The Copy-Paste Cleanup Thread:

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Apparently some people find it easier to copy-paste text from other sources, including Wikipedia or the creator's original site, instead of coming up with their own text.

However, this could get the website in a ton of legal trouble for plagiarism and/or copyright violations. (Not to mention it's lazy writing to boot.) Since stopping that problem is a very high priority, and I've observed multiple cases of this problem as of late, let's give this its own dedicated clean-up thread. If you see any work, character, or recap descriptions that copy another source word-for-word, bring them up here if you're not sure how to immediately fix them.

Below is a list of currently known pages that suffer from this problem, and the source they copy from. (This list can be updated by mods or by me, Totemic Hero.) The ideal goal is to have these pages fixed within a week or two of finding out about the copy-paste. If we can't manage to come up with a fix in that time frame, then we'll probably have to outright Cut List said pages, because the site can't risk legal issues.

Currently known pages with copied text

Characters.Overwatch - Character descriptions partially copied from Blizzard's official site
Recap.American Horror Story - Recap descriptions mostly copied from the show's wiki
Recap.Charmed - A number of recap descriptions are copied from the show's wiki
Characters.Smite - Character descriptions transcribed from the character videos
Literature.Repairman Jack - Parts of work description copied from Wikipedia
Characters.Infinite Crisis - Parts copied from old version of official website (needs checking to see if still there)
WesternAnimation.Happy Ness The Secret Of The Loch - Description copied from VHS tape box
ComicBook.Alpha Gods - Part of work description copied from official website
Music.Among The Living - Part of description copied from Wikipedia
Creator.Kurt Sutter - Part of description copied from Wikipedia
Fanfic.Past Sins - Work description copied from host site
TabletopGame.Beyond The Supernatural - Work description copied from Wikipedia
Creator.Van Beuren Studios - Description apparently copied from a blog
Main.Footnote Fever - Text of a number of examples copied from Wikipedia
WesternAnimation.Camberwick Green - Part of description copied from Wikipedia
Literature.My Thomas Story Library - Part of description copied from Wikipedia
Series.Weinerville - Part of description copied from official website
Film.Yamashita The Tigers Treasure - Description copied from Wikipedia
Creator.David Lowery - Description copied from Wikipedia
Creator.Raphael Bob Waksberg - Description copied from Wikipedia
Creator.Kazuki Takahashi - Majority of description copied from Wikipedia

edited 15th Apr '18 1:11:56 PM by TotemicHero

176 TotemicHero7th Feb 2018 05:06:56 PM from the next level
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...I'm starting to detect an overlap here with people who don't know proper English and people who copy-paste from Wikipedia...

Please go get some help in the English thread. (If you keep editing with bad English, you will be forced to by way of being banned from editing.)

edited 7th Feb '18 5:12:32 PM by TotemicHero

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Some good news, Groove Squad been changed is it enough though?
178 TotemicHero16th Feb 2018 11:09:10 AM from the next level
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Looks okay to me. Taking it off the list.

Edit: Also cleaned up Record Of Grancrest War.

edited 16th Feb '18 11:15:46 AM by TotemicHero

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179 dsneybuf16th Feb 2018 11:52:00 AM , Relationship Status: I've been dreaming of True Love's Kiss
Series.Weinerville has a description copy/pasted from the official website.
The description of Yamashita The Tigers Treasure is from the the first paragraph of the other wiki
The description of Aint Them Bodies Saints from The Other Wiki
182 TotemicHero7th Mar 2018 09:50:16 PM from the next level
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Paging ~Mack Wilde to answer for [up] as well as David Lowery (which is not only a copy-paste from Wikipedia, but the laziest possible job of such I've seen yet).
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183 TotemicHero7th Mar 2018 09:50:54 PM from the next level
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Oops, misspelled the name. Let's try again. ~Mack Wylde
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Edit nevermind

edited 10th Mar '18 1:22:49 AM by jormis29

Raphael Bob Waksberg is copied from Wikipedia, the editor even left in the citation numbers
186 TotemicHero13th Mar 2018 11:06:13 PM from the next level
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Oh, look, it's Mack Wylde...again. Time to visit ATT.
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Bagani and The New Adventures of Ocean Girl need to be added to the list
188 TotemicHero20th Mar 2018 11:56:27 AM from the next level
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Added the earlier ones from above to the list. Paging ~Pangaeas Most Wanted to discuss Bagini, and paging ~Wacky Meerkat to discuss The New Adventures of Ocean Girl.

I'll try to get to them when I have some time, but I'd appreciate any help in clearing out the list - it's getting a little bloated.

Edit: Pangaea has contacted me and is rewriting the page. We'll see how that goes.

edited 20th Mar '18 12:31:29 PM by TotemicHero

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189 Karxrida21st Mar 2018 06:02:06 PM from Darkness within Darkness , Relationship Status: Abstaining
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~The Laughing Fist c/p'd the description of WebAnimation.Nomad Of Nowhere directly from Rooster Teeth's official blurb from their website.
If a tree falls in the forest and nobody remembers it, who else will you have ice cream with?
Fine I'll fix it.....

And done

edited 21st Mar '18 6:33:47 PM by TheLaughingFist

191 TotemicHero21st Mar 2018 07:38:43 PM from the next level
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Well, the evidence that people usually copy-paste because they lack English skills continues to build...

~The Laughing Fist, please check in with the Get Help with English Thread. You probably will want to start by bringing up the description you wrote for Nomad of Nowhere.

edited 21st Mar '18 7:39:18 PM by TotemicHero

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Is it okay to copy a list of off Wikipedia? I created the NOW That's What I Call Music! article and I copied the list of albums from Wikipedia. I'm not sure if that's allowed or not.
193 TotemicHero28th Mar 2018 05:49:17 PM from the next level
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Technically...yes, even if it's not something that's really detectable without knowing. Honestly, it's not that hard to tweak the formatting to be at least somewhat different.

Plus, you stretched that page to the point of absurdity - lists the length of those should have been put in folders to begin with.
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I was cleaning up some pages and noticed that the description for The Jim Jefferies Show and Jim Jefferies are from the beginning of their respective Wikipedia articles

I'm working on others right now
195 TotemicHero6th Apr 2018 11:20:45 AM from the next level
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Messaging ~James Austin to come in and discuss those pages.
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I'll work on some of them now.
197 TotemicHero6th Apr 2018 01:58:00 PM from the next level
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Let's see...in regards to the show's page, I think you can do a little better than that. Try writing the description from scratch on a sandbox page, instead of just changing a few words.

Also, on further thought, I'm not sure we need the Creator/ page right now, if the guy's only notable work is this one show. All the important tropes could be handled through the show's page easily.
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Bataan's description is from Wikipedia
199 TotemicHero8th Apr 2018 08:11:34 AM from the next level
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~k410ren, paging to discuss your creation of Film.Bataan.
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Changed synopsis.
"I'll show you the Dark Side."
CM actors and kills

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