Editors - PLEASE search for plagiarism in every review you edit!

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Editors - PLEASE search for plagiarism in every review you edit!

Ms. N Ms. N
I have found and transferred to the administrators eight plagiarized reviews in the past twelve days! It's more than the number of honestly written reviews I have been able to edit and publish in the same amount of time (seven)!

It has gotten ridiculous, the number of people who are trying to cheat EF out of a few dollars by copy/pasting other people's work here. It is extremely unethical, and as someone who does write every word of every review that I publish, I think it is downright despicable. I think all of the rest of the honest reviewers would say the same.

Editors - Every time you take a review from the task market, take just a few minutes to highlight two or three sentences of text in a few of the paragraphs, right click on your mouse, and click on "Search google for..." It really doesn't take more than that, and it can save you the time of editing someone's theft of intellectual property - that is what plagiarism is, after all. Theft. If you find that it is plagiarized, transfer it to the administrators.

If you will email Sammi the task number, the name of the review, and the "author's" name, you will be awarded 100 points for transferring the review. It is an insult to all of us if we let these people profit from their thievery.

Another hint that the review is plagiarized: often, the grammar and spelling are much better in the review section than in the summary (which the thief had to write for himself or herself).

I realize these are strong words, but I do feel strongly about this. If you agree with me, make sure you check every single review that you edit!
12/14/2012
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Sammi Sammi
Thanks, Ms. N! I appreciate all of the reviews that you and other editors have been sending in.

Editors, please take the time to check, and if you find plagiarism, please send the reviews in to admin and then send me the information noted above.
12/14/2012
deltalima deltalima
Quote:
Originally posted by Ms. N
I have found and transferred to the administrators eight plagiarized reviews in the past twelve days! It's more than the number of honestly written reviews I have been able to edit and publish in the same amount of time (seven)!

It has ...
Wow, this is interesting to know.
12/15/2012
GONE! GONE!
It's horrible that anyone would try that. This is really important.
12/15/2012
js250 js250
I completely agree with you, Ms. N!!

Great work and thank you for being so thorough. The rest of us who do the work, word for word, appreciate your diligence in protecting the community!!

HUGS!!
12/15/2012
AliMc AliMc
It takes a lot of effort to write up a review. I would be so gutted if someone stole something I wrote and didn't credit me for it.
12/15/2012
- Kira - - Kira -
I don't edit, but thanks for taking the time to search for this type of thing. It's so upsetting to work so hard and then get your writing stolen.
12/15/2012
Lildrummrgurl7 Lildrummrgurl7
Thank you for going through all of that trouble. I'm not an editor and I've still found multiple plagiarized reviews by just reading the newest reviews. It's really frustrating and upsetting, especially when it's YOUR review that has been copied.
12/16/2012
phoenixfire phoenixfire
Completely dishonest. You're right, Ms N, this does make me angry as a reviewer. I work far too hard on each review I do to let people get away with this. So glad there is a way to address it, and also to reward the people who catch the behavior. What happens to someone who is caught plagiarizing? I am not an editor, but if I ever choose to become one I will consider it a major responsibility to try to catch this. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.
12/17/2012
Girly Juice Girly Juice
Yeah, I've been finding a lot of them too So stupid that so many people think they can get away with this, and that it's okay.
12/19/2012
sktb0007 sktb0007
BUMP
12/25/2012
travelnurse travelnurse
Thanks for the info!
12/25/2012
travelnurse travelnurse
I just tried that and what a great feature, thanks again.
12/25/2012
Apirka Apirka
Can't believe I didn't see this post before because I'm shocked at the number of plagiarized and downright fake reviews I've seen just looking at the newest reviews published in any given day.

Also, I sent a review link on to an admin with competitor info in it. It wasn't that long ago that I was an editor and knew that that was a big no no. Sheesh.

Now if only the annoying emoticons in reviews would be deleted...
12/25/2012
charmedtomeetyou charmedtomeetyou
Thanks for getting the message out there...this is an important issue.

How sad that people do this....
12/26/2012
Mwar Mwar
During my rotation I noticed quite a few reviews where they copied and pasted the product info form the manufacturers site. You can almost always tell because it doesn't sound like something a person types in a review, let alone a normal sentence.

As Ms. N said, typing into google is the way to go. When you send it off to the admin, be sure to include the link to the page you think it was plagiarized from.
12/27/2012
shySEXXaddict shySEXXaddict
Quote:
Originally posted by Ms. N
I have found and transferred to the administrators eight plagiarized reviews in the past twelve days! It's more than the number of honestly written reviews I have been able to edit and publish in the same amount of time (seven)!

It has ...
I agree....sooo wrong! I dont do editing but I hope you guys weed them out.EF is generous to people and dont deserve that!
12/28/2012
RomanticGoth RomanticGoth
Wow! I had no idea this was happening here on EF!
12/28/2012
Beck Beck
Quote:
Originally posted by Apirka
Can't believe I didn't see this post before because I'm shocked at the number of plagiarized and downright fake reviews I've seen just looking at the newest reviews published in any given day.

Also, I sent a review link on to ...
I'm pretty sure no emoiticons is in the rules of editing....

Right from your guidelines:

LOL, LMAO, LMFAO, OMG, etc.
Chatspeak acronyms are fine on the forums, but are less welcome in articles. LOL (and company) are not acceptable forms of punctuation and should be replaced with the appropriate punctuation when needed or simply deleted from the sentence.

Example: “I thought this toy was so cool LOL It looked just like a whale LOL”

The Fix: “I thought this toy was so cool! It looked just like a whale.”

, etc.
Emoticons are a great way to express emotions online or to diffuse awkward situations, but they’re not so great in reviews. Treat them the same way you would the LOL’s.

Example: “This vibe is so discreet; you could take it on an airplane with you

The Fix: “This vibe is so discreet; you could take it on an airplane with you.”
12/28/2012
sunkissedJess sunkissedJess
I've found reviews taken straight from the Descriptive Review on the product page. So you should always check those too.
12/28/2012
Beck Beck
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Originally posted by phoenixfire
Completely dishonest. You're right, Ms N, this does make me angry as a reviewer. I work far too hard on each review I do to let people get away with this. So glad there is a way to address it, and also to reward the people who catch the ...
When someone is caught it's very case by case. If the person is new and only copied a little...they are usually given a warning after the review is taken down. I know I had a student who copied a small amount from another review. And they were told 3 strikes until she would be banned. However, I'm sure it's different for those who try to copy an entire reviews and more than one.
12/28/2012
Apirka Apirka
Quote:
Originally posted by Beck
I'm pretty sure no emoiticons is in the rules of editing....

Right from your guidelines:

LOL, LMAO, LMFAO, OMG, etc.
Chatspeak acronyms are fine on the forums, but are less welcome in articles. LOL (and company) are not ...
Yup, it's against the rules/guidelines. Yet I doubt many editors have actually READ those guidelines. I know I read through them at least three times BEFORE I even proofread my first review as an editor. Many others just seem to want to get the points without looking to see what they're actually editing for.
12/28/2012
Apirka Apirka
BUMP!

EDITORS, PLEASE! TAKE A MINUTE AND DO THE GOOGLE SEARCH FOR PLAGIARIZED REVIEWS!!! I saw five go through within minutes (and by the same contributor), and yes, I reported them.

Seriously, you care more about getting those damn points than helping stop douches from fucking over the system?! Fake/plagiarized reviews and scammers piss me off because I work my ass off on my own reviews (which I've had stolen)...it's to the point where I don't even want to come on here anymore, I don't even want to write reviews - and I barely have - if so many others get ahead by stealing. I don't even recommend this place to people anymore. What's the point?
12/29/2012
Apirka Apirka
Quote:
Originally posted by Apirka
BUMP!

EDITORS, PLEASE! TAKE A MINUTE AND DO THE GOOGLE SEARCH FOR PLAGIARIZED REVIEWS!!! I saw five go through within minutes (and by the same contributor), and yes, I reported them.

Seriously, you care more about getting those damn ...
BUMP!
12/30/2012
Ms. N Ms. N
Quote:
Originally posted by Apirka
Yup, it's against the rules/guidelines. Yet I doubt many editors have actually READ those guidelines. I know I read through them at least three times BEFORE I even proofread my first review as an editor. Many others just seem to want to get the ...
Yes, Aprika...I remember reading the guidelines before I ever made editor...I think before I had even written my first review! I think everyone should read them often if they are involved in the review process at all, whether reviewer or editor.

For the reviewers who do break the rules, I always send the link to the guidelines to them (by using the comment section at the end of the page - where it says "All messages will be visible to the contributor, administrator and future mentors of this student, if any"). I think every editor should do so. If a reviewer has not read the editorial guidelines, and no one tells them why it is inappropriate, then once they get to the point of editing their own reviews, they will continue to put in those LOLs and happy faces, simply because they don't know any better.
12/30/2012
Ms. N Ms. N
Quote:
Originally posted by Apirka
BUMP!

EDITORS, PLEASE! TAKE A MINUTE AND DO THE GOOGLE SEARCH FOR PLAGIARIZED REVIEWS!!! I saw five go through within minutes (and by the same contributor), and yes, I reported them.

Seriously, you care more about getting those damn ...
Thanks for keeping this current, Apirka!

I find it disheartening too, but I hope that you will keep writing your reviews (which are always top notch) and not let the plagiarizers drive you away.
12/30/2012
XYCopperheadSly XYCopperheadSly
I commend you for your diligence, Ms. N. I'm not annoyed by others getting points (that they don't deserve) so much as I'm concerned with Eden getting clogged up with useless reviews and other reviewers being stolen from. Thank you for your good work
12/30/2012
LoooveMonkey LoooveMonkey
Man, that would make me so mad. I try not to even read other people's reviews on that particular item or give myself some time between having read them and writing mine up to be sure it's original.
12/30/2012
indiglo indiglo
Another friendly bump.
12/30/2012
sktb0007 sktb0007
Bump. Seems to be a lot of plagerized reviews published today.
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