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5:20pm on Sunday, 1st May, 2011:
I've been reading final-year projects for the past few days. Only two more to go, then I can look forward to seeing the presentations...
Notes for would-be plagiarists:
- If your normal writing style is in a form of badly-spelled broken English which suddenly changes into perfectly-spelled and grammatically correct English using long words, that looks suspicious.
- If you normally spell words in British English and then for a paragraph or so switch to American English, that's suspicious.
- If your text is normally in one font with one form of line spacing then inexplicably it changes into another font with another line spacing, that's suspicious.
- If you write in the wrong tense, for example saying you "will do" something that's in your program code, that's suspicious.
- If in some of your program code you exhibit a lack of understanding of basic syntax (eg. not using elseif) and in other parts of your program you use that syntax freely, that's suspicious.
- If you use four different conventions for naming your program's variables in different routines, that's suspicious.
- If I've spent ages in class explaining novice programming concepts to you and you still didn't get them, yet you turn in a final-year project that's programmed quite well, that's suspicious.
It's safe for me to tell would-be plagiarists all this, because people smart enough to try to cover their tracks are smart enough not to plagiarise in the first place...
Referenced by Reports Report.
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