There have already been many great articles written here on AR about plagiarism. My question is: how much is too much? I am not judging the staff here at AR, but I think they are overlooking the potential seriousness of these agents' actions.
I'll admit it, I'm a rat! I recently reported two members of AR for plagiarism. I work too hard on my posts to have someone steal them from me. In one case the member basically took a long list and cut and pasted half of the items and descriptions (word-for-word) to form their article. The post was stripped of points but remains on the site. I also reported another member who had copied entire articles word-for-word from another blog without even a hint of credit to the true author and then added some of their own words to the article. They did this with several posts, so I flagged the first 3 that I found. I also brought the crime to the authors attention and he has stated that the problem has been dealt with (not my business, so I didn't get into it). These posts remain on the site with no notice that their points have been removed.
- Isn't AR opening itself up to liability by being notified of a criminal post and not removing it from THEIR servers? I know they are protected against a lot of things through the agree we enter into with them, but once brought to their attention, I think they are just as guilty as the parties that committed the crime in the first place if they choose to do nothing more than place a small little icon next to the post.
- I'm all for policing our own here, but if there is no result, then what is the point? The members weren't penalized anything except for the few points they never deserved in the first place - They should be punished if not banned forever. Am I being too harsh? I do believe in forgiveness for those that don't know any better, but what about more well established members who have been on AR for a while now and know better - do they deserve a second chance? Do they deserve a third?
- I don't know what happens after a member is reported, if anyone knows than please enlighten us all. I would be interested in knowing if the victim is notified or what is being done to prevent the same offender from doing it again.