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Have you ever done it? Have you been tempted to do it? How do you feel afterwards after you do it/don't do it?

I've been tempted to do it for my computer programming class because I suck at programming, but I never do it.
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Plagiarism within the context of computer programming? I request that you walk me through that, mate. Are you not allowed to borrow established code for assignments or...? How does that work exactly.

If we are talking essays and research papers I get how nerve-wracking it can be. Although I'd say it's pretty damn avoidable. It boils down to this: If it ain't your original thought, give credit where credit is due and follow up with what you think about it. There are a few grey areas when you get into specifics but it's still a matter of: When in doubt, cite your sources.
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It's not cheating if you don't get caught.

It's interesting in your case of programing since I'm sure most assignments for programming require some sort of already established code. For instance the "Hello, world!"

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Nah, I'm like a professional paraphraser. I reword, quote, and cite like I eat, pee, and sleep.

But really, I haven't plagiarized and I never will. I don't really feel anything, but I know I would be disappointed in myself if I ever did plagiarize.

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Plagiarism within the context of computer programming? I request that you walk me through that, mate. Are you not allowed to borrow established code for assignments or...? How does that work exactly.

If we are talking essays and research papers I get how nerve-wracking it can be. Although I'd say it's pretty damn avoidable. It boils down to this: If it ain't your original thought, give credit where credit is due and follow up with what you think about it. There are a few grey areas when you get into specifics but it's still a matter of: When in doubt, cite your sources.


I'm talking about copy and pasting someone else's code. Like finding one on the internet and using that or using a fiends code or part of it. Honestly, the professor never actually discussed about plagiarism with us, so I'm not sure where he stands. The University has it's own policies so I'm guessing he goes with that.

When it comes to essays, I don't worry that much since I'm a good writer; but sometimes it worries me if I write down 10 or more words that look exactly like another persons.
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paraphrase these, paraphrase those, paraphraser here and that Law is a pain when the matters is creativity
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BrutaloclesVonSlaughterHousen wrote:

Plagiarism within the context of computer programming? I request that you walk me through that, mate. Are you not allowed to borrow established code for assignments or...? How does that work exactly.

If we are talking essays and research papers I get how nerve-wracking it can be. Although I'd say it's pretty damn avoidable. It boils down to this: If it ain't your original thought, give credit where credit is due and follow up with what you think about it. There are a few grey areas when you get into specifics but it's still a matter of: When in doubt, cite your sources.


I'm talking about copy and pasting someone else's code. Like finding one on the internet and using that or using a fiends code or part of it. Honestly, the professor never actually discussed about plagiarism with us, so I'm not sure where he stands. The University has it's own policies so I'm guessing he goes with that.

When it comes to essays, I don't worry that much since I'm a good writer; but sometimes it worries me if I write down 10 or more words that look exactly like another persons.


Are you at least allowed to observe code samples and tweak it to suit your immediate need so long as you cite the genesis of your creation?
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I've never done it. I've felt almost too lazy to do it, but my conscious is too strong lol
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It's only stealing if you get caught. Otherwise it's inspiration.
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From where I'm standing, the idea sounds as absurd as getting in trouble for writing 2+2=4 and getting in trouble for plagiarizing the answer of a math problem.
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TheGreatHoneyBun wrote:


BrutaloclesVonSlaughterHousen wrote:

Plagiarism within the context of computer programming? I request that you walk me through that, mate. Are you not allowed to borrow established code for assignments or...? How does that work exactly.

If we are talking essays and research papers I get how nerve-wracking it can be. Although I'd say it's pretty damn avoidable. It boils down to this: If it ain't your original thought, give credit where credit is due and follow up with what you think about it. There are a few grey areas when you get into specifics but it's still a matter of: When in doubt, cite your sources.


I'm talking about copy and pasting someone else's code. Like finding one on the internet and using that or using a fiends code or part of it. Honestly, the professor never actually discussed about plagiarism with us, so I'm not sure where he stands. The University has it's own policies so I'm guessing he goes with that.

When it comes to essays, I don't worry that much since I'm a good writer; but sometimes it worries me if I write down 10 or more words that look exactly like another persons.


There's looking at it to get an idea as to how it works, and that's awesome. The code works because it's basically mathematics. (logic).

The linguistics part however, which is your own idiosyncratic way of writing the code, might be plagiarism, but like the above said, it's a lot harder to prove.
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no. i borrow idea, like the fanfic i write, but its pretty clear its not mine. i put disclaimers anyways.
as for music, john williams stole gustav hoslst: mars for star wars, tho the copyright expired and as a music buff i see it more as a nod or a shout out than a steal. its note for note for a good 20 seconds, and john made such good stuff its feels like hes honoring gustav this way.
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Nah, I'm like a professional paraphraser. I reword, quote, and cite like I eat, pee, and sleep.

But really, I haven't plagiarized and I never will. I don't really feel anything, but I know I would be disappointed in myself if I ever did plagiarize.



lol I'm the same way! But I have seen people who have plagiarized, and the results were never pretty

I had an underling who was kicked out of the US Air Force Academy for plagiarism...I found out when another underling told me the day it happened :/

Also here's another story:

it was the final paper for our military class, I finished mine and people asked to take a peek at mine. I declined saying I was still editing my paper so they wen to the guy I was dating at the time. Like the moron he is he let them look at his paper, and it ended up that a huge group of people copied his paper and submitted hard copies like that. A few days later everyone was called in and the entire cadre were in the classroom. They explained what they discovered and that everyone who plagiarized, whether they forgot to write down something they cited and the source, to write their name on the board. I was clean, so they handed me my paper and told me to GTFO along with a very small amount of people.

We later discovered that some people had copied parts of essays and were dinged for not citing those papers. Even though we submitted only hard copies, they still ran all of our papers through a plagiarism program. Very scary, and even more frightening when some people were demoted, some disappeared from campus, and a few didn't commission as officers.....
Posted 3/11/15
I did it once by accident and unintentionally. I was using a quote from a source but forgot to put quotation marks around the passage. I even cited the source properly and gave credit, but since I didn't put the quotation marks my professor flipped out and said I plagiarized. We talked it over and solved the problem. I told him it wasn't my intent to plagiarize and he told me to not let it happen again. I was lucky that he was understanding and I learned from the experience.
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