• If one notices an AB'er "plagiarising" it would be kind of hard to point it out to them though? Perhaps asking politely if the information was "sourced" and asking for the reference site. I usually quote the source, and put the quoted material in inverted commas to make it obvious that its not my own material. Images are okay though (I hope) I like posting pics but never quote where I got them :-) x
  • If you feel that a serious situation of plagerism has taken place, send a link to the person/source you feel is being plagerised and give a quick summary of how you feel about it. Keep in mind that I don't think copy and pasting on a website like AB is going to be taken seriously as plagerism. But that is not for me to decide.
  • If I recognize the source,in someone's answer, I will say "You can see the rest of this quote here....." in the comments, or "Oh, yes, so and so said it very well didn't he".
  • The only time I would care about plagiarism in an Answerbag answer is if the answerer also said in the answer "I did not plagiarize anything just now. This is all me." or something to the effect. It doesn't bother me any other way really (and how often does THAT even happen?). I know that I don't always cite my sources. Sometimes I will summarize a source and then link to it, but that's as far as I go. Most of my factual answers come from memory anyway, so I can't really cite that. I don't think of it as a big deal.
  • Only if you are obviously passing it off as your own wit and knowledge. But one should think to include it out of courtesy.
  • I dont know...but I've seen people lift an entirely incorrect answer from somewhere and post it as their own on a subject I actually know something about. I call em on it. Ha...its fun.
  • Guilty as charged. Feel free to drag me off to the local dungeon in leg irons. (a good moderator should earn points for noticing such details.)
  • Anytime you quote directly from another's work without giving the original author credit you are committing plagiarism and it is wrong. Being an educator, I consider this to be very serious. Plagiarism is steeling another person's intellectual work and then trying to take credit for it. Whether it be here or in a school paper or somewhere else. It is taking credit that one does not deserve. Out in the real world, plagiarism can get one expelled from school and fired from a job. So, yes plagiarism is taken very seriously. So, it is a good idea to always cite your sources so that the person who wrote it gets credit and people don't think that you are dishonest. Oh and someone else mentioned that he/she cites his/her sources in the comments to an answer. You should not do this either. If you get more than three comments on an answer, then your comment with the sources will get pushed off the screen when it is shown on the page of all answers to the question. Put the citations in the answer itself. That way there will be no confusion as to who wrote it.
  • Yes. It's considered plagiarism if you don't give credit where credit is due. What do I do? Well .. uh .. I probably pass on by 100% of the time.
  • When and if I copy/paste from a website, I always leave the corresponding link, it is the right thing to do. It would be nice to have a source box that could pop out when necessary when clicking a little something. It is important to mention that those answers are the least appreciated. In certain cases like Social Sciences it is important to provide a backup link to prove the accuracy of your post. When I see a post without a source on a serious issue, I usually ask for their source and say I will answer when I am able to read the source, yet again it is not appreciated. Regards.
  • Strictly speaking, this is probably a gray area, since users don't profit from submissions. That aside, personally, I think trying to pass someone else's work off as yours is cheap and unethical. It's not the worst online crime someone can commit, true, but it's light-years from honest and above-board. If you go to the trouble of copying and pasting the material, you ought to be able to copy and paste a URL from your browser's address bar. How hard is that? Give credit where credit is due. If you didn't write it, let people know who did. That's just common courtesy. When I see that on AB, I post the link in a comment under the answer. Some people are cool about it, some, less so. Some get downright nasty. Their reactions, however, are not my concern.
  • I cite my sources, but I am sure I don't do it 100% of the time. Although, I never say that the two paragraphs I just posted are my own words.
  • You can simply remind them, I forget to do it, so I am not going to get on anyones case for it.
  • I forget sometimes, then again I'm not out here stealing identities yo...
  • I don't really care either way. If it is put out on the net, then it is understood that someone will eventually cut and paste it.
  • I don't give a rats hiney about plagiarism! Only prissy school teachers and college professors think it is the gateway drug to serial killing! Fortunately I don't give a rats hiney about what they think either. So-called scientists have stolen each others work (and credit) countless times through the centuries....where is the prissy outrage over that? MIA!
  • Plagiarism is using someone else's intellectual property and passing it off as your own. Not citing the author when using a quote isn't necessarily plagiarism. Some authors are not popular figures among those who support the popular narrative. Not being "popular" has nothing to do with the accuracy of the quote itself. This is especially true in this day and age where unpopular speech is deemed racist or otherwise unsupportive of a political agenda. Including an author's name, in this case, will sink the ship before it ever leaves the harbor.

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