BeerZing? WTF?

Reads 1401 • Replies 21 • Started Thursday, May 2, 2013 11:19:28 AM CT

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larsga
beers 7602 º places 235 º 11:19 Thu 5/2/2013

A Google search led me to a page on Ratebeer, which I wasn't allowed to see, because I wasn't logged in. It took me a little while to figure out what was wrong: I was on beerzing.com, not ratebeer.com. If you go to beerzing.com, you'll see that everything looks exactly like Ratebeer, except it's a different site. (I didn't try logging in.)

I checked whois, and apparently the owners are not the same as for Ratebeer. They're hiding behind some kind of "WhoisGuard".

Is someone "leeching" Google Ads income from Ratebeer, or is this legit?

 
nimbleprop
beers 8591 º places 93 º 11:21 Thu 5/2/2013

You ever see Boiler Room? The head shed at Ratebeer has got a whole back up site set up so that once these trade threads get too ridiculous, we can just shut down and migrate and no one will be the wiser.

 
puzzl
beers 3260 º places 138 º 11:25 Thu 5/2/2013

Running a traceroute on the domains leads them both to the exact same server. And you can log in and do everything with the other domain, too, unsurprisingly considering it's the same server and is run by the same people.

What was the search you did on google to get the page?

 
puzzl
beers 3260 º places 138 º 11:26 Thu 5/2/2013
 
larsga
beers 7602 º places 235 º 11:30 Thu 5/2/2013

I didn't think of that, but you're right: they're the same server, at 66.135.37.204.

It seems unwise to split the site's Pagerank that way, but that's not really my problem.

I googled "Dahls Eksport". Hit number 8 or so is "Where to find Dahls Eksport", on Beerzing.

 
larsga
beers 7602 º places 235 º 11:31 Thu 5/2/2013

Probably just a misconfiguration of the virtual hosting, then.

you have caught a glimpse of a parallel universe.

 
puzzl
beers 3260 º places 138 º 11:41 Thu 5/2/2013

Ratebeer is going to be renamed BeerZing. I'm calling it.

 
GT
beers 10001 º places 672 º 11:46 Thu 5/2/2013

what is happening

 
larsga
beers 7602 º places 235 º 11:50 Thu 5/2/2013

Nothing's happening. False alarm. Sorry.

 
Jblauvs
beers 1358 º places 1 º 11:54 Thu 5/2/2013

So I was logging onto BeerZing.com, a really popular beer rating website that I frequent, when all of a sudden I was prompted to log in. After a moment, I realized that I was at Ratebeer.com?!? Do any of you know what's going on? Is this some sort of "Mirror, Darkly" situation?