« on: March 08, 2017, 12:23:54 AM »
Alright, due to recent events, needing to create a new rule to tackle the issue of plagiarism. Its a tricky subject, as I don't want to stifle community interaction and the exchange of ideas, but blatant usage of someone else's material without credit/permission is unacceptable. As such, here is the new rule:
Any content based/including parts of/uses the structure of another's work requires permission of and must give credit to the original author. In order words, you are allowed to base your content and/or borrow content on/from another author's projects IF and ONLY IF you've been given permission by the author. If they request being credited, you must credit them in some obvious way. Barring any explicit software or open source license being used by the author, if the author revokes permission, then you must remove the offending material from your project. Failure to comply will result in two possible things, depending on my discretion:
*ONE warning and probation, in which most of your forum privileges are revoked while I assess the situation. This means you will be able to view/respond to private messages and reply to topics, nothing more.
*A permanent ban. I take plagiarism very seriously, and if I feel like the person deserves it, they will be removed from the forums indefinitely.
Note that the ban can occur without a warning if I feel the situation warrants it. This will most likely not be the case, but I'm just putting that out there in case someone was unclear.
Now, there is a flip side to this, which is making false claims against another author, stating they have stolen your work when its either unclear, or very clearly not the case. One of the few things worse in my book than a thief is a liar, especially one lying about such a serious claim. As such, the punishment for someone that is undeniably (emphasis on that) lying will be the same. I don't want people to be afraid to defend their work, and I'm not going to treat you like a liar if, for some reason, the evidence fails to convince me that someone has stolen your work, but please only make such claims if you have very good proof supporting your claims.
Please let me know if you have any concerns or questions about this rule.