( PLAGIARISM RULE UPDATE ! )
As many of you have noticed already, we’ve experienced a lot of issues regarding our policies when it comes to plagiarism. In the past, we have observed a zero tolerance policy and until recently, there were only a couple a cases and not much reason to re-examine our policies because up until a few months ago, all plagiarism from and on the site were fairly obvious cases a knowing intent, however recent events have forced us to reconsider how we deal with instances of plagiarism. In the past, any form of plagiarism has warranted an automatic ban, whether intentional or not. This was enacted not only so that we could treat every person equally, but because there isn’t an easy way for us to determine whether the plagiarism in question was purposeful or not. After talking to several of you, it seems to be the general consensus that people would rather enact a temporary ban for a first offense. While this does enable purposeful plagiarizers the opportunity to re-join the community after committing an offense, the general population agrees that it is more important to ensure that those who accidentally commit the offense are not banned permanently for their mistake. This also enables us to ban for stolen coding, which is a much more common offense than any other type.
That being said, from this point on, anyone found guilty of plagiarizing any work (coding included) will be temporarily banned for one month unless it can be expressly proven that the person did so with malicious intent. For example, the person expressly claims a copy and pasted work as their own. A second offense will warrant an automatic lifetime ban. In order to treat everyone equally due to our new policy, anyone who has been banned for plagiarism in the past has had their I.P. address and e-mail addresses removed from the banned list. The rules will be updated to reflect these changes.
kai, acey, lily, and cara