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I wouldn’t have thought it possible, but the plagiarists are getting even lazier these days:

I discovered that a topic I assigned in a previous semester had been asked as a question on Yahoo! Answers.

What really upset me a bit was that the person who had asked it was someone I had thought was interested and engaged in the class, and what he had done on Y!A was essentially put out a “write my paper for me” request. Not that blatantly, but he did get other people to do the background research and spoonfeed it to him.

There are some topics — Programming & Design is one of them — where as many as half the questions are part of someone’s homework. (And many of the rest are “How can I get [application] totally free?”)

Learning stuff IS fun, right? I’m not totally messed up on this, am I? Because some days I begin to wonder.

There hasn’t been a day in the sixteen years I’ve been running this place that I haven’t learned something, even if it was only “Damn, I was totally wrong about that.”

1 comment

  1. McGehee »

    20 September 2012 · 10:13 pm

    The kids who get their assignments done on Yahoo! Answers and the like are future bureaucrats and union members (but I repeat myself).

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