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  • on 28.11.2010
  • at 10:25 PM
  • by The Editor

Five Things about Plagiarism 3

Nov28

Some people said that imitation is the highest form of flattery. So does its evil brother, plagiarism. Waking up one morning and finding out that your work had been copied by someone without a proper credit is not the perfect way to start any day. But, this time we’ll let it pass by and just go on with a smile. Beside, we think it’s kinda cool that some people found our writings good or interesting enough, that they think it’s worth copying.

Five Things had only been around for a little over two months. During these two months, we’ve written quite a lot of articles, and received quite a friendly welcome. We’ve marked our first month’s anniversary with a good news: people do read our articles. Some even stayed to actively comment, like Brad and Rid here for instance. We’ve marked our second month with fast growing number of readers. And we think the third month will be ripe with, mmm, plagiarized content?

According to the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, to “plagiarize” means: 1. To steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one’s own, 2. To use (another’s production) without crediting the source, 3. To commit literary theft, and 4. To present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source.

Plagiarism is so broad, we think that a huge number of people that wrote stuffs on the internet had faced the same thing before. It is Five Thing’s first copied content, but for the authors themselves, it’s not the first time. And probably won’t be the last time either.

Of course, Five Things got its articles by copying other people’s works too. But we do tried to our best effort, to mention our sources. If one or two names got slipped or forgotten, it’s not intentional, and for that we are sorry.

And this is Five Things why you should always cite your source:

1. Respect

To cite your source means you respect the original author. Those who actively write knows that every single article is valuable. Imagine how much time and energy the author had spent to produce it, to write the article that you consider worth to copy. If you didn’t notify the author personally or pay a sum of money for the article, the best way to pay the author back is by citing his/her name.

2. Sharing

By sharing a link to the original article source, you have also shared knowledge to the person who will read your article later. By creating the original source accessible for your readers, you make the article more interesting and complete.

3. Reference

Sometimes you read an interesting article, but it’s not enough to satisfy your curiosity. What you usually do is tracing back the sources the author had used to create his/her articles. It’s like, when you read something in Wikipedia, and you decided to read further about a specific topic by tracing it’s original source on the bottom of the page. By citing your source, you enrich your article’s content.

4. Network

For us bloggers, getting a pingback is always a good feedback. It notified us that our work is being cited, and credited properly on other site. And, of course, it means that the other site thinks that our work is worthy to read and be shared with others. In the long run, getting other people to link and link back to you means you’ve invest your time to create a solid network. We know that sites that gets more incoming links are seen as better than the other. So, why not?

5. Flattery

If you stumble upon a great article on the internet and decided to use it, it must have because you think it’s horrible, or because it’s incredible. We will not encourage you to cite someone just to mock it, but if you decided to use it because it’s so good, let the author know. It’s your way to say, “Dude, your piece is awesome, I’m citing you, man!” Or something like that.

In general, we think that linking to the original article is, in fact, gives more positive reward than the negative one. And, as Dr. Gil Grissom said, cite your source. That’s it from Five Things. Here’s our source.

Source:

What is Plagiarism?

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There are 3 comments for this post

  1. indobrad says:

    so has any of your posts been copied without permission anywhere?

  2. The Editor says:

    Well, yeah, if I don’t, I wont write this post. ;) ) But it’s no big deal. Mine’s still rank higher, and I’m pretty productive it’ll happen sooner or later. :D

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