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Dear Mrs. Anastacio,
First of all, I understand your concern about the amount of cheating occurring on http://www.OpenStudy.com/. As an ambassador on OpenStudy (I am poopsiedoodle, http://openstudy.com/users/poopsiedoodle), it is my job to enforce the Code of Conduct on OpenStudy.
The first two rules in the Code of Conduct:
OpenStudy values the Learning process - not the ‘Give you an answer’ process
Don’t post only answers - guide the asker to a solution.
Have homework problems? We can help you - as long as you are looking to learn how to get your solution (and not just the answer).
Please do not copy and paste your problems. If people are going to spend time to help you, you should at least spend the time to ask your question as clearly as possible.
Don't devalue the question/answer process!
Don't provide someone with just the answer - explain the process, and help guide them through understanding the problem.
Don't just provide the answer to a problem when someone else is in the middle of helping! But if you want to help, by all means, join in!
“Keep in mind that OpenStudy is an open, transparent system where everyone can see all your posts, chats, comments, questions and answers. So OpenStudy documents your greatness and your helpfulness. If on the other hand you do not follow our code or post inappropriate content that is creepy, rude, or violates your school's Honor Code, it is also openly viewable. We care about you. So our advice is to be nice and honest.”
This includes making sure that other users do not cheat. I would like to inform you that not all of the OpenStudy users are cheaters.
Please understand, this site is very helpful even though there are people who misuse it. It would be wrong to sacrifice the many for the misuse of the few. This is not a place like http://www.answers.yahoo.com/ where you can go and get an easy way out. This is a place where people can go and learn the material. We are cracking down on the cheating problem, and as time goes on it, is going away.
Our moderators and ambassadors are working our best to provide the utmost user and educational experience possible. This is a website where you can go and connect with new people and collaborate to come to new answers and conclusions on your own! We do not pride ourselves on the mistakes some members are making against the code of conduct. We understand the importance of your educational system and we plan on working with you.
We understand where you’re coming from with the email you have recently sent out. We see the problem of cheating as well and are beside ourselves. Our moderators are working overtime to provide an expeditious removal of this dishonorable behavior. We have many users who are devoted to the mission of OpenStudy and who make it their goal to weed out the culprits of tainted integrity.
Our members that come from Florida Virtual School take offence to this. We have asked many of our users and they feel as though you are taking away a much needed study tool. OpenStudy does not give an easy way out. In all honesty, many people registered thinking it would be, but they were in for a rude awakening.
As for the issue of plagiarism we agree with you. Two of our users have even started developing a cheating detector as seen here. There has also been a teacher from Connections Academy who has gotten fed up with their students cheating (who are known for asking for the answers for entire exams, including finals) that can be found here. This is proof that we do not condone the activities that you have mentioned in your message to students. We are trying to get our point across to the members that this is not an answer site like the aforementioned “Yahoo Answers” or “ChaCha”. They should come to us with the question worded differently and not copied and pasted. Even then, it is still not okay that people are abusing OpenStudy to just get answers on their tests. In no way do we support this. The administration of OpenStudy is sending out an email in hopes of correcting the predicament at hand.
Please don’t take this email the wrong way. We are in no way trying to be disrespectful or rude to the management of Florida Virtual School. We would like to reach out a hand to FLVS to help us stop this without going to the extreme of banning the whole site. We would like if we could possibly get a transcript from you listing all of your questions. That way, if something is copied and pasted from an assignment of yours, we can report/delete it or close the post and give a reason. WE WANT TO WORK WITH YOU! Not against you. We want you to be pleased with the help we give and WANT your students to partake in it.
We have people on the site who greatly adore FLVS and in no way want to see Florida Virtual stop this site from giving them a helping hand. We want to give assistance to the teachers of the school system. Below is a true email from one of our students that was sent to a teacher in their school district talking about the effectiveness of openstudy.
“I wanted to also tell you about a site called openstudy.com that a lot of teachers don’t know about … it is a place ran by mods and members where kids can go ask questions and get help from teachers and other students and study together. The Code of Conduct is very clear which is why I wanted to tell you about it…there is no cheating… you can’t give any answers! You can help a fellow student study and help teach them if they don’t understand. The language is CLOSELY guarded and if you give an answer directly you can be banned from the site. There are people watching at all times so no false information can be passed. This is not like yahoo answers where you put in a question and someone does all the thinking for you. This site makes sure you learn and doesn’t give an easy way out. I tell you about this because you used to always say there are no stupid questions. Kids (including me) are afraid to ask a teacher not because they are afraid it will sound stupid but because they don’t know how to ask it. They are so used to texting there questions or emailing or posting on these kinds of websites that they don’t know how to ask face to face. This website has helped me personally learn a lot in math and all my other courses. I also go online and help other kids too. There are always people online…normally over 100 people in each subject helping kids or asking questions. please check out the site and spread the word to the kids in your class because this is VERY helpful! When you send home those worksheets I used to always have a question at home while I was doing it and now with this website they can get help without cheating. They can learn without getting the answers spoon-fed to them. Anyway I thought you might like it…if you get a chance look it up and see what it’s all about”
And with that, we close. I hope that this email will help you reconsider your decision about OpenStudy.
Signed, AriPotta, poopsiedoodle, SnuggieLad
Please contact us with anything we can do and any corrections we can make to make our dream possible of making the world one big study group. How we can fix the mistakes that other students have made so that OpenStudy can be to your liking.
by the way, we took out the tags
the corrections made: P.S. Please contact us with anything we can do and any corrections we can make in order to see our dream become reality; to make the world one big study group. And please tell us if you have any suggestions as to how we can fix the mistakes students have made so that OpenStudy can be to your liking. We are all ears.
Hold on... I prefer this one http://cdn.thatssotrue.com/2012/2/26/thatssotrue_2176_1330282903.jpg
looks like they wanna sue you guys?
if they take this the wrong way, y'all are definitely getting kicked out flvs. js.
Lol like I said, teachers are such tight azzes, that they prolly won't even listen.
better get your backpack ready for real school
Marshall, I could care less. They can't just do this and not expect a reply from those of us that actually use OS for what it's intended for.
have they even sent out a warning about the copy/pasting plagiarizing thing? i mean, it's kinda unfair that they just sprung it up on us like this
did they give us a warning or did they just decide to ban the site.
Very well written, well done:) @Agent_Sniffles http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m7ib9w411d1r8dn48.gif
Making 2 posts about this, and taking into your own hands, is probably the worst thing you could have done. This isn't a job for ambies, or even mods, this is something @Preetha needs to address.
@konradzuse I do not think he was wrong for this considering the email was addressed to him, he felt he had to. I would have done the same thing if I had gotten this email. Anyway this was very well written @poopsiedoodle I hope everything goes in you're favor. (And us FLVS Students)
it wasn't only me, it was also @AriPotta and @SnuggieLad
jeez...i wrote it...yall corrected it...where is my pat on the back... :,( lol
BRAVO SNUGGIE! BROUGHT TEARS TO MY EYES!! SO INSPIRATIONAL!!
I did the first paragraph though.
;) yes you did...and a very good opening paragraph that is too :) "... huston...ready for launch?" *huston radios back* "Ready for launch...prepare the boosters and...send the email in 3...2...1...GO GO GO"
Houston, we have a problem. I have to make the new email first. :P
...Houston...if you have to have me rewite that whole thing your dead...i sure hope you just mean "create message" "to...FLVS" lol
no, make a new email account on Gmail.
SSSSSSSWWWWOOOOOOOOSHHHHHHHHH......Houston...the spaceshuttle revolt has crashed down...i repeat...space shuttle revoult has crashed down...
your name "poopsiedoodle" better still be on that email...or take mine off...
Hmmmm. Power of the people I guess.
tell us if/when you get a response, @poopsiedoodle :]
he will...i already emailed him lol