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Kaustubh Katdare
Kaustubh Katdare • Feb 19, 2012

Avoid Copy-Pasting Content From Other Websites

CEans,

Over the past 6+ years, CrazyEngineers has built its reputation as a leading community of engineers. CrazyEngineers has been built by several engineers like you who've contributed amazing, original content to our website and continue to do so.

It's tempting to copy & paste content from other websites to increase post count and it might even help in few cases; however it does not help our website and community grow. A lot of our members aren't aware of the disadvantages of copy-pasting content from other websites, so I decided to write this special post.

Disadvantages of copying content from other websites-
  1. When you copy content, you are basically stealing someone else's original work.
  2. Pages with copied content do not attract traffic. This means a lot of engineers out there who don't know about our website; will not find it in Google search. We rank #1 in Google for several topics because all those topics are original!
  3. It could be serious & legal issue.
Question: Is 'Quoting' someone same as 'copying'?
Technically yes; and we should avoid it. But sometimes a 'quote' can add value to the post you're making. If you *must* quote something or someone; make sure that you mention the source link (URL) from where you're copying content. Do not use this as an excuse to copy paragraphs of text from other websites.
In some cases, Press Releases from various websites can be copied without mentioning of the source.
Creating original content requires efforts and it's not easy. But copy-pasting isn't the way forward. I look forward to co-operation from all our CEans πŸ˜€
Kaustubh Katdare
Kaustubh Katdare • Feb 19, 2012
Q: How do I know when I'm not copy pasting content?

Answer: Any content that you type on your own; is original content πŸ˜€
Nice one!!! πŸ˜€
lovejeet
lovejeet • Feb 19, 2012
The_Big_K
Q: How do I know when I'm not copy pasting content?

Answer: Any content that you type on your own; is original content πŸ˜€
but how do YOU know if it's a copy paste or not?? πŸ˜›
Ankita Katdare
Ankita Katdare • Feb 19, 2012
lovejeet
but how do YOU know if it's a copy paste or not?? πŸ˜›
Believe me, thats the easiest thing to figure out. πŸ‘ Let us vow to just follow the forum rules and help our community grow.
Kaustubh Katdare
Kaustubh Katdare • Feb 19, 2012
lovejeet
but how do YOU know if it's a copy paste or not?? πŸ˜›
I've been using Internet beyond Orkut & Facebook for over 10 years now. That means I've 'learned' a few things that a lot people don't know exist.
lovejeet
lovejeet • Feb 20, 2012
The_Big_K
I've been using Internet beyond Orkut & Facebook for over 10 years now. That means I've 'learned' a few things that a lot people don't know exist.
πŸ‘ so what those "few things" can be?? πŸ˜‰ but seriously, I mean, by just noticing the strict languages which are commonly used in those sites and which we people don't generally use, or there are some other methods to find those out???
Kaustubh Katdare
Kaustubh Katdare • Feb 20, 2012
It's easy to find copy. I remember we had called for VoiCE author applications. I hate to say that 99% of them had copied content from other websites and presented it as their own. Unfortunately 99% of those who had sent their applications were all Indians!

Anyway!

The point of the discussion is that copy-pasted content isn't allowed on CE.
K!r@nS!ngu
K!r@nS!ngu • Feb 20, 2012
The_Big_K
It's easy to find copy. I remember we had called for VoiCE author applications. I hate to say that 99% of them had copied content from other websites and presented it as their own. Unfortunately 99% of those who had sent their applications were all Indians!

Anyway!

The point of the discussion is that copy-pasted content isn't allowed on CE.
Well... One more point to be noted when posting something on CE. That's great Biggie. This is what Keeping CE on Top of all the forums. Keep GoingπŸ‘
Kaustubh Katdare
Kaustubh Katdare • Feb 20, 2012
Until now, it was the 'content' that accelerated our growth. 2012 is going to be special πŸ˜€ . But content will continue to remain an important factors in CE's growth.
I have to work a lot on that front.
But challenge accepted! πŸ˜‰
X-Engineer
X-Engineer • Feb 20, 2012
Good move..πŸ˜€
born_star16
born_star16 • Feb 20, 2012
While replying to any question, you can use some content from other site and mentioning the source as well. Like in question answer sites you have the option of putting your source. I know it's always better to use original content but sometimes it is okay if you are putting source as well.

The easiest way to check the duplicate content is: Just copy and paste the content in Google search and rest Google will do for you.
lovejeet
lovejeet • Feb 20, 2012
@bigk- didn't got the answer yet...
@born_star- and what if we just edit the whole text a bit. in that way googling the content won't help.
Kaustubh Katdare
Kaustubh Katdare • Feb 20, 2012
lovejeet
@bigk- didn't got the answer yet...
@born_star- and what if we just edit the whole text a bit. in that way googling the content won't help.
It's through experience that it's become easier to identify copied content. Usually it's Google search that reveals the content. Nothing to do with the programming languages / tools.
We have done a lot so far for improving our CE ,so guys take this as a positive initiative and encourage other CEans too !!

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