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I await your thoughts on how best to handle this problem.
well, I think the best way is the way we're doing it... appending writeups that mark OPs or answers as plagiarized, janitors (e.g. planetscape) unapprove OPs and nodes get downvoted.

In the future I'll respond to new posts of these monks with the line

CAUTION: OP content may be plagiarized.
if they are suspicious and at that moment it hasn't already been done.

As for stripping them of XP or removing reputation from their nodes - I think it's not worth the effort. The post's content (often) is valuable, albeit stolen; so the credit goes to the original source's poster, may they be a monk or not. And a note that marks them as plagiarized sheds the right light upon the posters.

What could be the motivation for their unethical behaviour? Brag before others (see "Monks i have met" on jesuashok's homenode) about their XP gained at perlmonks? What else1? Well, then they have already gotten their punishment - their lying was made public, and XP gained by unhonest ways is nothing you can brag with, if the dishonesty is evident. Let their XP as it is - it's worthless to them, and meaningless to us.

One suggestion, though - the offending nodes should not only be disapproved (if root), but marked as PLAGIAT in the title. That would not only make them show up prominently in Perl Monks User Search, but also help brave liverpole++, chargrill++, hossmann++ and others in hunting them down and keeping track ... ;-)

<update2> 1) see Re: How should Perlmonks deal with Plagiarism? </update2>


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In reply to Re: How should Perlmonks deal with Plagiarism? by shmem
in thread How should Perlmonks deal with Plagiarism? by liverpole

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