Very recently, an article appeared on the front page that was completely copied from Wikipedia. I've seen this happen more than once, whether copied from Wikipedia or another source.
The sad thing is that these articles don't always go to the back page where they deserve to be, since some folks don't realize they're copied.
Is there any kind of action taken by RJ against articles of this nature? Personally, I'd like to see them wiped off the site, as a copied article takes no work, and the more people get away with that kind of thing, the more likely someone else is to try it.
We're on the same page Prophet, I totally agree. I reported the most recent instance to Vertex. For the time being, the best we can do is try to banish the article to the Back Page at the very least.
I generally come here for the articles and I really enjoy reading the ones that are original. When I come across the fakes, it really annoys me and it taints the very nature of the site in my opinion. I would rather have a hundred mediocre-to-crap original articles than 1 purely copied masterpiece. Thankfully, we have a lot of great original writers on this site who make the fakers look like total amateurs and fools.
This is not the only article that has been plagiarized recently.
Here's another article that was also almost completely plagiarized and it is still not on the back page.
There was another one that was partially plagiarized recently too. I can't remember where it is, but I noted the plagiarism on the comment section.
I'm sick of it, personally. First of all, it demeans the work of others who have put thought and heart into their writing. I mean why work hard, especially when you can just crib from Wikipedia, throw in a few cute pictures that make your article fan-wanky and get multiple thumbs up from the (somewhat lax) critics here? Second, it's intellectual thievery from the people who actually DID write the material, and as such could possibly pose a liability to this site.
I think these offenders should be banned, frankly.
We need to start checking on these articles and catch these plagiarists early on and expose them so they can get the thumbs down they so richly deserve. And then maybe these idiots will see it happening to others and decide it's not worth trying themselves.
Honestly, I really think there need to be more stringent criteria for approving articles. I know that it's fun to have the occasional obvious back-pager to ridicule, but there ought to be some way to weed out the cut/paste jobs and the super-retarded ones. And plagiarism ought to merit a lifetime ban.