Saturday, July 4, 2009

Independence Day

I'm back to doing some freelance editing for the online media company. The pay's not great, but it adds to my nest egg. And in these increasingly tough times . . .

In the past 24 hours, I've encountered two self-plagiarizing writers; one double dipped, the other triple dipped. Each simply cut and pasted identical content into an article with a different but similar title.

Self-plagiarism is, of course, a cardinal sin and specifically discussed in several of the company's style guides.

Nevertheless, these two writers have taken the spirit of the Fourth to heart, perverted it, and declared independence from company and professional rules. The editorial team will quash their little rebellions.