Why do people copy content from places like Wikipedia and post them?

@WebMann (4732)
Canada
January 7, 2007 11:58am CST
I had three responses to different posts from a user named happyji007. They took the content for their response to my post pretty much word for word from Wikipedia. The strange thing is that they were not even relevant to my topic. I looked at happyji007's profile to see they have 288 post but zero were showing on thier profile. Does this mean they have been caught and punished for cheating? If so I am a happy guy. I would say if you are going to cheat at least make the reading interesting. DUH!!
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@Ashida (1370)
• United States
8 Jan 07
I had a similar cut and paster who didn't even bother to take the footnotes out of the wikipedia article. needless to say I reported him. Sometimes if I question the validity of a response, I'll look at a profile and see if their grammar and spelling have remarkably improved. Came across more than a few who "wrote" perfectly spelled and punctuated responses, but when you see their own posts, they couldn't spell at all. It's easier to do that than search for the text online. I'm kinda picky about my + ratings, and so I do this often to make sure someone doesn't get a + for something they copied.
@WebMann (4732)
• Canada
8 Jan 07
It puts a big black mark on their name for me and I don't bother with that individually any more. So I can't see how they can profit for long. I ramble way too much but it's my ramblings, not the ramblings of others. :) I have started double checking the great responses I get so I am not rating a cheater. It's pretty much a give away when they respond faster than you can check your email and it's four pages long. DUH!! thanks Have a great day, new year and prosperous life.
@micheller (1365)
• United States
8 Jan 07
Yes, I think if you have a discussion or response that is deleted that mylot found something in it that was againt the mylot guidelines.
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@WebMann (4732)
• Canada
8 Jan 07
Well I think that's great. Way too many posts that just say yes or no or I agree. What a waste of time. Or just totally off topic. I imagine this is still pretty new to the those that run the site, so I guess it should get better as we go. Have a great new year
@irisheyes (4372)
• United States
7 Jan 07
When I first came on her a couple weeks ago. I gave a best response to a long answer that I thought would probably be very helpful. It was paragraph after paragraph about cat care & nutrition etc. I was sure the poster wa probably a vetenarian. When I looked later and found it was posted by a teenager in India, I started to have some doubts.(LOL) Now I'm a lot more careful but I can see where somebody can cut and paste and get a few brownie points out of new people who don't know the ropes.
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@WebMann (4732)
• Canada
7 Jan 07
Meow Meow Meow, That was how are you doing this fine day in cat language, which is universal by the way. :) I have decided to take great responses I get and see if they are listed elsewhere online just to help keep things honest around here. Thanks for you response
@ESKARENA1 (18296)
7 Jan 07
i hate the coppy queens, so many of em seem to infest mylot, but since the new ratings payment system was introduced they seem to be fading away. Maybe mylot have taken his ratings away because of his site abuse id certainly report it if it happens to me again, keep on posting and the best of luck to you
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@WebMann (4732)
• Canada
7 Jan 07
Thanks for you response. I am only a week old myLotter but I know better than to copy content. I don't totally understand that payout system but I hope that reporting this person gets the job done. myLot can be a really awesome place if we can weed out the copy queens as you call them. :) Have a great day and be sure to help at least one person today.
@droik123 (74)
• India
8 Jan 07
Ignore Him. Its not that Tough