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Questions tagged [plagiarism]

Taking chunks from a source and letting no one know about it as you pass it off as your own.

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Implications of the Help Center: “Plagiarism doesn't matter unless it's an answer”

When you actually read what's written in the Help Center, it strongly implies that only answers need to give attribution (see added emphasis): Plagiarism - posting the work of others with no ...
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Should the user's name be shown as part of review audits, or some other non-confusing alternative?

I was shown the below answer as part of "First Post" reviews. https://stackoverflow.com/a/52477657/9134487 The name was shown as a different user, with a recent timestamp, and with 0 upvotes. Though,...
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Is it rude to say “stolen from here”?

When I'm answering a question (not a duplicate one), I often copy-paste some contents from another answer and also provide the link to that answer. I think adding the link itself contradicts stealing, ...
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Is it allowed to directly copy paste a meta post from one of the network sites to another?

Every now and then when I'm crawling through meta sites, I come across a post brilliantly written, addressing a common issue. Cross posting as such is not permittable on the main sites, but can I copy ...
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Mod flag for plagiarism [duplicate]

If I raise a moderator flag pointing out blatant plagiarism, and the OP deletes the post (perhaps because of downvotes, or because someone points out the plagiarism), what happens? Does a moderator ...
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Question deleted as soon as it is answered

We have recently run into some questionable behavior on Mathoverflow: occasional users asked a question, it received a valid answer, and then the question was deleted immediately before the answer had ...
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What is the proper way to give credit to an indirectly used source (bibliography)?

I like to know the proper way to give credit to another answer or a source (bibliography). Especially when we used them indirectly. When answering a question especially on Stack Overflow, we might ...
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Can't flag for moderators while suspended, when plagiarism goes on

I'm suspended on Stack Overflow for a while so I can't post a comment to flag for attention of the mods on Stack Overflow. Not sure how to deal with it. The reply here is a copy of one I've got about ...
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User copying questions to other forums, then copying replies back to the original question

There seems to be a user who copies questions to a different forum, then collects the answers there and posts them back to the original question. Is this accepted behaviour? If not, what could we do ...
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Do we have a policy about self-plagiarism?

The FAQ entry on plagiarism currently says In the context of Stack Exchange sites, any copying and pasting of any amount of text or code that wasn't written by you is plagiarism if you try, ...
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Question copied from pay-for-answer Q&A site

There are several Q&A sites/networks out there where users can post questions and offer a monetary reward for the answer. What should we do with questions that are well-phrased and on-topic, but ...
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Flag plagiarism on OP-deleted post?

Periodically (including just now) I'll come across plagiarism where the post has been downvoted, commented on calling out the plagiarism, and subsequently deleted by the OP. (In this case — ...
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Do questions about jokes need to provide attribution?

A recent question on the English Language and Usage site brought up a part of the site attribution policy that I think is unclear. https://meta.stackexchange.com//help/referencing lays out the basic ...
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Specific instance plagiarism of work found on Stack Exchange site where I cannot flag

Around a year ago I posted on the Wolfram Community. The post contained text pictures and some Mathematica code. This morning a colleague alerted me to the fact that the entire contents of this post ...
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How many plagiarism flags are allowed to be taken by a user?

A couple of weeks ago, I flagged a post as plagiarism; this flag was marked as "helpful". Yesterday when speaking with a friend, he told me he flagged the same user for the same reason but on another ...
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Should I flag for comment restoration? [closed]

A user is accusing me of plagiarizing their comment as my answer. We both posted relatively the same comment within 30 seconds. My comment had a functional example though and the OP told me to posted ...
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How should copied content be formatted in tag wikis?

How should copied content be formatted when editing tag wikis?
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Should I revise my answers based on comments? If so, how to properly attribute?

Sometimes, I will post an answer which works relatively well but then a comment suggests a slightly better, more concise, etc. approach (e.g. julia select all but one element in array/matrix). What ...
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Do I need to quote zero-width spaces that I copied from Wikipedia?

Note: After posting this question here, I figured out how to view the moderator's comment to my answer, but I still haven't managed to view any of the other comments to the answer of mine I'm talking ...
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How to handle a question that copies another one, yet is not a dupe

As from query title, I have found a question that is almost a word-by-word copy of another question, yet is not marked as a dupe. 2010: Custom List Template ID - asked Jan 29 '14 at 10:03 How to get ...
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How can SEDE be utilized to find potential plagiarism on Stack Exchange sites?

This is a cross-post from How can SEDE be utilized to find potential plagiarism on Stack Overflow? Although it was written with Stack Overflow in mind, the tools and techniques involved should be able ...
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User copied the text of an old SO question [closed]

I just answered an question and later noticied that he just copied the question text from an 5yr old question (which I used as a refference to answer his question). The title is different, the ...
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What to do if a question is crossposted from a non-StackExchange website?

This question: Are blood vessels organs? Is clearly copied from: https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080703182004AA2NPRi It sure is a good idea to ask questions and get answers, but how ...
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Sexism in conversation moderation, or, why wasn't I suspended?

Earlier today I was involved in a conversation on Stack Overflow which resulted in one user, Julia Anne Jacobs, being suspended, and another receiving a warning from a moderator. The timeline from my ...
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Is copying documentation bad?

If a question can be answered by copy-pasting a section from some documentation or other written source, is it bad to do so? Should I always try to rephrase the original content, even when it is ...
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Got another suspension?

Note: You disagree hence you will down-vote this question, but since I have accepted an answer that doesn't really make sense since it shows I accept my mistake. Well I wrote this answer and got ...
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What should moderators (or passing editors) do about suspected plagiarized or copyrighted images in posts?

I can't seem to find a canonical reference about Stack Exchange's policy regarding inclusion of images from the Internet in questions and answers. I'm not even sure whether this comes under copyright ...
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Plagiarism on tag wikis

I recently reviewed a burst of dozens of tag wiki excerpts from a single user. The rate seemed a little suspicious so I sampled a few and noticed they're completely copied from the first few lines of ...
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Does this question encourage plagiarism? [closed]

Question on Maths Stack exchange are often deleted or put on hold because the questioner doesn't provide thoughts about their attempt to solve the problem. An example is: https://math.stackexchange....
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Plagiarism is a good way to earn reputation. Combatting this after the fact?

There is a certain pattern of Stack Exchange users who habitually post plagiarized content. Some cases are easy to deal with. If the user is still pretty new, a message explaining that plagiarism is ...
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Is it OK to partially copy an answer from a Stack Exchange site to another site? [duplicate]

First scenario: Sometimes, there are off-topic questions with a bounty, which belong to another site. On the other site, the question already exists and have some answers. The person who wrote the ...
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What should I do if somebody copied an answer from another person's comment? [duplicate]

Sometimes comments are answers to the question. What should I do if somebody used the copy & paste method to write an answer which is built from comments' content? Should I mark that answer as ...
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Posting code to Stack Overflow that will be assessed by a university. Is this plagiarism?

If I post a question to Stack Overflow that contains large snippets (or the entire thing) of my code, that will be assessed by my university, does this count as plagiarism? Even though I have written ...
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How to respond to plagiarized answers [duplicate]

When I discover that an answer has been blatantly stolen from another user's answer I never know whether to comment and ask the user to delete the post or whether to flag it for moderator attention. ...
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An unresolved question on stackoverflow was rebloged by random person [duplicate]

I posted a question to Stack Overflow regarding the Android Camera API's implementation within AOSP. The question was about a custom View called PreviewFrameLayout that they use for maintaining the ...
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What is the preferred way to report mass plagiarism?

Suppose you have discovered a user account that contains a significant amount of plagiarized contributions. There are hundreds upon hundreds of answers to check, and you are willing to do that, ...
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what should we do when a user copy answer and did not mention original? [duplicate]

I know something like this has asked before What to do about Copy Cat answers? But my question is slightly different. What should we do when some user just copied the content from another answer from ...
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Plagiarism of Stackexchange content? [duplicate]

I have recently posted a question on superuser. Today, I was again searching for solutions to the problem and found this link with exactly the same content. I'm not sure if this is wanted behavior, ...
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Automatically check for Wikipedia plagiarism in case of new tag wikis

I just reverted a bunch of tag wiki edits by a ~7k rep user that just copied somewhat meaningless information from Wikipedia into various previously-empty tag wikis. I assume he simply didn't know ...
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Copy-pasting tag wikis [duplicate]

What is the policy on copy-pasting content from other sources for tag wikis? The tag wiki for dynamic-view was created a few minutes ago, but the content is just copied from the blog post announcing ...
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How to handle several instances of unattributed/plagiarized answers

What is the best way to handle instances where there are many seemingly copy-and-pasted answers from other answers that lack proper attribution? There have been several questions posted dealing with ...
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How to report sites/users that are plagiarising SO questions on other forums? [duplicate]

I did a web search for my question and found that my exact SO question was plagiarised in a forum post by someone else. My question was unique and this is clearly a plagiarism of my question. But ...
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User making tons of tag wiki edits with plagiarized content

A certain user is presently in the process of creating tons of new tags and creating tag wiki excerpts with plagiarized content. For example, this suggested edit review, which is an exact copy of this ...
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Combat plagiarism in suggested edits by alerting subsequent reviewers [duplicate]

I've been rejecting my fair share of plagiarized suggested edits, mostly tag wiki edits, on my two beta sites I'm involved in. Here's the thing: It's way to easy for them to get through. For one to ...
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A copy of a good answer as review audit

Consider this review audit. The post appears of good quality, but the expected action is not to let it through (i.e. downvote, flag or edit). The reason is that the post is actually a copy of an ...
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A comment box to verify suspected plagiarism when reviewing

I created a tag and wrote wiki content on it. It was approved, however, I notice one of the reviewers rejected it as: This edit plagiarizes content from an external source without proper ...
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Giving credit for help [closed]

How should I give credit for someone's help in writing my code when part of the code that I put together was written by someone else? I want to give them credit for their work, but I do not know how ...
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Alert reviewers when a tag wiki has already gotten reject votes for plagarism [duplicate]

After episodes like this, I think it would be good if we added a new feature to the tag wiki review page. If a user clicks Approve after the edit has already revived a "Copied Content" rejection, show ...
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What is the policy on tag wiki edits that appear to be copied from elsewhere?

I was just in the Suggested Edits queue and noticed that this user, RomanC, has been suggesting a lot of tag edits. As usual, I put the text through Google to check for plagiarism. Almost every single ...
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Can I copy content from third party sources into my SO answer?

In this post @MitchWheat commented with a link to his blog, exposing some useful content to the OP. I thought that this content would make a good answer and no answer with that content seemed to be ...