, the search string you used (and the name of the search engine, if not Google)
  • any other details you noticed and want to share, because you're awesome

Attribution for this answer: originally posted by Kevin on Meta ELU as an answer to "www.rqna.net scraping EL&U and SE content"

That said, I'm currently the SE staff member responsible for tracking SCRAPERs down, and I'm already aware of/working on TechQues. Thanks!

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