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Plagiarism fix - add another option to the flagging feature Answered

An instructable was recently featured wherein many of the viewers of this instructable recognized the images from a different Author, and no credit to the name of the original author. I tried to flag it for admin, but there are only "Wrong Category", "Inappropriate", "Incomplete", or "Spam" as options to flag with. Although I don't want to add more work to your plate, I think if the community can flag a directly plagiarized ibble, that would be best. Here are the posts: 

Original by KaptainSkarlet: 
https://www.instructables.com/id/Make-a-gorgeous-Dragons-Egg/

Copycat: 
https://www.instructables.com/id/Really-Cool-Dragon-Eggs-for-Easter/

I think keeping the Instructables community free to copy is fine, but not direct ripping of the same images another author used. And not without crediting the author. Thanks!

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seamster
seamster

5 years ago

Thanks for the heads up! This has been addressed.

To be clear, reposting other peoples' work (photos, images, text, videos, etc.) as your own is considered stealing and is not acceptable.

Due to the way the flagging system works, the simplest and quickest way to get the attention of an admin when you think an instructable is stolen is to post a link to the original version in the comments of the stolen version, and then flag your own comment (as anything really, in cases like this).

That may seem kind of funny, but it actually works really well! :)

Thanks again for the heads up. We truly appreciate it!

Cheers,

Sam (seamster)

- Your friendly neighborhood instructables staff

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Printy
Printy

Reply 5 years ago

Awesome! Thanks Sam! I wouldn't have thought to do that. I appreciate you letting me know what the "to-do" on that is. I will check out that idea and put it to work next time I might see an ibble which is stolen from another author.

Cheers!

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Brooklyntonia
Brooklyntonia

5 years ago

Seamster of course explained how to flag for plagiarism, but the reason a flagged comment works so well is that you can post what you perceive to be the original. If you just flag it, the person viewing the flag would have to search around or know the whole internet.