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so what do you think??
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I always check sources.
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Did my post inspire you to write this thread?


I'll tell you something, even in real life, people don't read the sources. I wrote a 3000 word scientific paper with like 20 references... the lecturer doesn't have the time to check through all 20 references from 1000's of students.
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GayAsianBoy wrote:

Did my post inspire you to write this thread?


I'll tell you something, even in real life, people don't read the sources. I wrote a 3000 word scientific paper with like 20 references... the lecturer doesn't have the time to check through all 20 references from 1000's of students.


True story. It's an automatic perk you receive when you choose a giant lecture hall class instead of a...classroom class. ;D
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Wait, wasn't this Abraham Lincoln?
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I usually only quote people I've legitimately read but yah, I think for the most part the picture is accurate. There are hundreds of fake Buddhist quotes, either taken out of context or in actuality was said by someone much later, etc.
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Believe me, I do check people's posts, especially when it's suspicious that you did not write it yourself and it sounds really intelligent beyond your part.

For example:

wrote:


kyoukoujin wrote:


Senta wrote:

I was just wondering about the recent shift in dramatic presentations away from the customary iterative productions where the fourth wall is regularly deconstructed. Does the shift towards more codified productions, with barriers established between the presented world and the actual environment, create a more immersive experience?



;D


yea. It sounds intelligent.

... when it's well written copy & paste from a 2005 post in the Jade Empire forum.

http://jade.bioware.com/forums/viewtopic.html?topic=460688&forum=101&sp=15



Senta wrote:

;D


booyaah.

I get it already. You like Jade empire. Sorry for not listening to your Youtube sound tracks yet. I will do it soon. =)



BAHAHAHA you idiot, ruin it will you?! :D



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On here I only check sources if I am interested in what is being talked about. If I don't care then obviously I am not going to bother. Here it seems it is almost required to check the sources of people since I have seen far too many people talking about news articles but linking youtube videos of people talking about the newsworthy topic and their thoughts on it as their source of information. Unless the youtube video is of a more legitimate news segment I don't have time to waste on it and just search out several real articles to grab as many "facts" as I can about the topic.
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this made me laugh way to much.
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Tholomew28 wrote:



this made me laugh way to much.


You're welcome.
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GayAsianBoy wrote: Did my post inspire you to write this thread?

I'll tell you something, even in real life, people don't read the sources. I wrote a 3000 word scientific paper with like 20 references... the lecturer doesn't have the time to check through all 20 references from 1000's of students.

In any big class, it will be limited to spot checks and entirely up to the grader's sense of professional dedication. It is, however, not safe to assume that "past performance is a guarantee of future results", since at big research universities, the graders are often graduate student teaching assistants, and so the same professor can have wildly different chances of sources being checked, from one year to the next.

However, even if you have the bad luck to have a grader who actually cares, copy and paste plagiarism is a lot more commonly checked than source faking. Even if you are not at one of those schools that has papers posted electronically through a plagiarism ... when we read a paper that has clear shifts in writing style and tone of voice, its real easy to just type a sentence into Google with quotes around the whole thing, and 90% of the time copy and paste plagiarism will pop right up.

The real risk with source faking is that you say something that would actually be handy for the grader's own research, and so they try to look up the source for their own purposes. The risk is not high, though ... probably similar to the risk of being hit by lightning.

A bigger danger is faking sources to say something that anyone who knows anything about the subject knows is wrong:

Rowan93 wrote: Wait, wasn't this Abraham Lincoln?



"The problem with posting quotes off the Internet is you never know if they're genuine."

Gen. George Washington at the Battle of Gettysburg, February 30, 1908.
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And, just for you Firefly/Star Wars/Star Trek fans.



Funny aside, I don't unless I find it really interesting.
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