Plagiarism vs Fixed Botches

Subject: Plagiarism vs Fixed Botches
From: "Anthony Markatos" <tonymar -at- hotmail -dot- com>
To: kay -dot- robart -at- integratedconcepts -dot- com, techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com
Date: Thu, 16 Mar 2000 07:52:42 PST

Kay Robart said:

Wow! I didn't realize plagiarism was so rampant in this profession!

Tony Markatos responds:

Your absolutely right Kay; there is a lot of TW plagiarism. But there is another "angle" to the problem that I would like to bring to light. I have, more than once, been given an assignment that was "98% percent done". These were probably the most difficult assignments I have ever had.

Truth be told, NOBODY ever completes 98% percent of a project (or any other high percentage) and then stops. (Note: I'm talking about content creation, not minor editing or formating.) If a person is proud of their work and is 98% done, he/she really wants to complete the project.

Reality is "It's 98% done" projects are botched projects - particuarly, botched organization. And, almost without exception, they are badly botched projects. Completing that last "2%" is immesurably hard - harder than starting from scratch! And the person who is able to save a mess deserves the major credit - irregardless if he/she cuts & pastes a significant amount of existing text.

Tony Markatos
(tonymar -at- hotmail -dot- com)

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