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Plagiarism Notice 2

Hi everyone - I just want to really re-iterate the importance of the plagiarism policy. We had to take a zero tolerance policy approach and I really need the members to take it seriously. Now more than ever, we need to focus on quality of content and while its not the only area that needs to be improved upon, plagiarised content definitely hurts.

I have had to remove two members from the site just tonight, one who was a good member outside of the plagiarism on the article. I even wanted to cut her a break but if I start to bend the rules, in no time it will be right back to where we were before. If you are unsure, please double check before posting. I would hate to be put in the position of needing to delete a member of the community for something as simple as a plagiarised article.

Yes, we check as many articles as we can... we have some automated testing and then some manual testing on top of that. There is almost a 90%+ chance we will find your article that was plagiarised. No article is safe, no matter how old. If you are concerned, go back through and double check. If you have written 200 great articles, and 1 is plagiarised I will be forced to remove your account... I really do not want to do that.

Please, submit only your own original content to this site. Limit your quotes, and your commentary on any news article should be just that your commentary. Not an edited version of the same article.

This is important... I really do not want to remove any more members for this reason. Please check your articles.


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Comments

JanetHunt wrote on June 14, 2014, 10:58 PM

Ashley Thanks for this update! Is it still okay to post something you've written on another site as long as you provide a link back to it and state where it was published?

momathome wrote on June 14, 2014, 11:05 PM

Hopefully the plagiarizers will leave now that the bank rate has changed. They normally are after a fast buck so hopefully they will go elsewhere. I hope that that is one good thing that comes of it.

ashley wrote on June 14, 2014, 11:07 PM

For the time being, this is still acceptable so long as we know your username on that other site. If it is the same, then it is no problem. If the username is different, I would suggest letting us know ahead of time.

Just a FYI - that policy is currently under discussion but for the time being, it is still acceptable and completely fine.

momathome wrote on June 14, 2014, 11:07 PM

That is something I wonder, too ashley . Maybe google is balking at the re-posting. Because it's technically not new or original content since it is already posted elsewhere. I know most sites don't allow it and maybe that is the reason.

ashley wrote on June 14, 2014, 11:08 PM

Yeah the good news is it will really draw the line for people who really like being here and connecting with others... and people who just want to make money and leave. That is why I want to stress this as much as I can... I don't want a good member to do it on accident and then lose their account for it.

JanetHunt wrote on June 14, 2014, 11:09 PM

Ashley The only place I have reposted from is Bubblews and my user name there is jhunt. I didn't include that in my posts and I can go back and do it if I need to.

BNelson wrote on June 14, 2014, 11:12 PM

I submit only my own stuff. I have been plagiarized in the past and it is not a good thing. For sure if a person has been plagiarized it is hard to tell if they were the plagiarizer or the victim of such an act in some cases.

LoftyDreams wrote on June 14, 2014, 11:28 PM

My biggest worry is that by some divine providence I may someday write something all on my own and have it be identical to something someone else has written in the past. I guess if that would happen I would have to go out an buy lottery tickets though, Those would have to be good odds to randomly match another thought in the same words.

ashley wrote on June 14, 2014, 11:48 PM

No thats fine... if you give the original source link and we know your username, then we can match it up. It doesn't have to be in the post. Just watch my account for any updates regarding that policy. That is perfectly fine for now but changes to it are being discussed.

ashley wrote on June 14, 2014, 11:49 PM

Great to hear and that is a good point... it could go either way. Knowing the "true" source is difficult, but if its original then there is no question :)

ashley wrote on June 14, 2014, 11:50 PM

That is true... but with the 500 character requirement the chances of two people writing the same exact works are pretty slim :) Of course there is a saying about monkeys, typewriters and shakespeare right? :)

allen0187 wrote on June 15, 2014, 12:30 AM

Thanks for the update. Zero tolerance for spammers and plagiarists should be enforced.

shadowdusk wrote on June 15, 2014, 12:35 AM

Hi ashley , can you fix my coins? The number of my views doesn't increase the coins in my account. Only LIKES and COMMENTS do increase my coins. I would also like to request that you calculate my suppose to be number of coins. Please bring back my lost coins.

rusty2rusty wrote on June 15, 2014, 12:35 AM

It is a lot easier to discover plagiarism when you are not allow to re-post articles you wrote from other sites. Why? Because those on other sites could be plagiarized already. I see an abundance of plagiarize items on other writing sites. I hope you are able to resolve what is going on. I hate to see this site with all the potential it has.

paperdaisyflower7 wrote on June 15, 2014, 12:40 AM

that is good. I made a post ashley with all the sites i write on and the usernames. Was that ok?

Randajad_The_Traveller wrote on June 15, 2014, 12:43 AM

We need to be strict about Plagiarism, original writers of the stolen articles can sue persona paper so for sure we dont want that to happen

LadyDuck wrote on June 15, 2014, 5:53 AM

I agree with this policy, I have noticed on other sites that spammers never learn to behave correctly.
I think you should also ask to stop reposting articles that are still indexed on other sites, I think that Google do not like duplicate content and the robots cannot make the difference between "plagiarized" and original article posted on several platforms.

CloudExplorer wrote on June 15, 2014, 6:12 AM

It's sad but true many folks online think they can steal content from other web locations they have no rights to take from and post it on writing platforms like yours Ashley. I think they are just cheaters no matter whom they are and deserve to get their faulty malicious accounts deleted. Many of the times the user isn't who they portray themselves to be which would be some image of a good looking female many times, and some weird looking user name. Trying to boost on the social heart strings of men maybe in the community, who knows emoticon :smile:
I get tired of seeing that sort of mess online, and people thinking they can get away with cheating. So yeah you were nice about mentioning the user you had to get rid of, but I know what it is out here, seen it far to many times for it to just be innocent mistakes. Thanks though for alerting us all with this Plagirism update, shame on them!

Platespinner wrote on June 15, 2014, 7:15 AM

Glad to read that you are taking a firm line with plagiarizers! I tend to stick to articles of a personal nature, and I am not planning to repost from the other site. Thanks for all your efforts to make this site available to us!

SandraLPetersen wrote on June 15, 2014, 6:46 PM

Learning how to cite sources is one of the first things a writer should know how to do. There are free plagiarism checkers writers can use to make sure they have not accidentally copied phrases from somewhere else on the internet. Running an article through one of those wouldn't hurt.

I didn't put the link to the one I use because I didn't want to run afoul of any rules.

SandraLPetersen wrote on June 15, 2014, 6:48 PM

Sorry for the double post. My laser mouse fell on the floor and when I tried to get back to the page I was on, the prompt box asked if I wanted to resend information. I didn't know this was what it would be resending.

Ruby3881 wrote on June 16, 2014, 12:12 AM

I agree with Anna on this. Content still indexed elsewhere should not be posted here if you want Google to play nice. If the policy changes though, I think you should be sure to have some sort of grandfathering so nobody is punished for having cross-posted when it was still allowed.

Ruby3881 wrote on June 16, 2014, 12:13 AM

I just want to say that I greatly appreciate the hard work you are all going to when it comes to keeping this site free from spam and plagiarism. way to go!

Juandicv wrote on June 16, 2014, 12:15 AM

so breakin this rule goes straight to deletion of the acc, and not just the post right ??? .. well thats good to know ... gotta be extra careful then .. :D

Chantiele wrote on June 16, 2014, 4:55 AM

Ashley I think the plagiarizers will leave now as they cannot earn as quickly as they were before, thanks for putting up this post as now the members can see that the site will not tolerate plagiarizers