It's starting all over again...

Busted!
@sacmom (14315)
United States
August 11, 2015 4:21am CST
or maybe it never stopped. So, I was going through some responses on my post a little bit ago, when I noticed one in particular, that stuck out like a sore thumb. Were my eyes deceiving me? Or maybe it was déjà vu? Nah, it was neither. It was a plagiarist! You better believe that I captured a screen shot for proof! I added the image on here so you can see it for yourself. I know this stuff happens and I've seen it happen here in the past. I just cannot believe that it is back...so soon. Are these people so desperate for money that they are willing to cheat? Or do they not speak English and want to join in the fun? Remember, plagiarists don't just copy discussions and post them as their own. They copy responses and comments as well, so be sure to keep an eye out for them and report them as soon as possible! Because the last thing we need are members like this. We just got myLot back, I sure a heck do not want to lose it again!
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@PhredWreck (6051)
11 Aug 15
Yep...been a year or two since I last saw that happen. I just don't understand how the idiots think they can do it like that in the same discussion as the original response.
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@sacmom (14315)
• United States
11 Aug 15
I don't understand it either. But then again maybe they aren't thinking! lol
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@owlwings (39362)
• Cambridge, England
11 Aug 15
@sacmom It seems very clear that they were thinking "Hey look! You can earn for posting here. Let's just copy and paste a comment to see if it works!" ... or whatever the equivalent of that is in LSC (Little Squiggly Characters). The offender did it twice in two separate discussions (one from 2009), so it clearly wasn't a mistake!
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@sacmom (14315)
• United States
11 Aug 15
@owlwings Oh, I know that. I just meant that they weren't thinking very intelligently.
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@owlwings (39362)
• Cambridge, England
11 Aug 15
The ability to delete any thread which is directly below yours is very handy, sometimes (mind you, it COULD make nonsense of a discussion occasionally). I believe (but am not certain) that, if you report a response and then delete it, @goaskalice can still see what you've reported and take appropriate action. So if, for example, someone posts a spammy comment to a response, the response owner can report and then delete the comment.
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• United States
13 Aug 15
That is good to know, especially if GAA is able to still read it. I said the other day that I would report but not delete, because I thought the report would either also be deleted or be made invalid as GAA would not actually be able to see what we were trying to report.
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@Sandra1952 (6052)
• Spain
11 Aug 15
It's never going to go away - here or anywhere else, as long as there are idiots who think they can earn without effort. We just gotta keep on top of it and report them when we see them - just like we used to.
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@topffer (34509)
• France
11 Aug 15
Is it a plagiarist or a parrot ? In the old myLot, I remember one who was copying phrases from old discussions. His comments had no sense, but it was less obvious than this one.
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@sacmom (14315)
• United States
13 Aug 15
Well, now that you mention it, it could be either! I remember seeing something like that! The responses and comments were obviously copied as they didn't make any sense at all! lol
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@hereandthere (31900)
• Philippines
11 Aug 15
what the heck! i see the same thing being done at chatabout! they all seems to have a "quantity" mindset.
@minx267 (14585)
• Hartford, Connecticut
11 Aug 15
Wow, that is pretty blatant! I thought before we couldn't copy and paste if we were under like 500 responses. is that not the case anymore?
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@sacmom (14315)
• United States
11 Aug 15
That's exactly what I thought! Apparently that isn't the case anymore. Just another reason why myLot should bring the old format back!
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@owlwings (39362)
• Cambridge, England
11 Aug 15
The copy/paste restriction was done away with when MyLot changed to format and stopped paying mostly because it then allowed people to copy and paste their links. It may already be on the 'wants' list as something which should be restored, though I think that 100 or 200 would be a good post minimum to set. @goaskalice - perhaps you'd like to confirm that this is already on the list?
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@yukimori (9069)
• United States
12 Aug 15
I'd like to see them come up with something that's a little harder to bypass than the old measures were, personally. It was ridiculously simple to get around.
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@Shellyann36 (10754)
• United States
13 Aug 15
Wow people already starting the same old thing all over again huh? Glad you got the screen shot. Perhaps they will stop the copy and paste because of this.
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@sacmom (14315)
• United States
14 Aug 15
Just quoting @owlwings from above. "It may already be on the 'wants' list as something which should be restored". Hopefully it will be. We sure need it @Shellyann36!
@sacmom (14315)
• United States
14 Aug 15
By the way, thanks. I'm glad that I did too.
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@Shellyann36 (10754)
• United States
14 Aug 15
@sacmom You are very welcome.
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@WeeRisky (78)
• Falkirk, Scotland
11 Aug 15
wow shocking eh I Know it's not the same thing but i enter competitions & sometimes myself & others come across people who have stolen a pic from a website to enter a competition claiming the pic was their own, these pics are copyrights & obviously need permission to use from owner, but the people who steal them don't care all they want is to win the competition & receive a good prize..same as what you're talking about it's all about money money money..
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@rosekiss (30270)
• Eugene, Oregon
11 Aug 15
I guess they can't come up with anything, so they take from others. That just isn't right. We take the time to post something that is our own, and someone else steals it. i hope that person gets blocked, or better yet, banned from mylot, as i agree, that we certainly don't need anything like that to happen now that mylot is back. It never seems to fail though, that it just takes one person to mess it up for all the rest. Go firgure. I think now, we will all be more vigilant and watch out for that person or anyone else that might think about trying the same thing. Take care, and have a great day.
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• Falkirk, Scotland
11 Aug 15
@rosekiss Yep well i doubt anyone will be stealing anything from me, my grammar, punctuation isn't very good. I struggle to write in full English, takes me ages to reply.I'm used to writing in slang. Anyway thanks & you have a great day too.
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@sacmom (14315)
• United States
13 Aug 15
@WeeRisky It's not so much shocking as it is annoying. It's pretty pathetic that anyone would do these things in order to make/win money. @rosekiss It'd be great if they could be banned forever. Unfortunately, I don't think that is possible. Or is it @owlwings?
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@Asylum (48278)
• Manchester, England
11 Aug 15
I doubt it this type of behaviour ever truly ceased, but most likely simply subsided for a while. None of us want this to become prolific again, so it is worth watching out for.
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@sacmom (14315)
• United States
13 Aug 15
I agree, it is definitely worth it.
@Asylum (48278)
• Manchester, England
13 Aug 15
@sacmom Amusingly enough, just after responding to this post I encountered a post by a new member that was simply a long string of the letter G. Even the title was just a line of Gs. Needless to say I took great pleasure in reporting it.
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@rachael5760 (2700)
• Israel
11 Aug 15
Everyone needs to be diligent to make sure that people don't plagiarize here. We need to have a button to report a post that is against the rules. I like the copy paste function because it allows me to put links, but I never copy other people's posts!
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• Israel
11 Aug 15
OH, I just saw the button to report. It only shows up at the end of the post. I'm still getting used to the new format.
@sacmom (14315)
• United States
11 Aug 15
@rachael5760. I agree. Everyone needs to be diligent in order for myLot to be free of these pests. As for the report button goes, I already found it and reported that member earlier.
@silvermist (20097)
• India
13 Aug 15
I am surprised and amused.But at the same time rather ashamed that the person who did this seems to be from my country.I am at a loss to understand why somebody would copy paste a response like this.
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@sacmom (14315)
• United States
13 Aug 15
Why? There's no need for you to feel ashamed. The only one who should feel ashamed is the member that did this.
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• New Bremen, Ohio
12 Aug 15
I just joined here and appreciate the heads up about this. I have seen it happen at other sites a lot
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@sacmom (14315)
• United States
12 Aug 15
I've seen it happen on other sites as well.
@allen0187 (33488)
• Philippines
12 Aug 15
@allen10187 reporting for plagiarist patrol duty! Could it be possible that these are bots?
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@sacmom (14315)
• United States
13 Aug 15
I don't know. I guess anything is possible...
@flowerchilde (12518)
• United States
12 Aug 15
I find the whole phenomenon very puzzling!
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@sacmom (14315)
• United States
13 Aug 15
I find it annoying! lol
@allknowing (66404)
• India
12 Aug 15
If everyone has a keen eye like yours this place could be a place we all wish it to be.
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@sacmom (14315)
• United States
13 Aug 15
Hahaha! I don't know about that (with my eyes being keen). It was just so obvious! How could I not catch it?
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@1wldngl (3991)
• United States
11 Aug 15
That's just insane...and obvious.
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@sacmom (14315)
• United States
11 Aug 15
Tell me about it!
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@much2say (39616)
• United States
11 Aug 15
Oh wow - I've never seen that happen! Seriously, copying a comment? How lazy can a person get! How can they think they could get away with that one? That was pretty dumb!!!
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@sacmom (14315)
• United States
13 Aug 15
Tell me about it! It was very dumb!
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• United States
13 Aug 15
I have also seen discussions that I was pretty sure were plagiarized, but when I searched them I could not find where they had been taken from. I understand that people are knowledgeable in different things and many have a very good grasp of English and grammar, but these discussions were more like scientific or medical journals than discussions. Also, we can't say why we are reporting them or give a link as to where they are plagiarized from, so maybe we don't have to worry so much about finding the link when we report them.
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