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Re^2: How should Perlmonks deal with Plagiarism?

by bobf (Monsignor)
on Oct 07, 2006 at 05:42 UTC ( #576800=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: How should Perlmonks deal with Plagiarism?
in thread How should Perlmonks deal with Plagiarism?

If the three conditions you outlined were met, I would recommend:

  • posting a link within the thread to the original source
  • dropping the node rep to 0 if it were positive (or leaving it as-is if it were negative)
  • assessing a 10 XP penalty to the OP
  • appending "(plagiarised)" to the title of the node (not the whole thread) (yes, I know it is currently possible for the OP to edit it)

I think it is important to target only those nodes that were plagiarised - not every post ever written by the OP. This would specifically discourage the negative behavior and make the Monastery's response feel less like an unrestrained personal attack. It may also make it less likely that the OP simply create a new account and continue the behavior under a new nick. If a significant pattern of plagiarism was found (as in this case), then a graded progression of consequences (including locking out/deactivating the OP's account) could be considered.

Finally, I agree with what Joost said: reposting interesting questions or answers from other sources is (in general) fine "as long as the content is interesting (and prefererably attributed)" (emphasis mine).

Just my $0.02


Comment on Re^2: How should Perlmonks deal with Plagiarism?
Re^3: How should Perlmonks deal with Plagiarism?
by McDarren (Abbot) on Oct 07, 2006 at 06:09 UTC
    "I think it is important to target only those nodes that were plagiarised - not every post ever written by the OP."

    In principle, yes. But.....

    Given that it's quite evident that they've been doing this as an attempt to accumulate XP, then I think the most appropriate response is to take away from them what they seem to desire most - their precious XP. Not in one fell swoop by an act of the god's - but bit by bit by the community as a whole, as we demonstate to them that we simply will not tolerate this sort of behaviour.

    Your $0.02, and I raise you $0.02 ;)

      There are two issues at stake here: what we (as a community) should do about the present situation, and what we should do about future posts that are found to be plagiarised. I was trying to generalize the discussion and propose a set of actions that could be described in the site FAQs and applied to future posts.

      Not in one fell swoop by an act of the god's - but bit by bit by the community as a whole, as we demonstate to them that we simply will not tolerate this sort of behaviour.
      I agree completely.

      Your $0.02, and I raise you $0.02
      /me folds

Re^3: How should Perlmonks deal with Plagiarism?
by LanceDeeply (Chaplain) on Oct 13, 2006 at 19:57 UTC
    Node rep / XP penalty calc:
    After node has been 'considered' plagiarised:
    Node Rep = - Abs(Node Rep) Author XP -= Abs(Node Rep)
    Any future votes for the node bring down the node rep.

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