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Why do New people steal instructables? Answered

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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Kiteman
Kiteman

13 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)

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Gunk on Floor
Gunk on Floor

Reply 13 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.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 13 years ago

Have you tried asked them?

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 13 years ago

>doh<

...asking them...

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Labot2001
Labot2001

Reply 13 years ago

They'll probably cut & paste an answer LOL

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Derin
Derin

Reply 12 years ago

HA

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DJ Radio
DJ Radio

12 years ago

this is a major problem with the knexers..............

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Sunny124613
Sunny124613

12 years ago

I always check before I post and before I make an instructable

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Dim-1
Dim-1

13 years ago

I'd better do some research before I do my 1st instructable. Otherwise, I might look the fool.

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ry25920
ry25920

13 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?

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CameronSS
CameronSS

Reply 13 years ago

Are you saying that it is okay to copy a smaller, lesser-known Instructable than it is to copy a hugely famous one?

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CameronSS
CameronSS

Reply 13 years ago

*...is more okay...*

Whoops

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Gunk on Floor
Gunk on Floor

Reply 13 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.

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Gunk on Floor
Gunk on Floor

Reply 13 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.

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Weissensteinburg
Weissensteinburg

Reply 13 years ago

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.

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KentsOkay
KentsOkay

13 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 : )

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Doctor What
Doctor What

13 years ago

Or identities! Someone has been stealing my name in the meebo room! I think it gets them off, the chain.

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tech-king
tech-king

Reply 13 years ago

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

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Doctor What
Doctor What

Reply 13 years ago

No. He's not coming to my house for dinner. It'd be nice though, I'm so lonely. *sniff*

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Sunbanks
Sunbanks

Reply 13 years ago

Just make sure they aren't bringing a chainsaw....

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LinuxH4x0r
LinuxH4x0r

13 years ago

I HATE THEM ALL! (sorry for caps) Flag them!!!!!

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jessyratfink
jessyratfink

Reply 13 years ago

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.

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Gunk on Floor
Gunk on Floor

Reply 13 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!

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Spl1nt3rC3ll
Spl1nt3rC3ll

13 years ago

I knew it wasn't Deja Vu when I saw that eraser Instructable.

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Brennn10
Brennn10

13 years ago

Do they really think we are that dumb?

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dsman195276
dsman195276

13 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.)