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point grubbing RRS feed

  • Question

  • I've been providing assistance in several forums for a little over a week. About five times people have repeated or reworded my solution and proposed it as their solution. In one case it was a by a moderator and another case an MVP. My interest in forums is to assist where I can because I have considerable experience, and possibly pick up some knowledge along the way. I'm not looking for recognition but I am disappointed in the point grubbing and it has pretty much ruined the experience for me. Thanks
    Thursday, July 22, 2010 5:40 PM

Answers

  • You are right, that "repeating and rewording" of already given solutions happens, and it can be an annoyance. But some answerers simply don't look at previous propositions (often because they seem to be in a hurry, for whatever reason), others answer just at the same time you answer (an unlucky but unavoidable coincidence), and so on. I don't think there's any intentional "point grubbing". But yeah, sometimes even such silly behavior occurs. Learn to live with it, I can't imagine any satisfying solution for this issue that wouldn't harm the honest answerers, too.
    "I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.” (Thomas J. Watson, Sr.)
    • Marked as answer by Roy Mayo Friday, July 23, 2010 3:35 PM
    Thursday, July 22, 2010 8:46 PM

All replies

  • You are right, that "repeating and rewording" of already given solutions happens, and it can be an annoyance. But some answerers simply don't look at previous propositions (often because they seem to be in a hurry, for whatever reason), others answer just at the same time you answer (an unlucky but unavoidable coincidence), and so on. I don't think there's any intentional "point grubbing". But yeah, sometimes even such silly behavior occurs. Learn to live with it, I can't imagine any satisfying solution for this issue that wouldn't harm the honest answerers, too.
    "I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.” (Thomas J. Watson, Sr.)
    • Marked as answer by Roy Mayo Friday, July 23, 2010 3:35 PM
    Thursday, July 22, 2010 8:46 PM
  • The asker can determine which post to mark as the answer.  The original poster can even mark more than one as an answer.  Ideally, the asker would mark the first good answer as well as any later posts that offer further significant details.  Multiple posts should also be marked as the answer when the posts are submitted at similar timestamps.

    However, askers unfamiliar with how the forums work often mark the last answer (only).  If a moderator notices this, the moderator can address it by adding an answer mark to another post.

    All in all, this happens infrequently and is not a big deal.  Some might prefer it if the system were to detect "new" users and provide them guidance as they click the Mark as Answer button...

     

    Wednesday, July 28, 2010 11:11 PM
  • Yeah i've seen this happen multiple times too. Sometimes it's almost word for word what i've just posted.

    But i don't think anything can be done about it. Oh well it's sad for them :)


    Don't forget about Alt+Esc!

    Friday, September 6, 2013 9:50 AM
  • One of the best forms of flattery and recognition is when someone or many take your solutions and use them "as is" or slight modifications.

    Sounds like this is what is going on so I would be happy about this.


    Please remember to mark the replies as answers if they help and unmark them if they provide no help, this will help others who are looking for solutions to the same or similar problem.

    Wednesday, October 9, 2013 6:02 PM
  • So true. I have had some others emulate me - I can't imagine why but, as they say, emulation is the sincerest form of flattery.

    I do agree with "borrowing," but I always give credit.

    Example: You need a VBscript that reads an excel list of servers (actually one that I wrote recently), and it uses VB or WMI or whatever method, to check your Excel list of servers against Active Directory, and then updates the 2nd column of your spreadsheet, with the description from AD being placed next to the server name in the spreadsheet. Did I write that from 'scratch?' NO! But I gave credit for those 2 main scripts that inspired my combined VBscript; and I modified their original scripts heavily, to the point that they are, ineed, different scripts. So I say that it's okay to "borrow inspiration" and use it, but raw, word-for-word plagiarism is not good, and is counter-productive.


    tnjman

    Thursday, October 10, 2013 5:01 AM