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Maurlin  (Level: 221.5 - Posts: 2718)
Thu, 3rd Aug '06 8:27 PM


There is a quiz that I just took which was copied from another site and presented quite nicely on Sploofus. The real problem I had was that the majority of the "Correct Answers" given were wrong. The person didn't bother to check the correct answers, and picked very obviously wrong ones. I was going to write the person who did the quiz. but decided just to click the reporting section. I have found the site from which the questions were copied. My concern is that the editor assigned to the quiz is not knowledgeable in the area and will not know why it is being reported.

I would like to have a section in which to lay out the problem and cite the site from which the quiz was taken.

Is there any other recourse?

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Sploofizz (Editor)  
Thu, 3rd Aug '06 9:13 PM

If you feel a quiz is plagiarized you report it, as you did.

If you are sure there are incorrect answers, you should send the author a note.

Editors do not edit (well, we're not SUPPOSED to edit) for content. We do thorough google searches of phrases and quiz titles and suspicious wording to try to ferret out any direct plagiarism.

Justin is working on giving you a space to add WHY you reported a quiz when you report one...hopefully this message will help expedite that addition.

Maurlin  (Level: 221.5 - Posts: 2718)
Thu, 3rd Aug '06 10:43 PM

Actually I started a note to the writer to point out 1 wrong answer. Then I saw another one. After finding the 4th one, I stopped writing because I was sounding kind of snotty at that point. I put a complete question into Google and found the other site. I was really unsure what to do, which is why I posted here. I really feel bad about it because I didn't want to cause trouble for the author. I just wanted her to at least have the correct answers if she's copying (sorry about that). I can certainly understand why it would pass editorial scrutiny if the author's "correct" answers are not seen.

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