Wednesday, January 26, 2022
Whenever I am trying to persuade my fellow academics that blogging, while not scholarship, is a great way to get one's scholarship-related ideas before a large public, I mention that we get about 400 visits per weekday during the semester and two or three times that many page views. Unimpressed colleagues typically respond, "You know those are mostly bots, right?"
Well, one of those "bots" was the Library of Congress! This week we received notification from that prestigious institution that it has selected the ContractsProf Blog "for inclusion in the historic collection of Internet materials related to the Legal Blawgs Web Archive." Why? Because the e-mail continued, "We consider your website to be an important part of this collection and the historical record."
Hah! Bots indeed. And all I had to do to make our content part of the permanent historical record was to fill out a form and provide my name, home address, date of birth, social security number, drivers' license number, passport number, credit card number, credit score, and my mother's maiden name.
The follow-up e-mail was a bit disconcerting. Does anybody know how I would get my hands on 100 Bitcoin?