The Fanfiction Development Team wishes to inform everyone that as of March 17, 2013, the following rules will be implemented to the already existing rules and regulations of the FF section. Henceforth, all the issues that the FF DT investigate will be based on the amendments described below, with regards to Plagiarism.
The issue of plagiarism is alarming us and despite the rules, some continue to plagiarize! Henceforth, anyone who engages in such act will be dealt with severity. The penalty will be severe as described below:
Plagiarizing a PORTION/ PARAGRAPH: The member will get an immediate raise in warning level by 20%, along with a three day closure of their fan fiction with a notice of plagiarism with the plagiarized content removed! Each individual offense will be considered as a separate instance!
Example: If a member was reported to have plagiarized in two separate fan fictions in this manner, their W/L will be raised by 40% along with three day closure for both FFs with notice of plagiarism left behind.
However, for three or more instances (i.e. 3 or more FFs) of Plagiarizing a PORTION/ PARAGRAPH, the plagiarizer will get an immediate raise in warning level by 20%, and a notice of plagiarism will be left on the respective FFs with the plagiarized content removed and each FF will be closed for 1 - 2 weeks. Two days after the notice of plagiarism, the offender will be temporarily banned for 1 - 2 weeks (depending on the extent of plagiarism).
Plagiarizing the ENTIRE CONTENT: The thread will be locked immediately with a notice of plagiarism and the plagiarizer will get an immediate raise in warning level by 20%, Two days after the notice of plagiarism, the offender will be temporarily banned for 1 - 2 weeks (depending on the extent of plagiarism). Shortly after the entire FF will be trashed. Each individual offense of this nature will be considered as a separate instance.
If someone continues to plagiarize despite being penalized in the above manner, their account could face a permanent ban with all their breaching FFs being trashed! NOTE that each offense will accumulate throughout!
Though it may seem very harsh, but this is a very serious concern and everyone's effort should be credited accordingly! It is NOT AT ALL fair to present OTHER'S WORK AS YOUR OWN!
Henceforth, these rules will apply to all Fan fictions across India-forums.com for uniformity purposes.
We hope to have everyone's understanding!
IF Development Team