Exclusive: FitFinder Offline After Founder Is Fined
Popular student website FitFinder.co.uk has been forced offline – The Tab can exclusively reveal that the withdrawal comes after disciplinary action aginst the site’s founder.
Popular student website FitFinder.co.uk has been forced offline after pressure from universities.
The Tab can exclusively reveal that the withdrawal comes after disciplinary action against the site’s founder.
UCL student Rich Martell, 21, told The Tab that his degree “could be in doubt if the site remains up”.
He continued: “I have been told that a disciplinary panel is a very real option in which case a punishment such as expulsion would not be out of the question”.
The site was setup by 3rd year Comp-Sci Martell in April and has received 5 million visits since.
He recently said that he got the idea from the times in the library when his rugby team-mates would “text eachother when we see an attractive girl”.
Now anyone visiting its homepage is redirected to a page containing the “sad news” that the site would be temporarily offline after “increasing pressure” from universities.
Before today’s removal, the site allowed student to track the best library totty in Cambridge and around the country.
One recent post from Pembroke library read: “Male, Blonde hair. pretty boy red trousers, pouring over the iliad… i’d be his helen of troy; )”.
The site has been so popular that it has crashed UCL’s servers and now Martell has been handed the highest possible fine by the uni for “bringing the university into disrepute”.
And London college LSE told The Times “We’re against the site, and we’ve asked people not to use it. First of all we had some complaints from students who found it insulting and secondly if you’re in the library you’re there to study.”
On hearing the news today, Robinson 3rd year Robert Smith told The Tab: “Fit Finder has saved so much valuable revision time this term. Without it I’ll have to go back to the old fashioned method of doing the talent spotting lap of the Seeley library every half hour.”
He continued: “This Rich guy needs to man up and take the hit. You can see why UCL are only the fourth best in the world.”
An online petition to gather support for the site had gathered more than 1000 signatories after just a few hours.
A spokesperson for the University declined to comment on whether Cambridge authorities had exerted any pressure on those running the site.