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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

Karxrida Art by @anoderp from Darkness within Darkness Relationship Status: I LOVE THIS DOCTOR!
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Mar 19th 2017 at 7:28:21 PM

I noticed some text on Characters.Fire Emblem was taken directly from a fan wiki. I was already editing the page and unknowingly removed the offending material before I discovered this, but I thought it was prudent to post here in case this was present on other Fire Emblem pages.

edited 19th Mar '17 8:16:56 PM by Karxrida

If a tree falls in the forest and nobody remembers it, who else will you have ice cream with?
MorningStar1337 Aegroto dum anima est, spes est. from 🤔
Aegroto dum anima est, spes est.
Mar 25th 2017 at 10:09:36 PM

I think we need to investigate Characters.Fate Extella The Umbral Star. There is some text in quote format which had me suspecting that the text is lifted from either the game itself or material related to the game.

Is Amphibia an isekai? "We're TV Tropes. We don't need bots to ruin people's lives.". -nightwyrm_zero
TotemicHero Not a bug! from the next level
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Mar 25th 2017 at 11:38:46 PM

Normally, short quotes from the game/game manual are okay as a supplement to our description. But yeah, those are a little long for that, and them being stuck in the middle of said description instead of on top like a typical quote definitely isn't cool.

On a potentially related side note, the descriptions themselves also seem a little stilted (possibly a sign of a troper with English as a second language). I'd say that page needs some cleanup work - more than is on-topic for this thread.

Expergiscēre cras, medior quam hodie. (Awaken tomorrow, better than today.)
Karxrida Art by @anoderp from Darkness within Darkness Relationship Status: I LOVE THIS DOCTOR!
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Mar 25th 2017 at 11:55:01 PM

Yo, TH, please add Characters.Fire Emblem to your OP. I found some more text and remembered that there was a c/p issue for the Fates pages a while back. Maybe have it say this:

Characters.Fire Emblem - Some Archetype descriptions are identical to those found on a fan wiki. There is potentially more copied text to be found in the listed subpages based on past issues with some Characters.Fire Emblem Fates pages.

edited 25th Mar '17 11:55:14 PM by Karxrida

If a tree falls in the forest and nobody remembers it, who else will you have ice cream with?
MorningStar1337 Aegroto dum anima est, spes est. from 🤔
Aegroto dum anima est, spes est.
Mar 26th 2017 at 2:56:57 AM

In any case. Would it be possible to Characters.Fate Extella The Umbral Star to the OP (under a list of suspected pages at least?)

Is Amphibia an isekai? "We're TV Tropes. We don't need bots to ruin people's lives.". -nightwyrm_zero
TotemicHero Not a bug! from the next level
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Mar 26th 2017 at 5:31:53 PM

I kind of can't do anything without knowing where the copy-pasted text is from (so I can see what changes have to be made). In the case of [up][up], I'll need a link to this fan wiki, and [up] I'm not putting "suspicions" on the list.

Also, The Butter Battle Book is now copy-paste free, so that's one less item on the list.

Expergiscēre cras, medior quam hodie. (Awaken tomorrow, better than today.)
Karxrida Art by @anoderp from Darkness within Darkness Relationship Status: I LOVE THIS DOCTOR!
Art by @anoderp
Mar 27th 2017 at 3:14:58 PM If a tree falls in the forest and nobody remembers it, who else will you have ice cream with?
Theatre_Maven_3695 from Ontario, Canada Relationship Status: Charming Titania with a donkey face
Mar 27th 2017 at 3:57:13 PM

Took a whack at fixing Lita Ford. Is it kosher now?

TotemicHero Not a bug! from the next level
Not a bug!
Mar 27th 2017 at 4:09:18 PM

I don't see any problems with copy-paste now, although her discography list needs cleanup. (Yakety Yak, Take It Back and Trash Talk are just one-off music videos, not full albums. I'm also not sure if they need to stay italicized or be put in quotemarks.)

I'm pulling it from the list.

Expergiscēre cras, medior quam hodie. (Awaken tomorrow, better than today.)
Theatre_Maven_3695 from Ontario, Canada Relationship Status: Charming Titania with a donkey face
Mar 27th 2017 at 8:40:03 PM

You're welcome grin And yeah, those are just your basic Totally Radical Anvilicious Edutainment MTV specials. I'd keep them in italics, but take them out of her discography and refer to them somehow in the description (if they're even worth keeping at all). And it looks like I was right to take out the "actress" part of the description as well, because it looks like those are her only credits.

edited 27th Mar '17 9:15:32 PM by Theatre_Maven_3695

Theatre_Maven_3695 from Ontario, Canada Relationship Status: Charming Titania with a donkey face
Mar 27th 2017 at 9:36:23 PM

Sorry for the double post, but I like to keep different issues separate. I've just finished cleaning out the c/p from Girlschool, as well as adding some escape markup to erase some accidental red links created by the parser mistaking the surname "McAuliffe" for a legitimate Wiki Word. Off to take a look at Angel Witch. EDIT: That was quick. Another two down.

edited 27th Mar '17 9:49:55 PM by Theatre_Maven_3695

Mar 28th 2017 at 3:37:49 PM

When We Were Animals work page description appears to be have taken from Amazon Description.

TotemicHero Not a bug! from the next level
Not a bug!
Mar 28th 2017 at 4:40:41 PM

Gonna pop that one on this list, and gonna note that the mods can bonk the guy who did it, since the page was made last December.

Also, thanks for the help, Theatre_Maven.

Expergiscēre cras, medior quam hodie. (Awaken tomorrow, better than today.)
Theatre_Maven_3695 from Ontario, Canada Relationship Status: Charming Titania with a donkey face
sydhighwind from Rocket Town Relationship Status: She's holding a very large knife
Mar 29th 2017 at 10:21:19 AM

Hi, I'm the "guy that did it" for the When We Were Animals page. I actually forgot I made it, and had kept that as a placeholder (if you look, you'll notice in the edit history that the page hadn't been touched from the day it was made until yesterday.) It's been changed and rewritten.

EDIT: formatting and expansion.

edited 29th Mar '17 10:35:53 AM by sydhighwind

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TotemicHero Not a bug! from the next level
Not a bug!
Mar 29th 2017 at 10:39:07 AM

I'm pretty sure descriptions shouldn't have "placeholder" text on the live wiki, copy-paste or otherwise. Keep that in mind in the future, okay?

Expergiscēre cras, medior quam hodie. (Awaken tomorrow, better than today.)
sydhighwind from Rocket Town Relationship Status: She's holding a very large knife
Mar 29th 2017 at 1:38:28 PM

Webcomic.Stand Still Stay Silent copies its description from the comic's About page.

Also, Past Sins isn't on the list? Well, it is part of a larger issue for online content with their own descriptions...

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WaterBlap Blapper of Water Relationship Status: [TOP SECRET]
Blapper of Water
Mar 29th 2017 at 2:38:50 PM

I took a whack at Stand Still Stay Silent.

[witty saying]
TotemicHero Not a bug! from the next level
Not a bug!
Mar 29th 2017 at 9:11:35 PM

Looks like Past Sins fell between the cracks, my bad. Adding it.

Expergiscēre cras, medior quam hodie. (Awaken tomorrow, better than today.)
Apr 2nd 2017 at 4:46:02 PM

The description of Beyond the Supernatural copies text from Wikipedia, though it seems whoever wrote it included a link to the Wikipedia page it copies from.

TotemicHero Not a bug! from the next level
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Apr 2nd 2017 at 5:30:04 PM

Bonus points for the editor in question 1) being the only one to edit that game's page, and 2) doing nothing but adding edits related to this game to the wiki. tongue

Going up on the list.

Expergiscēre cras, medior quam hodie. (Awaken tomorrow, better than today.)
MissMokushiroku Ace Gamer from Atlanta, Georgia, USA Relationship Status: Yes, I'm alone, but I'm alone and free
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Apr 3rd 2017 at 9:00:18 PM

Can Creator.Van Beuren Studios be added to the list? I don't know enough about the topic to fix the description.

edited 3rd Apr '17 9:00:37 PM by MissMokushiroku

TotemicHero Not a bug! from the next level
Not a bug!
Apr 3rd 2017 at 9:34:29 PM

Not that we could technically prove it, since the link to the website it was taken from promptly tried to do shady stuff to my connection (meaning I had to cut it immediately).

Added to the list.

Expergiscēre cras, medior quam hodie. (Awaken tomorrow, better than today.)
Apr 4th 2017 at 12:33:35 PM

[up] Well, it could also come from here: https://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:HujGK9GSFBAJ:https://www.thecartoonclassics.com/toonerville-picnic-1936+&cd=4&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=ca

We might actually be the only source for the content, on Google, I think, from a quick Verbatim Search. [lol]

edited 4th Apr '17 12:35:21 PM by Malady

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