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gymternet plagerism? – Gymnastike responds

Check the comments for additional information on whether or not this kind of cut and pasting is illegal. Seems it is.

Gymnastike got back to me with this response:

That article from British Gymnastics is a press release. Below is a screenshot of the email that came to me from British Gymnastics and you will see it’s clearly branded as a press release. We get press releases from media sources every day. They want to get their message out, and encourage us to post it. It is in no way illegal. …

BG press release

Apologies to Gymnastike.

Perhaps this is common practice. I still don’t like it. Some are calling it lazy journalism.

Gymnastike does not often link to other sites. They should not be surprised if that policy is reciprocated.

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This site is an aggregator. We link to good content wherever we find it — and try to send interested readers to other websites.

While not perfect, I don’t think there’s any other gymnastics site that tries harder to credit and promote the source of original content. With a lot of traffic, a link from Gymnastics Coaching gives increased PageRank to the sites we link.

On September 15th British Gymnastics put up a great post – 2014 World Championship team announced.

Soon after Gymnastike cut and pasted the entire textBritish Gymnastics Officially Announces Worlds Team.

They changed a few words. With this credit – Release via British Gymnastics. (with no link because they don’t actually want their readers to leave Gymnastike)

Worse, they went through the British Gymnastics replacing the BG links with links to Gymnastike pages. Some BG links were left, so someone at Gymnastike went to the trouble of removing those links.

I checked, not a single link to British Gymnastics remained in the end. It might have been faster to simply write their own story.

This may not be illegal, but it’s certainly unethical. I’ll continue my boycott of Gymnastike and recommend you do the same.

I feel badly for Anne and the other ethical people at Flocasts Gymnastike. But everyone I’ve spoken with feels you should work from within to address the many complaints.

boycott Gymnastike?

Early September 2014 Flocasts, parent company of Gymnastike, put up a very controversial post. They admitted the mistake, but a proper apology was slow in coming.

Gymnastike.org has been, over recent years, charged with plagiarism. Here’s one example.

I find the practice of editing a press release and changing ALL the links lazy at best, unethical at worse.

I don’t trust Flocasts. And will only rarely link to Gymnastike in future until I believe the corporate culture changes for the better.

Flocasts CEO apology

Read the statement from Martin Floreani on Gymnastike. Sept 9th, 2014.

A personal apology to McKayla, her family and fans.

It’s far more credible than that of Joe Battaglia on Sept 3rd.

Gymnastike on wikipedia

The entry, including 2014 McKayla Maroney controversy, has recently been updated.

Feel free to improve the page, if you wish. There could be more detail on content, contributors, etc.

Linked from that page is the Alexa rank of Gymnastike:

330,219 most popular site in the world
93,446 most popular site in the USA

For the first time I checked this site on Alexa, to compare:

715,841 most popular site in the world
185,885 most popular site in the USA

via @theworldgymnast

Joe Battaglia apologizes

Joe Battaglia finally apologized. And Flocasts did finally remove the controversial post, 4-days later.

Better late than never. Thanks Joe. I trust it’s sincere.

If you are wondering what some guy you’ve never heard of is apologizing for, it’s laid out here.

I’ll continue the boycott, for now, waiting on response from USAG.

Best Joe let the Gymnastics experts handle Gymnastike.

McKayla Skinner wins Floor

Will be applying for her Chinese visa soon. :-)

#PanAmGym FX
1. Skinner (USA) 14.750
2. Lopez (VEN) 14.475
3. Ferrera (CUB) 14.400

Click PLAY or watch it on Gymnastike.

This might be her best Moors, yet.

Watch more videos on Gymnastike

As you can see, this site is not boycotting Gymnastike.

I don’t blame Becca from Gymnastike for the stupid post approved by Joe Battaglia from Flocasts.

I’ll be very surprised if Becca’s not mortified over that decision.

Gymnastike’s doing a great job at Pan Ams. THANKS. :-)

… On the other hand, Tsuk the Pain lays out the argument for boycotting Gymnastike altogether.

Gymnastike responds. Finally.

And the response was the wrong one. :-(

If you missed the twitter gymternet blowing up last night, MANY are very upset with Gymnastike for this post, reprinted by Bekah so as not to give Gymnastike any additional page views:

McKayla Maroney Victim of Nude Photo Leak

Bekah is as angry as anyone. Here’s her take on the issue, so far.

Joe Battaglia is an ass, that’s clear.

The leadership at Gymnastike should show him the door.

Don’t blame everyone at Gymnastike for the one A-hole. That would be unethical.

Update. @Region5Insider clarifies that nobody at Gymnastike can override Joe Battaglia. He’s a non-gymnastics overlord from Flocasts responsible for Wrestling, Track and Gymnastics.

Track & Field blogger Chris Chavez @Chris_J_Chavez seems to have actually authored that post. It was then published by Battaglia.

Perhaps Gymnastike should quit Flocasts.

Otherwise, we need people to step up and launch a Gymnastike competitor. Something like sports2visuals.com THWTS.

I’d be happy to contribute.

This site condemns Joe Battaglia’s decision but will not boycott Gymnastike posts by those we respect. For now.

the Gymternet answers

I don’t spend much time on message boards or Tumblr. I see too many simple questions (try Google.com first) and too many repeated questions.

Instead of answering questions one at a time on her Tumblr, Lauren Hopkins plans to collect the most popular questions and answer them on The Gymternet.

Good idea. :-)

Has there been anymore information coming out from Canada about what the heck is going on with Victoria Moors? …

Who do you think USA is going to send to Worlds this year?

How do you think Russia will do compared to the U.S. at Worlds based on how the Russian Cup is going?

At what point do you think kids trying to make the national team should just go back to level 10? A certain age? Progression of skills?

To read the answers to those and more, click over to Gymternet – YOU ASKED, THE GYMTERNET ANSWERED!

Gymternet

The latest Gymnastics Canada post does not even mention Victoria Moors, by the way. Not a good sign. Without Tori, Canada’s team at World’s will not be a lock for Team Finals.

GymCastic – Women’s Prelims

If (like me) you are missing USA Championships 2014, the best catch-up is audio.

A full recap of day one of the women’s competition. We discuss:

Swaggie Maggie Nichols rise in the ranks

The ranging case of nerves that swept the juniors

Trends in routine construction for the top teams

How awesome Evan Heiter and Sam Peszek were at commentating LIVE

Favorites for World and Pan American Games

Adeline Kenlin and the coolest vault of the competition and Lexy Ramler getting the biggest cheers for her bar routine

112: Junior & Senior Women’s Prelims from the 2014 US Championships in Pittsburgh

Click PLAY or watch day 1 Jr leader Jazmyn Foberg’s FX on YouTube.

14.400 (5.8, 8.600)

Cordelia Price is a special guest. Ebee’s aunt, @CordeliaGymFan, is one of the sharpest eyes on the gymternet.

10 Signs You Are an Ex-Gymnast

4. When someone talks about going to the “gym” you still think of a gymnastics gym.

go to THE GYM

see the rest on Gymnastike – 10 Signs You Are an Ex- Gymnast

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The listicle has arrived on the gymternet big time. Especially on The Gymternet.

I’ll capitalize the new website. Use the lowercase gymternet to refer to the old gymnastics internet.

Lauren Hopkins – The Gymternet

Lauren Hopkins is a long time Gymnastics pundit frequently posting on Couch Gymnast.

Her new site looks cool. Has a terrific name, And a great URL …

thegymter.net

Check a sample post:

12 NEW U.S. ELITES TO KEEP YOUR EYE ON:

With the Secret U.S. Classic now officially less than two weeks away, we at The Gymternet want to introduce you to a few of the young U.S. elites before they make their big debuts in Hoffman Estates, Ill., on August 2.

1. Delanie Harkness
2. Aria Brusch
3. McKenna Appleton
4. Alyona Shchennikova
5. Margzetta Frazier
6. Marissa Oakley
7. Shilese Jones
8. Bailey Ferrer
9. Adeline Kenlin
10. Morgan Hurd
11. Maggie Musselman
12. Rachel Baumann


12 NEW U.S. ELITES TO KEEP YOUR EYE ON

Click through for bios, photos and video.

The Gymternet

… Lauren aims to bring the very best coverage, interviews, contests, quizzes, features, and blogs from the people who really “get” gym – other gym fans. Combined with The Gymternet Message Board, Lauren brings an all-encompassing gym nerd haven for the fans who live and breathe the sport.

A New England native, Lauren is a recent graduate of Columbia University who currently lives in New York City. She is in the process of writing her first young adult book about elite gymnastics in an Olympic year. …

about The Gymternet

Like Couch Gymnast, this site will feature a number of different writers.

love Olivia Vivian

Listen to the audio interview. :-)

Australian Olympian, Olivia Vivian, perhaps the biggest ham in all of elite gymnastics, is with us this week!

She helped Australia to a sixth place finish, its best Olympic finish in history in Beijing. Despite a back fracture, a mangled hand and being normal height of 5? 6?, she’s made a successful comeback to elite at the age of 24, almost 10 years since she first completed at the 2005 world championships. We can’t wait to watch the Oregon Beaver compete at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow later this month. …

GymCastics episode 101: Olivia Vivian

Olivia Vivian

inspired by Brinn Bevan

Click PLAY or watch a new edit on YouTube.

If you don’t know Brinn’s amazing story, watch The Hard Way To Success – Episode 8Brinn Bevan (GBR).

He looks a lot younger. :-)

thehardwaytosuccess.com