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https://stackoverflow.com/tags/epsilon/info - this wiki was totally empty. Neither the excerpt nor the body had a letter. So I devised both.
And was accused of plagiarism "just because". There obviously is no "prior art" that i supposedly just copypasted, as I typed it from my head.
I am not speaking of the overall quality of the edit and whether it is worse than nothing - that is for another question, this one is strictly about plagiarism
That is bad because:
- That is an insult. It is not good when people may insult others just because they felt like it.
- Person being accused should have a way to ask accuser to at least substantiate his claim or revoke it.
- "Plagiarism" here works as a cheap way to put veto without thinking of reasons and at the same time prohibiting other reviewers from doing more thoughtful evaluation.
- If the baseless insult is a community-approved way, then that would discourage any attempt to compose an genuine text or make edits at all. It just feels as being suddenly raided by trolls that can not be argued with (and there really is no way at Stack Exchange to argue). So next time why risk it?
I think that piracy and plagiarism are rather strong insults and must not go without the substantiation, just because it was a lazy way to press buttons.
If a person wants to reject some contribution for reasons like plagiarism or license violation, I think it should be mandatory that Stack Exchange site requests him to back his claim and explicitly name what the pirated/plagiarized source was.
It is not matter of taste or habit - it is a public accusation of crime or dishonesty on their part. Just because it felt easy lazy way to press "no" is not enough to commit insults.
- If a person is sure about his claim that that act had taken place - it would be easy to him to show the original source and/or original license and key in few words.
- If he does not bother to spend few seconds in Google, then he does not has standing to make accusations like plagiarism/piracy.
PS. There is an answer suggesting that the reason of rejections just does not matter and it is normal when it is selected at random. If so - then there should not be insulting reasons. Accusations of piracy/plagiarism should be just removed from the list of canned responses then, if it is okay to throw a dice when rejecting.