Posted: 29 July 2013 at 4:40am | IP Logged
My reply to that plagiarism thread, and since this thread some what deals with plagiarism I thought that maybe I should post it here, stupidity - that coupld be one of the reasons, but here goes nothing.
I think I have been a part IF since PKYEK aired, that for one is a long lost memory but in all these years, despite my hatred towards IF I think I'm fair enough to say IF is not really safe. Somewhere during March this year I did jot down fullscaps filled with notes, my aim this summer was, to maybe inprove IF a bit - get into the DT, figure something out - cause for once this place has kept me sane, no matter how insane it seemed to be. But then somewhere down the line I did realise that I didn't really care anymore, I do remember discussing this issue in the general discussion thread, and a few of those solutions you pointed out too, if not all.
Plagiarism is something we do everyday, believe it or not we do it. I never did realise that untill my best friend pointed at that fact a week ago or so. Rambling about plagiarism, I never did realise how unaware I was of it. Those paragraphs snipped off Wikipedia, for out assignments, those encyclopedias', those websites and what not. We did copy them down, paragraph to paragraph, if not word to word, and then claim that they were ours, I did.
Plagiarism to me, in non legal and simple words is talking something pulling something off or just copying something and then claiming that it's yours, I may not be dictionary right or whatever but hey it did mean the same thing.
Now coming to IF's view and what not. Tbh, they don't really care. As far as they get their views and cash comes rolling in, yep that's it. Those new rules implemented every second day, do make this place a hell hole. Seriously, if people wanted to be ordered around, politely tagged as "to maintain a certain decorum", they wouldn't be here.
When IF goes around suggesting to make posts memebers only it never does benifit anyone except them, I mean seriously, we are free users, 10 seconds does it take to make an account and view the content, all they get is like new users and there to the cash. If IF was a paid and secure site maybe I would understand the whole "members only rule" but it's not. And as far as the no copy rule goes, seriously.. it won't really work. It never will. The maximum it will ever work is till you have your net connected. The minute you disconnect it , so will you " disconnect your security"( in other words it only works till that person who so ever has a working connection, stuff can be copied when offline).
If popular literary sites like Wattpad can't provide you with protection against this evil, what's IF? seriously, that answers your question.
And as I said before I have discussed this with the FF forum DT, Krani, and someother girls out there and I have forgotten what I said. I can provide you the links if my memory proves me right.
And in the end all I can say is putting your work up is a risk, it will always be. No matter what or where. Somewhere out there someone could be claiming your work as theirs, if not online then maybe offline. And we can almost do nothing against it, we can't.
Writing here, atleast to me is for fun, a way to vent my stress and emotions out and IF has never been that great of a front if you take writing seriously.
My advice to writers who do want to take writing seriously, no offense but do consider sites like Wattpad or Fanfiction cause, to write and get published via an online base is through a proper fanbase and writing for some site filled with people who blindly lookout out for their characters the way they mentally portray them to be or the show does and not the way you pen them down, I'm sorry but that isn't gonna help you. We do have a sane bunch of people here but admit it, the majority of us (maybe even me), we dont have a clue what writing is all about, the grammar usage, proper critique or maybe even appreciation. We just write for the sake of it.
We pen it down and post it and if someone things that's worthy of being plagiarized then don't affect your readers, cause the love you. Just put your head high, give out a punishment and maybe for once appreciate the fact that you were plagiarised, it's a milestone. Maybe it does say that you were good enough. I know it hurts, and the hours you took, and what not. Why not defeat that person in his/her own battles, IF on IF go post the link of your thread, the readers will know and only the IF DTs can delete comments.
And I have no clue abt what I just rambled on. That's me for you. LOL.