Its nice to see SqlServerCentral taking responsibility and dealing
with plagarism in a straight-forward manner. Hopefully something bad is
happening to Kalpesh Thaker, the mentioned plagarist.
Steve mentions about doing full-text searches. I’ve read in
the past that colleges are doing this type of very thing to fight
plagarism and duplicated term papers and essays submitted by
students. But what kind of resources are required? What
type of matches are required? Is it a ratio of matched
words:total words per page when doing searches? What qualifies as
plagarism? Total complete copies, or do partial copies
qualify? If partial copys qualify, what is the percentage of
copied material that qualifies text as plagarism?
These are questions I’m asking myself and would like your
input. What type of plagarism search solutions are out
there? I’m sure some of you in CS departments might be more
aware, since I know that there are colleges that check this kind of
stuff. What can be done from SqlServerCentral’s capabilities to
help them out to avoid these types of things in the future? How
are other publishing companies dealing with this? If you’re a
book author, how does your publisher, like Wrox, check for plagarism?
I occasionally post code, like this one here,
that I didn’t write. But I never, ever fail to mention who the
author is. I don’t understand the purpose in taking credit for
somebody else’s work. I would not like somebody else taking
credit for my work, although I don’t go out looking to see if it
happening. Not a big deal to me if somebody copies my stuff, but
yeah, I would like credit where credit is due.
Some topics, code samples etc are fairly generic, and have been
written the same way by 100s of people. Those don’t really
count. Aircode shouldn’t
count. Articles, complex pieces of code, like the sql example I
gave, those should definately count as having been either original work
of your own, or have credit given to the original authors ora
bibliography or footnotes associated with them.