I think Moderators and Ambassadors really need to crack down on cheating students coming from Online Schools, such as Connections Academy. There's always someone that is copying and pasting their graded assignments into a question, begging for the answer. Hardly any of them even try. A big red flag for when someone copied their assignment questions is when they left the (1 point) value at the end of the question, so, perhaps there could be something that filters through newly-posted questions for that term.
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Another thing that really bothers me is people who make questions titled "anyone completed the xxxxxx Unit Test?" A small group of students seem to flock to those questions which are posted throughout the subjects, where they exchange their answers on their Unit Tests. Not only is it plagiarism, but it's ruining their chances of becoming successful further down the road, as Semester Exams and State Testings come around.
I believe that we should be taking a more aggressive approach, rather then just telling them "don't cheat" and hiding their question. I also think we need a better punishment system. When someone is suspended, it only lasts a day or two, but nothing is holding them back from just opening a new account. We should make it so that a person can only have one account per Email address, even if said account is suspended. It would be a great feature if, when a person is suspended, their IP address is suspended. There's been some people in chat who are able to get other's IP addresses to scare them, so why shouldn't the team at OS implement that strategically to prevent future trouble makers?
It is easier said than done. Many people have mentioned this, and though it is true, the sheer number of people doing this makes it really hard to stop it. Plus, to stop the cheating, we need to ban so many people. Sometimes we need to let the cheaters face the consequences down the road. There aren't enough moderators to stop this, and even if there were, people would find a way around it. They always do.
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First of all, you can only make one account per e-mail. Spammers/cheaters sign up using absurd/non-existent e-mail addresses like firstname.lastname@example.org. Second, the IP ban would block innocent users too (think library wifi).
You need to verify your account via the Email sent to you when you sign up, so I don't see how people would do that with email@example.com. You've got a point about the library wifi, but, most of these students are no doubt at home on their own personal computer.
No, actually many of the students are in school. Which is probably not allowed, but they do it anyways. With phones and other new technology, more and more people are using OS to cheat, but we can't tell unless they write "Help me with this quiz."
you don't HAVE to verify your e-mail to continue using the site. There'll just be that annoying yellow bar asking you to confirm your e-mail. It'd be great if they withhold some features like chatting and asking a question until users verify their e-mail.
Yeah, that is a problem, especially since the majority of people who do this are spammers, and only go on to make one off-topic post, and then they get banned. I am not saying that everyone that has multiple accounts are spammers, I am just saying most spammers have more than one.
I am glad that as a community you are denouncing this violation of OpenStudy Code Of Conduct. We are working with the schools behind the scenes. But we have empowered you as a community to be our voice. When you see this happening, report them, and if enough members of the community report, you know they will get automatically suspended. Our moderators include several teachers and they will also perform suspensions. Sometimes you have to educate users and help them understand that this is a very public and searchable site. And cheating is wrong and comes with serious consequences. But of course, as OpenStudiers, you will be nice- not rude when you do this. Many thanks for your vigilance. We have a strong community. Lets keep it strong.
Totally, totally agree with this. There is definitely a difference between asking for help in a certain point of a subject and copy-pasting the entire subject ..