Why do New people steal instructables?

After posting my instructable the other day, it didn't take long before someone copied it down the the exact words, and even went as far as to steal some of my pictures! Now I see another instructable posted today about making a pink eraser flash drive, that is almost exactly like fungus amungus's. Both of the perpetrators in question happened to be brand new to the site, as in they had only been members for a day or two. So my question is this:

Why do new people find it necessary, or think it's cool to steal/exactly copy peoples instructables?

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Kiteman7 years ago
Do you mean they publish copies here, or on other sites? If they are here, then flagging will mean rapid removal. Elsewhere, try emailing the webmaster of the site in question, including links to the original here. (We caught somebody selling copies of 'ibles on ebay, and I had to get all official on him to get him to stop)
Gunk on Floor (author)  Kiteman7 years ago
I mean they publish copies here. I know that flagging them will get them removed very efficiently, all I want to know is why new people feel the urge to copy peoples instructables, or what makes them think it won't matter otherwise.
Have you tried asked them?
Kiteman Kiteman7 years ago

...asking them...
They'll probably cut & paste an answer LOL
Derin Labot20017 years ago
DJ Radio7 years ago
this is a major problem with the knexers..............
Sunny1246137 years ago
I always check before I post and before I make an instructable
Dim-17 years ago
I'd better do some research before I do my 1st instructable. Otherwise, I might look the fool.
ry259207 years ago
Someone also copied the LED throwies instructable. YOU DON"T MESS WITH SOMETHING LIKE THAT. Moderators/Instructables staff, Could you please not allow this, or give the new people a warning?
Are you saying that it is okay to copy a smaller, lesser-known Instructable than it is to copy a hugely famous one?
*...is more okay...*

Gunk on Floor (author)  CameronSS7 years ago
Not at all, they shouldn't copy anyones instructables. But I think it's kinda stupid that they copy a featured instructable and post it, while the instructable they copied is still on the front page. I'm not dissing anyones instructable that has been copied that may not have been noticed by the greater public of instructables yet.
Gunk on Floor (author)  ry259207 years ago
It seems like they enjoy copying instructables on the featured list. yeah sure, no body looks at the front page, it should be ok to copy it LOL.
They don't allow it. You'll notice they are unpublished promptly. The important thing for you to do is just flag any that you see.
KentsOkay7 years ago
I know what you mean, my "How to Re-energise" ible has had multiple off-site copies, I'm kinda proud of the fact it was good enough to copy : )
Doctor What7 years ago
Or identities! Someone has been stealing my name in the meebo room! I think it gets them off, the chain.
ohh yeah, i remeber that. is he really going to your place for dinner? probably because they want an instructable to their credit right away
No. He's not coming to my house for dinner. It'd be nice though, I'm so lonely. *sniff*
Just make sure they aren't bringing a chainsaw....
LinuxH4x0r7 years ago
I HATE THEM ALL! (sorry for caps) Flag them!!!!!
They don't think we'll notice?
I guess. But that doesn't make any sense! I've seen two very recently. The how to make your cat purr one, and the eraser drive cover. Very weird.
Gunk on Floor (author)  jessyratfink7 years ago
Which is why I brought this subject up, because the "How to make your cat purr" Instructable is mine, and I could'nt see how someone could just go and take my pictures, of my cat. It was an outrage!
I knew it wasn't Deja Vu when I saw that eraser Instructable.
Brennn107 years ago
Do they really think we are that dumb?
dsman1952767 years ago
they just do, they probely think we won't notice and people will think there great. we should probely just flag if that happens, just make sure that you tell them that you flagged them. if you don't tell them then they won't know that we don't like it when plagerisem happens(I know the feeling, it happened to my 5 pound gatling gun. one guy made 2 accounts, and made a Instructable for the 5 pound gatling on one of his accounts and made 2 Instructables on the second account.)