Reached 500th Post... Then Starts Abusing myLot

Japan
October 21, 2008 10:31am CST
Hello fellow myLotters! This just got my nerves. I read some discussion in myLot, not really a discussion but some sort of someone giving technical information about the History of the Internet. When I finished reading it, it gave me a feeling that that post is a copy-pasted content. The post contains three paragraphs with about 300 words and with technical terms (mind you of its length!). And looking on the person who post it, she is just a few post over 500. I search the article in Google and I found the whole original article in Wikipedia. So it was really copy-pasted. I believe someone is abusing myLot and it boils down to increasing one's earnings. It really saddens me. But I did what I need to do. Have you seen such kind of post here in myLot? What would you do? Would you do the same when you got 500th post?
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31 responses
21 Oct 08
I have noticed one user in particular does it all the time. I just don't bother responding anymore. Copying and pasting is cheating as far as I'm concerned.
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• Japan
21 Oct 08
I also see it as cheating, specially with this particular case. And I believe its unfair just to think someone is doing that all the time. Don't you report that using the abuse button?
2 people like this
21 Oct 08
Yes and I have. That's why my star is down to a 3 from an 8 in a matter of days. This person knew and then rated all my discussions as negative lol.
• Japan
21 Oct 08
I see the effect of trying to police myLot. So that's the bad side of being good and how the game is played.
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• United States
21 Oct 08
If it was just copied and pasted to start a discussion- I agree that's a little wrong but if it was in response to someone's question- then I would be more willing to over look it. The other side of that is I have noticed a couple posters here at mylot seem to take it personally when someone else may earn more and I don't completely understand that either. If it's a real problem I would like the powers that be would catch it. One other note- is that I have heard different things concerning the use of links- so if the person was just trying to give the info, posters need to decide if they are willing to post a link to the website with the information (not their referral link) does that make sense.
• Japan
21 Oct 08
It was copied and pasted to start a discussion and that is why I feel disturbed about it. Not only that, she started other 2 discussions in the same way and so I made my move. I think its alright to copy-paste information and cite resources if its a reply to someone's query but to lift your own chair for your own benefit (in the first place) is something wrong. I am not envy of what she can do... I feel it's just plain and clear abuse. About posting links. I read in myLot Guidelines that posting links is allowed when its is pertinent to the discussion at hand. But posting something which is completely irrelevant (like affiliate and referral links) is a big NO.
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@owelm0408 (1012)
• Philippines
22 Oct 08
and...posting links in prohibited as well...
@mysdianait (63936)
• Italy
22 Oct 08
If they are relevant to the discussion and donot contain an affiliate ID then they are allowed. It says so in that link above
@desireeo (595)
• Philippines
21 Oct 08
Shame on people like that. Have they no pride? I haven't met anybody like that. It's probably because long discussions don't interest me as much. Or, it depends on the topic. History of the Internet doesn't hold relevance and priority in my book today, except if I was a student told make a report on the topic. Don't get me wrong. I don't take the birth of the Internet for granted but I'll look it up when I have nothing else to do. Anyways, getting back to the topic at hand. The administration has clearly stated that no copying of copyrighted or any materials that aren't our own are allowed here. If that person wanted to make a discussion about the history of the Internet then she could've at least condensed the whole thing in her own words. There's nothing wrong about consulting a reference and basing your whole discussion in what you have deduced from your research. I assume you reported her to Mylot people? Good for you. She risks a cancellation of her Mylot account.
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• Japan
21 Oct 08
That's how it looks to me. Obviously it's a "doing the first move for more benefit strategy"... but might suffer consequences at the end. LOL
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@Lazers (152)
21 Oct 08
Hmm.if in response to a post, and clearly stated such as "Hey, if you look on Wikipedia, we can see: *copypasted info here* " But without saying..It's a grey area.
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• Japan
21 Oct 08
Yes, I agree. That's the civilized way of doing it. Cheers!
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@Ldyjarhead (10161)
• United States
22 Oct 08
There are always people out there that will cheat the system. I would have reported them too. There are a few people around that will come to your discussion and just copy everything you said and paste it into the discussion as their response. Some don't even have the copy/past capability yet that comes with 500 posts, so I don't know if they are circumventing that somehow, or if they are simply typing everything word for word for the practice or what. And yes, I reported them too.
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@austere (2816)
• Philippines
21 Oct 08
oh.. that's really really bad.. well, i use te copy and paste function to copy my response that ib typed in the notepad or from word when i dont have internet connection to mylot website when i am in an internet ready computer. you know what i mean, i use copy and paste, but i make sure i copy and paste my own discussions.. also i admit i have done copy and pasting too, but they are short ones that i would just add to the discussion that i am making.. something like that.. not that i would copy and plaigarize a whole article.. that's mean!:(
@agrant10 (1446)
• United States
21 Oct 08
Well, I'm new to my lot this is my 6th day. My very first discussion that I posted was how to license a song for films or movies. Someone gave a response that really did not pertain to the question. Then someone else replied that the information they left was plagarism and they placed a link to show where the information was taken from. So, I checked the discussion a few days later and both of the comments were gone. I do not think that people should have to cheat or be dishonest to earn earning. As bad as I need the earnings I still believe that honesty is the best policy and when I lie down to go to sleep I can have sweet rest.
@EAStanley (2689)
• United States
21 Oct 08
I only wanted to get to 500 so that I could copy/paste my poetry in the "writing" forums. I mean, it's completely RIDICULOUS to have to spend 20+ minutes re-typing something that you have saved in your email, when it only takes 5 or so SECONDS to copy/paste it! I have no desire to cheat by copy/pasting from Wikipedia or anywhere else. I just don't see the point. I just wanted to say that there ARE legitimate reasons for wanting to get to 500. (:
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@airl1527 (355)
• China
22 Oct 08
I haven't reached 500. But when i reach, i won't do that.
• Japan
22 Oct 08
Good for you airl1527! Just be sure you'll keep your word because I'll be watching you. LOL It's just a joke. Happy myLotting and I hope I made you laugh.
@airl1527 (355)
• China
22 Oct 08
No, i am sorry. I don't laugh. But what you said makes me think... Thank you.
• Philippines
22 Oct 08
Oh. That's 100% plagiarism and wiki can sue the person for that. Though I haven't encountered any posts of that kind yet. Glad that you did what you need to do. I hope people would not do that again. It's not fair at all.
• Japan
22 Oct 08
It's completely 100% word-for-word plagiarism. No more, no less. Fortunately, those posts are already gone. I really hope she will not do it again.
@maroseqf (3657)
• Philippines
22 Oct 08
really? that's so improper. do you think you should report it to mylot cause i think it's a violation? anyway, if ever i reach my 500th post and get the chance to use of the copy-paste function here in mylot, i don't think i will be doing the same thing. it is really deceiving for those who read your discussion and violating for the one who really wrote it. people should be more considerate on other people's property. we should respect the hardwork of others. we can get some idea from it but not copying it word for word.
• Japan
22 Oct 08
Yes, I agree with your views. Plain copy-paste of other people's work is improper, unfair and annoying. When doing so, at least just get the most important thoughts and leave a reference to the source (that's a way of saying thank you). But this case is really an abuse. I can't find any reason for doing such kind of posts other than a self-serving easy-money strategy. I think, that's one disadvantage of getting to the 500th post mark, it makes other people lazy until it reaches to the point that they destroy their own reputation in myLot.
• United States
22 Oct 08
If someone repeatedly pastes in their entire post, and adds nothing, and it is consistently done that way, then I think that is abuse. However, I've seen times when someone was trying to make a point and pasted in a lengthy post with link to the full article or name of the person who wrote it. I think that is OK. It's pretty easy, I think, to tell if they are pasting in a lot to support their point or if they are just trying to make money.
• Japan
22 Oct 08
You got it. It's completely copy-pasted without any changes or additional comments or even reference to the source. I can't think myself doing it just for the shame of some cents. When you read something like that, you will be amazed in the way it's written, the use of technical terms (of which some I don't even understand), and the length and amount of information it has. Inherently, you will not believe someone here in myLot writes as good as that. And you'll come to only one conclusion of plagiarized content for more myLot earnings. And the culprit (sorry for the term) started other two discussions the same way. So it's completely an abuse... and I done my part. Let myLot authorities handle the rest... and it was done. Hopefully, the culprit would realize the bad side and the danger (to her own) of what she did. myLot is a good community and we need to correct others who do things not the myLot way.
@Hatley (152615)
• Garden Grove, California
22 Oct 08
hi elguiruela I hope you turned that abuser in as I know I would have. to begin with that is illegal everywhere, you do not copy and paste someone elses work and pass it off as your own. that is called plagiarizing and is against all the laws, not just mylot rules. I did not ever do that when I passed the 500 mark. in fact I dont paste anything, what you see in my discussions is all my own work, good ,bad, or indifferent. I havent seen that post or one like it, but if I did I would check then report if it had been just copied.
• Japan
22 Oct 08
Yes, you are correct Hatley. You will really disagree with those kind of post - plain copy-pasted content without any further discussions or comments about it. The good thing is, I found where the original article was! The only reason I can think about it is to somehow increase one's earnings in myLot. But it's an abuse of the system and I believe everyone here in myLot will raise an eyebrow when they see something like that. Update It seems all of the three posts are ALL gone now. I just check to have an update about this. It's good to know myLot authorities took action on the matter fast.
@SketcherD (1114)
• Canada
22 Oct 08
HMM that does seem a little fishy doesn't it? There are always people like that out there.
• Japan
22 Oct 08
Yes SketcherD! And to remove the fishy smell, it needs to be thrown out of the window. And hopefully does not enter the door again. LOL
@JUNGLE (1157)
• South Africa
22 Oct 08
MyLot is an excellent site and we should all regard it as our home.Abuse of such a grand facility as MyLot is atrocious and should be reported.LOL!!!!
@paid2write (5204)
22 Oct 08
As you point out in this discussion, that person had not started a discussion. Did anyone respond to it? There is really nothing you can add to a post which does not ask anything or invite responses. I see many discussion posts giving out information, which may be interesting original or copied, but I am not going to add a response just to say "That's interesting" because it will not earn me anything to say that. The person who started the topic will earn nothing if there are no responses, or even if one or two people add a few words. Without quality responses there is nothing to be achieved with that type of discussion
@simesc (248)
22 Oct 08
It all depends on what people are on here for, some people to discuss, some to learn, some to chat, some to earn money by any means. It is sad, but a fact. If you give people rewards for asking questions and posting comments there will always be people who want to cheat the system. It is the same of any way of making money. There are always a number of people out there trying to cheat. The best thing is just to ignore these people and soon they will get bored not earning any money
• Philippines
22 Oct 08
that is no good, theyre cheating.. they should be block from mylot
@miketagz (645)
• Philippines
22 Oct 08
I think its a bad habit posting some sort of doing copy-paste methods or any shortcut methods. Thats a lazy idea. The honest to do post, the better to receive high earnings. ^__^
@ljq897 (77)
• China
22 Oct 08
First,it is my point to improve my english surfing on mylot.On the other hands ,i can also make a little money after i posted my views.If i would reach 500th post ,i will keep on write my views on my hands rather than copy some words to post.