How To Sniff Out Plagiarisers
September 16, 2020 3:45pm CST
This post is meant a) as a reminder for oldies not to become lazy and lenient but to go on reporting plagiarisers and b) for newbies who must learn to become vigilant. It's not so difficult to train one's eyes so that one can spot plagiarised posts. Re a) Many oldies ask themselves why they should do unpaid work for the site. It must be technically possible to insert a programme which spots plagiarised posts. So why do myLot HQ not do it? Shouldn't they be interested in keeping the site free of cheats who steal the site's money? This is a valid argument, of course. I've pondered it for a while but have decided to go on hunting baddies. Let's be honest, there's also a sportive element in this. It's either them or me. Of course, I want to win! Re b) How do I sniff out plagiarist 10 m against the wind (a colourful German expression)? - When there are posts under Most Recent Discussions which have 'Benefits of . . .' or '5 (or 10) ways of . . .' in their titles. You can bet the content of your piggy bank that they're copied. - Many posts are on a topic with which the member very clearly has no personal connection. For example: dozens of capital cities / the highest mountains of the earth / the longest rivers / the most expensive racing cars, etc. You get the picture. You'll never find the word 'I' in such a post because the member has never been in one of the cities or up a mountain. Such texts always come from the internet. - You see an exotic user name and a title full of spelling and grammatical mistakes. You click on the post and find a text written in perfect English. Plagiarised! No further explanation necessary. - As a former teacher of English as a foreign language I know in which countries English is taught well and where this is not the case, at least in Europe. Am I prejudiced? Prejudices are bad, aren't they? Should I have qualms of conscience? I don't think so if my suspicions are confirmed. I can find a flawless title from a member of a country whose educational system I don't trust much when it comes to foreign language teaching. I check the text of the equally flawless post and more often than not find another plagiariser. Yet, not only members from countries where English is a foreign language plagiarise. Occasionally, also members from countries where English is the native language do that. You find them if they choose the topics I've mentioned above.
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• East Tawas, Michigan
Why people insist on cheating, is beyond my comprehension. Earning a little money, isn't worth committing a crime! One girl was copying posts on one site, then posting it as her own, on another site. Then, she'd reverse this process and do the same thing. Certain writers were very upset about this!
• United States
A writing site once said I plagiarized a sentence in an article. It was about the DR and Haiti sharing the island of Hispanola. There are only so many ways to state that and I, unfortunately, said it the way someone else did. I did not even read the article that they said I got it from. Some plagiarism is completely unintended. I do understand your point. I used to report whole articles lifted from Wikipedia. It was on another pay chat site that is no longer there. It is maddening to find these articles posted by people who think they are making money but are really getting themselves banned.
• Walnut Creek, California
@MALUSE I wonder how many Americans know what it means. Perhaps 15%? I'm still interested in the nuances of Schadenfreude. If I slow down to see what body parts became detached at a car accident scene, is that Schadenfreude? If I take pleasure in justice being served on a plagiarizer or criminal, is that Schadenfreude? I take pleasure in justice being served upon the "bad," but I try not to take too much pleasure on others' "suffering." I want people like Donald Trump and Kim Kardashian (and your garden variety Vietnamese plagiarizer) to be "exposed" for what they are, but I want them to learn from their experiences. Not suffer.
@TheHorse Wikipedia has a long article on Schadenfreude and explains the psychological causes. This should answer your question. It's past midnight here, so this will be my last comment for now.
I have found several users from English speaking countries plagiarizing. Why to use your brain when you can copy an interesting article from another site, use a "text spinner" and republish here? There are many sites offering article spinner and text rewriting and they are free.
Your points are directing us to be more original and creative.. Points to be noted. On the other hand, I was not bothering much about other users copying the contents from other sites. As for me, I always run out ideas, therefore I end up reading others topic which are connect to me and easy to read.
• Daytona Beach, Florida
My online writing jobs always require me to use Copyscape and Grammarly and I always make sure my content is original if I am writing about something I discovered or saw online. I don't think I have picked up on anything plagiarized recently but I did once on another site. I had been thinking about writing from an article online but had not gotten around to it. Suddenly I was reading an article that seemed to be familiar and then I checked and realized it was copied from the same one I wanted to use. I informed the admin on that site,
• Staten Island, New York
Some can copy content from the net or your own content and just change a few words here and there thinking no one will know they've plagiarized. Happened with my own stuff that was stolen from HubPages. I think I was able to get that removed.