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Plagiarism and a fun little game to try

It is the same as stealing. Try it in college and see what happens. They will throw your sorry rear end out as a cheater.

Take credit for someone elses work. They work hard to write it and a thief copies it as their own. Smiling as if they are actually smart enough to write it, and all the while knowing that they are a liar and a thief. What is even better is when they try to tell others how low the others are and how great and knowing they are. "Look at this article I just wrote". Yeah, impressive, except you forgot to tell us that you copied it word for word and forgot to give the real author credit. Self esteem problems?

I wonder who would trust such a person? Would they steal your money if you let them into your home? I would not put it past them.

Here is a little something for all of the plagiarizers out there: http://www.plagiarismchecker.com/

Real easy. Simply cut and paste the persons "essay" into the checker and voila, you get a report. One person on AR that I have found does it almost every blog. And they want clients to trust them. I don't think so.

 

Comment balloon 22 commentsKevin Robinson • December 29 2009 09:47AM

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Kevin - I know a number of these people do this kind of stuff and sometimes A/R "catches" them by putting in a red x across there post but not always... There are so many of them out there... I am going to check out your link now and thanks for sharing it with us... Have a Happy New Year...

Posted by Robert Hammerstein, Bergen County NJ Real Estate (Keller Williams Valley Realty) over 9 years ago

Sounds like a fun website to play with. Will have to check it out.

Thanks for the post

Tony

Posted by Tony Grego, 317-663-4173 #1 Trade Association for Alternative Inv (REISA - 317-663-4173) over 9 years ago

Thanks for the information. Unusual subject, are there any others like it on AR? :)

Posted by Anonymous over 9 years ago

Wow. Very cool website.

I'm amazed at some on AR as you have pointed out that would risk all they have worked for and built on AR to put up a stolen post. They have more "stones" than I have and I guess less morals. Oh well. If they get thrown off of AR, it's their problem, not ours. Good grief.

Posted by Michael Myers (King-Rhodes & Associates) over 9 years ago

Kevin - As you well know, I plagiarize all of my "articles" and am damn proud of it.  Seriously though, I see it too often.  For folks who have been around any semblance of time and continue to do it, that's lazy at best ... immoral at worst.

Posted by Jason Sardi, Your Agent for Life (Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina) over 9 years ago

Looks like I made a comment without logging in; Sorry about that. " Thanks for the information. Unusual subject, are there any others like it on AR?:)"

Posted by Michael Bergin, Northern Virginia Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - ABR - SRES ) over 9 years ago

Kevin - Thanks for the link. Plagiarism will always be a tool of those too lazy to write their own material. It's happened to me several times, the most bizarre of which was an attorney who took one of my AR posts and reproduced it as his own in his newsletter. While I've not been very vigilant to date, this link may provide some help.

Posted by John Mulkey, Housing Guru (TheHousingGuru.com) over 9 years ago

Another site I use is www.copyscape.com .  I've seen quite a few people plagiarize whole paragraphs from my main website.

Posted by Rob Arnold, Metro Orlando Full Service - Investor Friendly & F (Sand Dollar Realty Group, Inc.) over 9 years ago

Copyscape is a good site!!

The difference between plagiarism and a thumbs-up is really simple:  Use two quote marks ("") and list the source.  Voila!

Posted by Tchaka Owen (Galleria International Realty) over 9 years ago

Flag - Trust is over rated (clearly! Obama was elected), checking your post requires to much work, cant we just have a blog posting exchange where a few intelligent hard workers can come up with really good blogs and the rest of the members can just free load off their efforts?

Funny enough though, it seems most plagiarizers i see on AR tend to rip their post directly from the AP. I guess the AP doesn't really care since their credibility is shot and they are just happy to get reads no matter who takes the credit.

 

JP

Posted by Jay-Paul Lowry over 9 years ago

Kevin...

Wow, this could be useful.

Featured in the Group "Whacked!!!"

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) over 9 years ago

Kevin - I had an article copied by a Russian site that in turn has a US site on Real Estate. I was flagged as a copy cat and they would not post my original article. 3 weeks of incredulous emails and a direct confruntation with the copy cat and I was cleared. It was a mess. We must be dilligent on this subject. No exceptions

Posted by Claude Cross, Charlotte NC Homes For Sale (Homes By Cross, Inc. ) over 9 years ago

Great sites, I love it. 

If you are aware of an individual who regularly copies stuff, this could be a great tool.

How embarrassing to have a big red X on your blog, the X symbolizes CHEATER.

 

Posted by Melissa Anderson (Mortgage of Texas & Financial) over 9 years ago

Hey - Did Joe Biden plagiarize? Liberals have to plagiarize because they have no mind to think for themselves!

Posted by Broker Nick, Broker Nick Relocation Broker Service (South Florida Real Estate & Development, Inc.) over 9 years ago

Nick- If Biden did plagiarize he might sound smart, maybe.

Posted by Melissa Anderson (Mortgage of Texas & Financial) over 9 years ago

Kevin, Plagiarism is not just for the lazy - it works for the brainless as well.

The blogs that are posted on AR - those copy and paste deals are also getting points they don't deserve.  Quite a few of those so called morally upstanding folks have "sticky fingers" on their keyboards.

Posted by Bonnie Vaughan, CNE SFR - Buyers/Sellers - Lackawanna & Surroundin over 9 years ago

I am SO going to have a little fun with this one!

Maybe Consumers should check their agents' websites for plagiarism, just as a dipstick check on ethics of the person they would trust in a multi-hundred thousand dollar transaction...

Posted by Mike Jaquish, 919-880-2769 Cary, NC, Real Estate (Realty Arts) over 9 years ago

Mike - a dipstick check on ethics? Thats a great analogy - you can really imagine what comes next!

Posted by Broker Nick, Broker Nick Relocation Broker Service (South Florida Real Estate & Development, Inc.) over 9 years ago

I believe, and sincerely hope, that this is mainly as a result of the AR Guidelines having not been read by certain members:

excerpt of AR Guidelines

Here is another AR Guideline: "The point system is intended to recognize the top professionals in our industry. Do not try to game the system. Points for blogging will only be awarded for majority original content."

Even many of the comments appear to be quite shallow and made for the daily ration of points.

How can members who recognize flagrant abuse report it? Do we now need AR Police?

With tools like PlagarismChecker.com and Copyscape.com detection should be easier. Great Post.

Posted by John Grasty, Your Tri-cities REALTOR, neighbour and volunteer. (for real estate results in the Tri-Cities.) over 9 years ago

Ditto John * I'm not in it for the points so re-blogging is a GREAT resource and I'm happy to use that method of getting blog content!!!

Posted by Wallace S. Gibson, CPM, LandlordWhisperer (Gibson Management Group, Ltd.) over 9 years ago

I have had the same thing happen too people will take everything word for word from my site, sort of flattered but still wrong. I have another site but cant think of it at the moment when I do I will come back and post it. It's great it scrubs all the sites.

Posted by Heather the Realtor Orlando, Lake Mary, First Time Home Buyers, Bank Owned Homes (LemonTree Realty) over 9 years ago

I think if anyone is "caught" by an AR member copying someone's blog, then write a blog about it and feature the link.

Thank them for admiring your work so much that they put it in their own blog and ask them kindly to re-blog in the future.

 

Posted by Melissa Anderson (Mortgage of Texas & Financial) over 9 years ago

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