Plagiarized Again! Naming And Shaming

We’ve had a lot of content plagiarized from our website over the years. As a result we created a “name and shame” plagiarism policy, where we publicly call-out the people who do it. And this morning I learned that it had been done by someone I know. Not cool.

Compare our course assessment page with a similar page at the Maine Primitive Skills School.  On their page, scroll down to the heading “Assessment For Course Work.” Then check out our page, which is much older. Here are the links.

Their page:

Our page:

Several paragraphs are verbatim; a clear cut and paste job.

I debated not publishing this post because I’m a fan of the MPSS and I know they do great work. I’ve known their founder for over 20 years. But plagiarism is one of those things that really bugs me.

I’m flattered that they want to use our student assessment system. But there’s a right way to use someone else’s content; Ask them, get permission, and be clear to your audience where it came from. To copy someone else’s content and pass it off as your own is plagiarism, and is definitely not cool.

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