Re: Plagiarism vs Fixed Botches

Subject: Re: Plagiarism vs Fixed Botches
From: Beth Friedman <bjf -at- wavefront -dot- com>
To: "Anthony Markatos" <tonymar -at- hotmail -dot- com>, "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 16 Mar 2000 15:44:29 -0600

In our previous episode, Anthony Markatos wrote:

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.

I came in late on this, but there are other aspects as well. I had one job where I was supposed to document the installation and setup of a particular board. It was similar, but not identical to an existing board for which instructions already existed. I took the existing FrameMaker document and created a brand-new set of instructions. There was perhaps 25% overlap between the new documentation and the old documentation. The format already existed, though I did some clean-up work on it.

Was I entitled to use the new documentation as part of my portfolio? The woman I worked for certainly thought so; she gave me permission to take away both hard copy and a copy of the FrameMaker file when the job ended. Do you disagree? Do you consider that plagiarism?

Beth Friedman / bjf -at- wavefront -dot- com
Quis editoriet ipsos editores?

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