New Plagiarism Policy and Other Updates
Hi everyone - I wanted to take this time and write an article on the new policy we will have regarding plagiarism going forward. I have to say, I was surprised at the amount of plagiarism found on this site with only the 400 members we have. Our support box is filled with requests and they are taking valuable time away from doing other more important things. In light of this, we are going to adopt a new policy. The old policy was we would delete the article, warn you of the infraction and remove the associated coins. Just as in baseball, three strikes and you are out. This is the part that is changing.
Going forward, any articles found to be plagiarised will result in an immediate account ban, along with forfeiting all earned coins to that point. Even if it is a single article, and the other 10 are perfectly fine (for example) that will result in your account being deleted. I wanted to be nice, but regretfully people are abusing the system too much and in order to curb that we need to take a firm stance on this. For the time being, you are still allowed to post your articles you posted elsewhere, so long as you provide the link to the original. However, if your username does not match the name on the source article, that will be considered plagiarism unless you tell us ahead of time. If we find it on our own, your account will be banned.
Everyone will have 36 hours to edit or delete any existing articles you may have that does not abide by this policy. After that time period, any and all plagiarised articles will be subject to immediate deletion, along with the account responsible.
On another note, I have heard recently that a number of people are having issues with the polls and we have spent some time investigating the issue. We have narrowed it down to an issue with the encoding and decoding of the poll data to the database. Basically, it has to to with quotes. You will be unable to vote for any entry that has an apostrophe in it. I do apologize for the inconvienence but we are working on a permeanent fix in addition to a number of other backend items.
As you probably have noticed, we no longer have the "newest member" section up as that became pointless after closing registration. Well, while removing that we also removed the member list. MaeLou has already posted about it, but just incase you missed it it is located up in the navigation menu. Click on "Browse" and you will find it.
I also want to say that we are still behind on both referral bonuses and support email. We are working on getting through them but for the time being we are trying to keep up with all the people who are violating the rules (hence the policy change above). They have become a first priority since we do not want negative content to have any additional impact on our ability to generate advertising revenue.
Finally, I wanted to let everyone know that I personally will be out of town tomorrow so handling support emails will slow a bit. We are working through them as best as we can, but if anything immediate comes up I will handle it when I return. Any cashout requests not handled by tonight will be delayed by an additional 24 hours until I return. I do apologize for the delay.