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Redbaron  (Level: 207.0 - Posts: 297)
Tue, 30th Aug '05 12:32 PM


Even though I haven't authored any quizzes recently, I'm very glad to see the authoring system back on-line! The use of an "editorial board" to make decisions is a good idea, although as more and more quizzes get submitted, it will be interesting to see how well that system scales. Too much delay will mean that immediately topical quizzes will be hard to do.

At any rate, I wanted to ask the Sploofus community, "What constitutes plagiarism?" Obviously, wholesale copying of quizzes from other sources is plagiarism. But what about using source material from the web to come up with an otherwise original quiz?

One of my quizzes falls into this category: last year, there was an e-mail circulating on humor lists with the subject line "Actual Headlines of 2004." It was a list of actual, funny headlines which had appeared in the news that year. I knew the e-mail was a legitimate list of headlines, because I had seen many of them myself. (My favorite was, "Something went wrong in jet crash, expert says.") There was no author attributed in the e-mail.

Anyway, I took the list and turned it into a quiz. All of the "wrong" answers were made up by me. (That's frequently the hard part of a authoring a quiz: coming up with plausible wrong answers.)

So is that plagiarism, or is it just creative (maybe) use of source material?

(My other quizzes are all completely original.)


Ladyvol  (Level: 213.0 - Posts: 5681)
Tue, 30th Aug '05 12:39 PM

You came up with a good question...I too, use the internet for sources for quizzes. As you stated, would this be considered plagiarism? It shouldn't be mainly because several people here use the net for thier source of information....The quiz you mentioned I remember. It was funny and I laughed alot when I took it! I am interested to see what others think of this also....

Siriusofazkaban  (Level: 15.1 - Posts: 196)
Tue, 30th Aug '05 1:14 PM

No, Sploofus is fine with you using internet sources to base your trivia on. What sploofus doesnt want is you going to another trivia site and taking a popular quiz word for word and question by question and posting it as your own.
The problem they run into is people who take an older quiz and repost it under their own name or "steal" quizzes from other trivia sites. That will make alot of people angry at Sploofus for not policing their quiz system.
Taking your quiz questions from online resources is fine, that's what they are their for. They are fair game.
ps: this is just my interpretation of the plagiarism that Sploofus is trying to stop. I could be wrong.

Uncleresa  (Level: 71.3 - Posts: 132)
Tue, 30th Aug '05 3:06 PM

If it were true that you couldn't use internet sources for material, constituting plagiarism, then every kid in school would be in BIG trouble!

Tuzilla  (Level: 146.7 - Posts: 3847)
Tue, 30th Aug '05 4:47 PM


n 1: a piece of writing that has been copied from someone else and is presented as being your own work 2: the act of plagiarizing; taking someone's words or ideas as if they were your own [syn: plagiarization, plagiarisation, piracy]

Source: WordNet 2.0, 2003 Princeton University

Aquamar  (Level: 187.1 - Posts: 927)
Wed, 31st Aug '05 3:11 AM

Thank you Steve, one definition is worth a thousand words.

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