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

Ms. N Ms. N
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Originally posted by Llewey
I transferred a plagiarized review to an admin this morning, commenting with the link to the stolen review. It seems to have "eaten" one of my three daily reviews. If that's the case, let me get this straight...
I make double-sure ... More
When you were notified by Sammi that you were chosen as an editor for this rotation, you should have received an email from her, most likely dated April 28th. In the 5th paragraph, she has written the following:

If you feel that a review is too filled with mistakes, it should either be sent back to the reviewer for revision with comments, or (for now) email me while you still have the review, with the task #, reviewer name, and review title, so I can take a look at it. If you suspect a review has been plagiarized, you should email me, while you still have the review, with this same information, as well as where the review has been copied from. If you send me this information, and keep ahold of the review, you will get 250 points (manually added). (Please note: normally, you would “submit to administrator”, and then email me. This function currently is not working, so until I let you know, please DO NOT submit to administrator. This puts the review into draft status and sends it back to the reviewer, and I cannot see what’s going on with it!)

If you are not receiving emails from Sammi, you should check your spam folder. Sammi is very helpful and open to questions, so be sure to take advantage of her assistance!
05/13/2013
Llewey Llewey
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Originally posted by Ms. N
When you were notified by Sammi that you were chosen as an editor for this rotation, you should have received an email from her, most likely dated April 28th. In the 5th paragraph, she has written the following:

If you feel that a review is ... More
Ahh, okay! I forgot about that being mentioned. Thanks for reminding me. I'm all set now.
05/14/2013
PassionCpl PassionCpl
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Originally posted by SydneyScreams
Ya know, I really thought plagiarism was a college thing. Sad to see it going on here!!
It's everywhere! Even at high political levels. The German defence minister (previously voted Germany's most popular politician) had to resign a couple of years back after it turned out he plagiarised his PhD thesis. Germany's minister of education and research Annette Schavan also resigned just this February after being accused of plagiarising her 1980 dissertation. Same goes for the Hungarian President just last year who apparently plagiarised part of his PhD work too. I'm pretty sure there are more too.

And I agree that the increased points for reviews here on EF is likely to mean even more plagiarism.
05/14/2013
FieryRed FieryRed
Hi! What's the current procedure when we come across a review with plagiarized material in it?
05/31/2013
Ms. N Ms. N
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Originally posted by FieryRed
Hi! What's the current procedure when we come across a review with plagiarized material in it?
The best thing to do right now is to A) Edit the title to add that it is plagiarized, or "do not publish," B) Post a note at the bottom saying where it is copied from (give the web address or addresses), and then C) Send a PM to Stormy with the Task number, name of the review, username of the person who submitted the review, and again, where it is copied from.

(DO NOT HIT THE "SEND TO ADMINISTRATOR" BUTTON - it is broken, and the review will wind up back with the reviewer.)

After that, you should be able to release it back to the task market, and hopefully, our fellow editors will leave it there for Stormy to take care of.

05/31/2013
FieryRed FieryRed
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Originally posted by Ms. N
The best thing to do right now is to A) Edit the title to add that it is plagiarized, or "do not publish," B) Post a note at the bottom saying where it is copied from (give the web address or addresses), and then C) Send a PM to Stormy with ... More
Sorry about that--I wasn't clear! I'm not an editor, and was just wondering about plagiarized material in a review I'd randomly come across.
06/01/2013
Ms. N Ms. N
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Originally posted by FieryRed
Sorry about that--I wasn't clear! I'm not an editor, and was just wondering about plagiarized material in a review I'd randomly come across.
Ha! Sorry...in that case, send Stormy the links for both the review and the place from which you believe the review was plagiarized.
06/01/2013
Ansley Ansley
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Originally posted by Ms. N
Ha! Sorry...in that case, send Stormy the links for both the review and the place from which you believe the review was plagiarized.
Yep, yep. I know what FieryRed is specifically asking about, so all is good.
06/01/2013
Mikemanz Mikemanz
Still waiting for the bounty points for the umpteen plagiarized reviews I've submitted....


06/01/2013
Ms. N Ms. N
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Originally posted by Mikemanz
Still waiting for the bounty points for the umpteen plagiarized reviews I've submitted....


I have not gotten any since Sammi left. You might PM Stormy to ask about it.
06/01/2013
Castielskitten Castielskitten
I never realized people did that on here...o_o That's horrible. Us reviewers take time out of our day to write up a good review for people for these products >_<. If I ever find a review that has my wording in it...I probably won't be a angel...
06/01/2013
Geogeo Geogeo
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Originally posted by Mikemanz
Still waiting for the bounty points for the umpteen plagiarized reviews I've submitted....


Same here. Found two published reviews that were plagiarized that I sent to the Forum Moderator weeks ago.
06/01/2013
Rossie Rossie
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Originally posted by Ansley
Yep, yep. I know what FieryRed is specifically asking about, so all is good.
Stormy, sorry for bugging you - I just wanted to remind you again, to check out the plagiarized reviews that I've reported to the Forum Moderator on May 10 and May 13 - they're still out there.
06/01/2013
SydneyScreams SydneyScreams
Question...

If someone uses the exact same text in all their reviews on one material (ie, describing silicone's material), is that plagiarism of themselves?

In college we could get in trouble for plagiarism of our own work, hence my asking...
06/03/2013
Ms. N Ms. N
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Originally posted by SydneyScreams
Question...

If someone uses the exact same text in all their reviews on one material (ie, describing silicone's material), is that plagiarism of themselves?

In college we could get in trouble for plagiarism of our own work, hence my asking...
Technically speaking, yes, they are plagiarizing themselves. I've had this come up before, and Sammi told me that it is definitely something that should be corrected. If you run across this in editing, it would be appropriate to send it back to the reviewer with a note that they need to reword the section in question. It is a little trickier if it is in published reviews...I would ask Stormy her thoughts on that.
06/03/2013
FieryRed FieryRed
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Originally posted by Ansley
Yep, yep. I know what FieryRed is specifically asking about, so all is good.
Wait, you do? How did you figure it out? I haven't sent it over yet! I will be seriously amazed at your psychic powers...or powers of deduction...
06/04/2013
SydneyScreams SydneyScreams
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Originally posted by Ms. N
Technically speaking, yes, they are plagiarizing themselves. I've had this come up before, and Sammi told me that it is definitely something that should be corrected. If you run across this in editing, it would be appropriate to send it back to ... More
Thanks for the advice. I popped Stormy over a message asking for clarification before I reported the reviewer I noticed it with
06/05/2013
Ms. N Ms. N
Bumping this for the new editors!

Also, in addition to running lines through Google, here are three free plagiarism checkers:

1) The Plagiarism Checker - It will check about 8 phrases, and if it is a long review, it won't reach the end of it.

2) Check for Plagiarism - Better in that it will check phrases through to the end of the review. It will add a note saying "Existing" or a specific link if it finds something suspicious.

3) Plagiarisma.net - The best, in my opinion, at catching bits that have been published before. It can be used with Google (if you register), Babylon, or Yahoo! It also supplies links.

One thing about these sites though - just because it turns something up does not necessarily make it plagiarism. If you check the links, the phrase might be to something completely unrelated. Use your own judgement in that case.
06/14/2013
Nykatron Nykatron
I can't believe people do this! It is so disrespectful.
06/14/2013
PropertyOfPotter PropertyOfPotter
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Originally posted by Ms. N
Bumping this for the new editors!

Also, in addition to running lines through Google, here are three free plagiarism checkers:

1) The Plagiarism Checker - It will check about 8 phrases, and if it is a long review, it won't reach the ... More
Thank you for this post! Super helpful!
06/15/2013
FieryRed FieryRed
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Originally posted by Ms. N
Bumping this for the new editors!

Also, in addition to running lines through Google, here are three free plagiarism checkers:

1) The Plagiarism Checker - It will check about 8 phrases, and if it is a long review, it won't reach the ... More
Oh my--I just checked my spam folder, and saw that I'm now an editor! Nice! Of course, this WOULD happen when I just got a freelance writing job...but I'll find time to edit, too, I will!
06/15/2013
TJax TJax
I'm sure there is some amount of plagiarism, but how do we know they didn't write one review and post it to several different websites?

Pasting stuff from the manufacturer's site is one thing, but as some have noted, writing a review is difficult and takes time. I would totally past my same review to multiple places if there was any other site I might like to post to.
06/15/2013
Ms. N Ms. N
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Originally posted by TJax
I'm sure there is some amount of plagiarism, but how do we know they didn't write one review and post it to several different websites?

Pasting stuff from the manufacturer's site is one thing, but as some have noted, writing a ... More
If you post a review in more than one place, even if you wrote 100% of it, it still counts as plagiarizing yourself. It is the same as if you turned in a research paper for one class in college, and then turned it in to a different professor in a different class later in your career. You have plagiarized yourself.

There is a way, visible when you are choosing how to post your review, to post your review to your own blog. When that is done, the main text of the review is shown on the blog, while here on Eden, the reviewer adds additional comments to the Experience section.

There is a right way and a wrong way to do things. Plagiarism is very, very wrong.
06/15/2013
melissa1973 melissa1973
Oh damn there should be a way to do a perm-block the plagiarizers ipaddress. I hate it when people are to lazy to do their own work, I haven't been in rotation in a while but it is good to know what to look for and where to look in the event that I get back in.
06/15/2013
Ms. N Ms. N
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Originally posted by melissa1973
Oh damn there should be a way to do a perm-block the plagiarizers ipaddress. I hate it when people are to lazy to do their own work, I haven't been in rotation in a while but it is good to know what to look for and where to look in the event that ... More
Honestly, they don't have to be blocked. Just take away their ability to make points off of reviews, and their plagiarizing days at EF are over.
06/15/2013
FieryRed FieryRed
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Originally posted by Ms. N
Honestly, they don't have to be blocked. Just take away their ability to make points off of reviews, and their plagiarizing days at EF are over.
I am so fully in agreement with this.
06/16/2013
FieryRed FieryRed
This is a little off-topic, but did I see something about upping the review-edits-per-day limit to five?
06/17/2013
Ms. N Ms. N
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Originally posted by FieryRed
This is a little off-topic, but did I see something about upping the review-edits-per-day limit to five?
Right now, it's just talk between editors. Stormy had asked, but the programmers indicate it is a lot of trouble. But we will see what happens...stay tuned!
06/17/2013
Ms. N Ms. N
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Originally posted by Ms. N
Right now, it's just talk between editors. Stormy had asked, but the programmers indicate it is a lot of trouble. But we will see what happens...stay tuned!
For now, it looks like Stormy has put on her editing hat and is trying to help us out with some of the backlog herself.
06/17/2013
FieryRed FieryRed
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Originally posted by Ms. N
For now, it looks like Stormy has put on her editing hat and is trying to help us out with some of the backlog herself.
I see, thanks! I asked because once I figured out how to view the list (thanks to SMichelle), I blew through my three very quickly, and would have been happy to do more. I totally understand, though, that if the programming to change it is a big, involved thing, then it wouldn't be worth it for a temporary change.
06/17/2013
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