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Did you really write that?!

Ok... I have a complaint that really makes me angry. I can't stand it when agents (or anyone else who is representing themselves as an authority on a topic) simply copies an article from some other source and calls it their own on their blog.The really good ones will go back a few years so that it can just be recycled but not remembered. In my opinion, these "authorities" can't comment on a topic in their own words because they aren't smart enough to write that way, don't know enough about the topic, and/or too vain to give credit where it's due. I'd love to call them out on their own blogs! "Wow! I remember reading this in 2010 on anyrealestatewebsite.com!" Just saying...
  • October 01 2013 - US
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I agree..it seems to happen more often than it should ;) and thank you for bringing it up

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  • October 01 2013
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Plagiarism is alive and well on the internet.  Even in the MLS. 

Some agents take on an expired listing and re-use the prior agents photos.  Maybe they add a couple of their own or eliminate one or two of the original ones. 
  • October 01 2013
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I think that is one aspect of real estate, or sales for that matter, that I dislike. Some people's overwhelming need to present one's self as more or better than what one is in order to impress the public. 
  • October 01 2013
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Many who are choosing to plagiarize on the internet are discovering themselves in legal trouble, so, even though some of us learned about the no nos of plagiarism at a young age there are some who never learned or cared.

A local Jr. High principal was recently telling me about a computer scan of all submitted work.  Essays etc are screened for plagiarism before they even gets to the teachers' eyes.  If there is obvious plagiarism, it is bounced back to the student.  
  • October 01 2013
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I rarely bounced them back to the students. Almost always it resulted in a 0 if it was their final draft because there was always plenty of warning. Call me strict! It was pretty easy to tell if it was their writing. Adults aren't that different. It takes no time to copy/paste a few sentences into a google search and there you go! I don't think the local mls polices that though. 
  • October 01 2013
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Well, newspapers do it, and they say it's okay so long as you provide attribution. Or as I always say, This above all: to thine ownself be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.

Oh, wait - that's in the public domain. Oh well!
  • October 01 2013
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Yea, I had to copy word for word out of the encyclopedia (how many even know what that is) back in my school days. Today it's search, cut and paste. I could have gotten more A's that way.   :-)
  • October 02 2013
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In the days that many elementary school kids did copy from the encyclopedia, it was pretty difficult to follow up on "plagiarism" and "source citing".

But what they wanted to teach you was not only "how to look things up", but also how to properly cite ones sources.

Apparently, many didn't learn it, and still refuse to learn it.  One District Superintendent here was caught red-handed copying a speech word for word, and not referencing the source...  The district still had to pay him a severance pay for "doing no work" as they wouldn't let him do his job after that.

It is much harder to get away with plagiarism now, even copying from a students from a different school year... plenty of plagiarism checking software out there, and students not only "FAIL" the paper when they do so, the get EXPELLED from the school!  (OK, the public schools are not allowed to "Expel", but it is still an "F" on the paper....)

But a simple work around that the plagiarism software can't detect?

Google has a pretty decent automatic translator website:
https://translate.google.com/

You run it through once to translate to a different language of your choice.

Then you run it through again to translate it back... (Round Trip, or "back translation"... Mark Twain did that with some of his work).

Then you proofread it cleaning it up so that it still reads correctly and doesn't have a substantially different meaning.

As plagiarism software is looking for "consecutive words" and "phrases" that are the same, the double translation does a sufficient paraphrase to remove most of the identical sentences.


Still, it would be a lot easier to just reference (cite) ones sources properly in the first place.

Didn't they make you fill out those "bibliography cards"?  And now you don't even need to do them on cards... just paste them into your laptop in word, notepad, excel or whatever is convenient.  Or send yourself an Email from your phone.
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