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Sunday, August 16, 2015

10.4 million hits and the consequence thereof...

I have now broken out of this site's simple tabs/chords-format and founded my own site only for my high-quality stuff:

Here you won't have to shuffle through all the bad tabs. I simply guarantee you spot on transcriptions!

As I have mentioned in my last blot, from all this transcribing work I have earned absolutely zero. Thus my own site is also an attempt to hopefully get a bit of financial support in return.

Best regards,
7:03 pm - 0 comments - 2 Kudos
Thursday, September 19, 2013

8.4 million hits!

Current mood: accomplished

So, today I had the idea of counting the total number of hits/views of my tabs. I wanted to just try and make some quantitative summary of my work on so far, on this somewhat ridiculously named profile. I know this is very self-indulging, but I was stunned by these figures, as this transcribing-business is something I only do for myself. However, statistically, I seem to do it for someone else every 33 seconds!

  • tabs submitted: 677 ...and I have at least as many half-finished or rejected ones.
  • hits in total: 8.436.565 (as per 1:45 PM)
  • average hits per tab: 12.462
  • time active: 9 years, 4 months, 11 days (9.May.04-19.Sep.13)
  • hours spent in total: I don't know, and I don't wanna know! 
  • days active: 3.258
  • average days per tab: 4,8
  • average hits per day: 2.589,49
  • average hits per minute: 1,8
This means on average that someone clicks on a tab of mine every 33 seconds! How many people I have actually reached and taught is unfortunately impossible to know. But taking "returning costumers" into account, it would much likely still be more than the actual population of my country, the Nation of Denmark, with its 5,6 million people.

Oh, and of course, I yet haven't mentioned a very significant figure:
  • money earned so far: $ 0,-

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Jon Sebastian Frederiksen - 19th /September /2013
Just mail me at with questions, comments and corrections!
12:23 pm - 1 comments - 1 Kudos
Wednesday, April 25, 2012

What kind of a name is "Maitinin" anyway?

Dear fellow UG-reader,

at least 9 summers must have passed now. It was a nerdy day in 7th grade. I couldn't have been more than 13 years old. All the nerdy boys were reading the Lord of the Rings triology during recess. (UG-profile "xFilth" was also there.) On that day one of the boys released an idea as devastating as the return of Sauron himself. The boy said in Danish: "Ville det ikke vćre vildt sejt, hvis vi kunne tale elver-sprog med hinanden?" ["Wouldn't it be so cool if we could all speak Elvish to eachother?"] And the classroom was silent as the slaughtered Mines of Moria.

And so I raced home on my bicycle to google "tolkien + elven language". In 0,27 seconds my search was over! I stumbled across a pdf that was to seal my fate forever. Alas, this is it: df

As I was sitting in my blacked out and pretty evil room on that probably sunny afternoons, I was searching for the coolest word on the list. An adjactive that was awesome and yet sounded fairly mature. Suddenly it struck me: Skilled. Of course. I was the Skilled one! What an awesome and mature idea!

If you dare search for "skilled", you will find the Elven translation maite. And if you even dare search "adjectives", you will find a grammar clause on how to inflect adjectives to express intensity! And now we are intensely reaching the outer boundaries of the expression 'nerd'. If one wants to express maite in the second degree, more skilled, one adds the suffix -in. If one even wants to express maite in the third degree, most skilled, one adds another -in. This adds up to: Maite-in-in. Maitinin.

And this is our final destination. This is the story of my extremely atypical and way too aesthetic profile name, Maitinin.

Best regards,

PS: But what about the 'e'? Didn't you miss the 'e' in 'maite' when adding -inin?
...Shut up, I also just realized that now!
6:01 pm - 1 comments - 2 Kudos
Thursday, December 01, 2011

Can you "steal" someone else's tab?

Hi there all UG-transcribers! 

Yesterday, I rediscovered this old blog of mine. I realized that I had grown older and my thinking had grown more nuanced, and that I ought to rewrite the thing. So here goes!

The headline asked the question: Can you "steal" someone else’s tab?

The answer back then was: No, tabs cannot be stolen. Tabs are pieces of free knowledge, and these should be shared altruistically with the entire internet-connected world. If anyone regarded your tab as something worth "stealing", you ought to be proud and appreciate your work being shared.

Today, honestly, I think this sounds naively self-effacing. At least more self-effacing than I could tolerate myself. Being subject to plagiarism is only fun and games until it happens to you.

Therefore, today my answer to the question is: Of course you can "steal" someone else’s tab! If you submit someone else’s work solely in your own (profile)name, you’re wrongly alleging your "new" ownership of the work. And, if anything, that is stealing! To be more precise, I think a fine line can be drawn at crediting the source.

Crediting the source:

If someone made a great tab, and it is unfortunately only available at one of the many tab sites around, I see no problem in anyone submitting it other places – if that anyone remembers to credit the original source. That is proper sharing. ("Here is a piece of candy. I'm not the one who brought it, I also just got it from that guy over there.") In my tabs, I always write a signature line in the very bottom, so if anyone would like to copy my tab, just let that signature line be.

A problem arises around outdated versions: Say, if a tab is resubmitted by someone else, on another site out of reach of the source, and if the source updates the tab, it won’t be updated on the other sites. Hence, the source stands credited for something, which now outdated. A dating in the bottom of the tab does not really solve it, since it does not refer to the update. So, online-practically speaking, this problem seems pretty unavoidable.

Rating a "stolen" tab:

The initial thought for this discussion actually emerged from this dilemma:

Someone had "stolen" someone else’s tab (that is, submitting it without crediting the source). Although the tab was perfect, a third person rated it 1 star (lowest rating) and argued that is was "stolen goods".

Indeed, the tab was stolen. But it was also a perfect tab worth a 5 star rating. The rating systems of these tab sites are of course designed to rate the quality of the tab, where it is rather the purpose of report-button to report stolen goods. So, this guy should have rated it 5 stars and reported the tab for being "uncredited goods".

I hope this little blog has been informative to you! Remember that this only represents my opinions, and that you are just as entitled to yours.
Of course, worth mentioning is the broader consideration, whether the tab sites themselves pay their due royalties to the artists. I believe that it is meaningful to discuss notions of stealing and proper crediting within such an overall legal framework. But that is a story for another time.

Musical regards,
Jon S. Frederiksen

4:51 pm - 3 comments - 2 Kudos