This is the header of something called ThreePercenter.org.
I have nothing to do with them, don't know who they are, and have no input into what they put on their official-looking website. They've been around for a few months, and nothing much was happening over there so I ignored it. After a friend saw Kurt's comment on Sipsey St., he looked them up on Who Is Registry. This is what he found:
Created On:23-May-2009 06:17:06 UTC
Last Updated On:23-Jul-2009 03:53:32 UTC
Expiration Date:23-May-2010 06:17:06 UTC
Sponsoring Registrar:GoDaddy.com, Inc. (R91-LROR)
Status:CLIENT DELETE PROHIBITED
Status:CLIENT RENEW PROHIBITED
Status:CLIENT TRANSFER PROHIBITED
Status:CLIENT UPDATE PROHIBITED
Registrant Name:Brad Clifford
Registrant Street1:104 W. 2nd Ave
Registrant State/Province:New York
Registrant Postal Code:12095
Registrant Phone Ext.:
Registrant FAX Ext.:
Admin Name:Brad Clifford
Admin Street1:104 W. 2nd Ave
Admin State/Province:New York
Admin Postal Code:12095
Admin Phone Ext.:
Admin FAX Ext.:
Tech Name:Brad Clifford
Tech Street1:104 W. 2nd Ave
Tech State/Province:New York
Tech Postal Code:12095
Tech Phone Ext.:
Tech FAX Ext.:
Like I said, nothing much was happening until this month when their posts picked up and they made this anouncement:
Nominations for Administrative Council --
Nominations for members of the Administrative Council are now underway in our forums. Please visit the nominations thread and post your nominations. Nominations are open until Oct. 22nd. Voting will commence immediately thereafter.
Now, the Three Percenter movement that my friends and I kicked off some two years ago is just that, a movement. We have no organization, per se, no by-laws, no membership lists, no dues and no "Administrative Council."
The flip side of that is that we didn't officially copyright anything, and the Internet is a free place and Clifford can do whatever he likes.
But I do not know him nor do I have access to his site because I will not sign up and thereby lend him even the legitimacy of my name. As far as I recall, he did not seek permission, nor did he inform me. Of course, he needn't have. Like I said, the 'Net is a free place.
My friend expressed his concern thusly:
Perhaps a mention without a link so he doesn't benefit from a traffic boost--here's my concern: the guy gets himself established as a Threeper then does something stupid or racist--maybe even intentionally if he's not what he represents himself to be.
It's important that you come up with some kind of disclaimer, maybe even have it in your sidebar.
Pete's a lawyer. Maybe he can come up with an improvement to this disclaimer in shysterspeak:
Please note the term "Three Percenter" is not copyrighted. It has come to my attention that others not affiliated with Sipsey Street Irregulars are identifying themselves by this term. While we applaud the concept of the Three Percent as defined on this website, and encourage the idea to spread, endorsement of any third-party individual or entity identifying themselves as a "three percenter" is neither expressed nor implied.
My friend's concern is prudent.
Look, I do not know where this guy's heart lies, nor which master, if any, he serves.
He may be well-intentioned. He may be one of us. But you should know that I have nothing to do with his site. Caveat lector.
Let the reader beware.