The YTMND parasite (thefticus ripoffisis) is said to be the very worst of all YTMND epidemics. The parasite feeds on pre-existing YTMNDs and resubmits them without any alteration (save for removing text, or using different sound) as sites of their own making. Parasites believe that stealing from other YTMND users is an acceptable action. Parasites rarely offer sound or image origins since they usually steal it from other YTMNDs; revealing the origin would result in their exposure.
There is no known vaccine against parasites. All YTMND users are fair game to this plague. The only defense is to label the site a "parasite" (or simply, "a rip-off") if it is known to be stolen from another submission.
Occasionally, users with parasites claim to have obtained the image and/or sound from MySpace or a forum, while claiming it as being an original creation. One must realize that most high quality GIFs are originally from YTMND, and should subsequently be researched before submitting.
What you can do
- Be sure to let infected parasite users know they are carrying the virus by telling them their site is a "parasite".
- Unfortunately, most parasites leave their "creations" up long after it is proven that the site's content has been stolen. Luckily, moderators are more than willing to delete sites with stolen content.
- Original sites that are victims of the parasite are immune to the label of "parasite"; only the stolen site should be branded as such. Unless the "parasite" is eBaum's World, there is no need to notify the original creator.
YTMND's new asset feature allows users to click the cited origin of a site to see what other users have used the same picture or sound. This is an excellent way to determine if a site has been stolen, or if an image has already been used. It is important to cite your images, or it will create confusion if and when another user finds your image on the Internet and posts it on YTMND.
An asset listing consists of the following: the YTMND site ("http://ytmnd.com/"), the word "assets", a slash, and the MD5 sum of the uploaded image or sound. For example, this link gives a listing of all sites to use the "What Is Love!?" GIF of Katamari Damacy: not one user has cited the image as their own. The only way to check then is by checking the dates posted, though that method is still not a foolproof indication the image originated on YTMND.
Parasite Awareness Network
|01||"CROOKED-WOOD"||Parasite||Stolen sound and images||account deleted due to constant theft|
|02||"zomglolwtfzor"||Parasites/ NARVism||Stolen sound and images||continues to be a zomglolwtfzor|
|03||"cheeseds"||Parasite||Stolen sound and images||unknown|
|04||"forshizzle"||Parasite||Stolen sound and images||forshizzle?|
|05||"biohazard9"||Parasites||Stolen sound and images||yet makes fun of Ebaum for stealing|
|06||"ryanschmidtty"||Parasites||Stolen sound and images|
|07||"BWS12344"||Parasites||Stolen sound and images||Deleted his sites due to this article|
|08||"lalunamel"||Parasites||Stolen sound and images||Deleted infected site|
|09||"joshrps135"||Parasites||Stolen sound and images||Deleted his sites due to this article|
|10||"SlyReaper"||Parasites||Stolen sound and images|
|11||"Dustino66"||Parasites||Stolen sound and images|
|12||"bigboylive2008"||Parasites||Stolen sound and images|
|13||"Crunkmasta"||Parasties||Stolen sound and images|
|14||"beezie"||Parasites||Stolen sound and images|
|15||"genstar"||Parasites||Stolen images including FutureConan and NSMB|
|16||"Nigga-stole-your-site"||Parasites||Awful gimmick user who steals various "NSMB" sites|
|17||"AbortionsTickle"||Parasites, NARVism||images from Somethingawful, credits stolen gifs as "O RLY"|
|18||"ollj"||Parasite, NARV||quote ollj: "no citing for re-used stuff needed since you can just klick it."||images stolen from other YTMNDs, no credit given, will downvote all sites of someone (even if previously voted higher) simply because he has a different opinion on a random issue|
|19||"Grandstroker"||Parasite||posting edited gifs and cites 'google'|
|19||"idolwick31"||Parasite||stolen images and sound||stole 7 gifs from b3ta, did not cite|
List of parasites by site
- lolocauster (deleted, thanks to this article)
- - Not entirely accurate, but worth viewing.