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Old 11-15-2007, 12:24 PM   #1
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Default [SOLVED] questions on ethical posting in WI

I recently stumbled upon a WI user that seems to be cut-n-pasting tips from elsewhere without mentioning that the tips actually were written by someone else. Most know that this form of plagiarism, anonymous sourcing, is generally frowned upon and is listed in the please-don’t-do-this section of the Forum Rules.

I know how to report an individual post (by clicking the little red flag) and that it is generally better to report a post than PM’ing a mod, but what about when there are several posts by the same user? Is there an easier way than reporting each one? In my case, I didn’t notice that the person was indeed plagiarizing until I looked at several of their posts. Although I poked around in all the subforums & FAQs, it wasn’t clear to me the best way to handle this.

My plan: I think I should report one of the individual posts and then just mention the other also possibly plagiarized posts in the report (?).

So, my two questions:
1) is this the proper etiquette?
2) did I do the right thing by not posting directly in these (possibly) plagiarized posts? I must say I was tempted to add a comment like “This might be a great tip, but is it your tip? If is not, please give credit where credit is due!” but this seemed too rude. Is there a way to say this more gently, so that other WI users aren’t thanking the wrong person but that the original poster isn’t embarrassed? Or is just the mods’ job to handle it?

: ) Thanks for any clarification on the right thing to do!
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Old 11-15-2007, 12:27 PM   #2
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Default Re: questions on ethical posting in WI

Hi Jillian,

Feel free to report the individual posts. However, if you see multiple offenses by the same person, simply PM one of the Moderators or Administrators and explain what you have uncovered. They will handle it for you.

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