Important reminder: PROJECT HOPE against PLAGIARIZM and post spinning




Several days ago we've written an announcement about creating an internal anti-plagiarism department within our PH community. With @gbenga being in charge of it and myself together with @juanmolina supporting his work and efforts.

If you, dear readers, have not read that publication yet, then please spare a few minutes and open that link and read it CAREFULLY.

Unfortunatelly, it seem that this issue has been haunting us recently and a few users posting within our community were not careful enough and did plagiarize someones elses work AGAIN. At the same time enjoying some financial benefits (author rewards). This act has got to stop effective immediately!

This attracted unwanted attention of a few users (@hivewatcher, @jaguar.force), who took on their shoulders the responsibility of fighting with plagiarism. Those who have dealt with these particular users should know already, that it may be a very unpleasent and hostile experience. Therfore it's best to avoid it at all cost.



I've wrote it once, however I would like to repeat it again:

This is very important for every member of our community to be educated and fully aware, that we cannot support content which is considered "stolen". Setting up a link to a source (original post) doesn't really change much in my opinion. Especially if content is simply copied + pasted.

In that case rejecting payout is a MUST.

In case any of you would commit such an action and would get caught, PH will not be punishing and pursuing such a user. You won't receive downvote. However, if a similar situation will repeat itself, then our support with come to a COMPLETE STOP.

Obviously, we may consider giving "another chance" to such a user, based on his/hers performance and level of engagement within the community. I believe that there may be some users, who are worth fighting for and educating.

Our goal is to educate people, not to punish them.



I would greatly appreciate it if each and every one of you would consider uploading this banner at the bottom of your post:


My line of thinking is simple - if we put extra focus on that particular topic and we underline how important it is to stay away from plagiarism, then we will most likely succesfully educate all our members and limit similar situations from happening again.

I also strongly believe, that noone will be "brave enough" to use this banner while knowing that published content is actually stolen (or re-worded) and ownership of such a content belongs to someone else.

That would be a deliberate lie.



Before JUNE is over - I would love to succesfully educate everyone within our community on this topic. It does cost me time and energy to deal with this issue. Not to mention unnecessary stress of dealing with those 2 users mentioned above.

So please, take it seriously, avoid plagiarism and post-spinning and use that banner in your future publications.



I would appreciate each resteem, since it will help us reach most PH members.
Also please drop a short comment confirming reading this post.

Yours, @crypto.piotr
@project.hope founder,

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Dear @phcommunity members

I would appreciate each one of you read this publication carefully. I really hope you won't mind investing few minutes. It's important topic.

Few guys within our community plagiarized lately and it brought some unwanted attention to PH. So I would need to ensure that we're all working together towards same goal. And this goal is to ensure that all our content is OURS.

Unique and original.

Yours, Piotr

07.06.2020 12:08

I feel very strongly about this topic a community is only as good as its members so one needs to be extra careful about maintaining originality of our content.
Resteem done and the banner posted on my steemit post

07.06.2020 13:52

Plagiarism is a widespread evil. We must stop it as far as possible. However, care should be taken while declaring something plagiarism as some topics have definite set of language, sentence structure and phrases, otherwise some genuine content may be declared as plagiarism. The concerned person should be given a chance to represent before taking any action against him/her.

07.06.2020 15:08

@crypto.piotr. plagiarism is bad and should be avoided. It takes resources to create content. Stealing it is bad too, which is what plagiarism is. Hope the perpetrators should desist from such acts.

08.06.2020 04:05

Quick question since I am still learning. I own 3 websites which I occasionally pass/or edit content from them onto here. Am I good on the plagiarism thing? - as long as I state that I own said websites? Thanks.

26.07.2020 01:03

based on my knowledge, not at all @openmindedtravel - after all you're the owner of created content

31.07.2020 10:12

This is a very important issue that has worried the system for a while. I think a list of users that were caught doing it be created and those people be placed under the spotlight for observation. Plagiarizers hardly stop,and that's because they never knew what to post in the first place. They constantly find new ways to scam the system, rather than create fresh work.

07.06.2020 12:36

I am really happy seeing you addressing this publicly. One thing I will say is that we learn daily. This post is a guide to help us amend our ways if we are thinking towards such angle.

It is this your leadership skills that makes me so much love you @crypto.piotr

07.06.2020 12:40

Duly noted and I hope plagiarists adhere strongly to this.


07.06.2020 12:45

To make any community clean it is must to reducing make it dirty so i appreciate of this initiative to stop plagiarism.

07.06.2020 12:53

Read friend!

07.06.2020 12:53

Thank you very much for updating us with this topic. I have commented on all posts regarding this topic within PH since, as a content creator, I am against those who pretend to be creators.

I, like you, am against these types of acts and less in rewarding those who do it. I am also in favor of your policy, I think the best punishment will be to stop completely supporting the user who commits this infraction.

I think that the most active users creating content, we should encourage this same initiative not only with the image that you have placed of "anti plagiarism" but also introducing this in a subtle way in our publications. For my part, I can add additionally to the image: 100% original content created for Project Hope by Alejandro Aristeguieta.

Other ideas will occur to me that I will let you know, especially so that the posts you create generate in others the intention of striving to create your own content and exploit your creativity. A big hug @crypto.piotr

With affection

P.S: I am updating my last post with the anti plagiarism image ;)

07.06.2020 12:59

No problem with that. I'm all support for original. Quoting technical explanation is acceptable though, but subject to administrator manual curation and approval. Just like university thesis, can you quote more than 25% external material? I guess not. May be we can set a guide lines and tolerance? 50% of reference material is allowable?

Bitcoin is a digital encrypted asset that holds a value on a blockchain network, which govern by it's miners.

I totally made that up, the above statement.


LOLed. Like 50% of them are spinned material

07.06.2020 13:00

In this example that you have exposed, we can see coincidence of words in random form. But when there is plagiarism, these words are located in the same sequence.
Certain authors have practiced "spinning" where they change the location of words trying to hide plagiarism, but that is also detectable on some scale.

07.06.2020 17:12

Hey buddy. Thanks for quick reply. Which is why I'm saying, if we can have a set of rules of up to certain percentage of quoting material. Regardless how close one can get, as you mentioned in your comment, the word I used will be different. And your last sentence, detectable on some scale(how far?)

Merely saying, if we can have a scale for that, it's actually easier for people to follow the "rules". I will make a post on this topic. Cheers buddy 💪

07.06.2020 22:32

Hi dear friend.

I think your idea of setting a percentage of quotes is great.

And your last sentence, detectable on some scale (how far?)

What I meant to say is that detecting spinning is much more difficult.

09.06.2020 23:59

Thanks for replying Juan. Spinning is hard to detect, but the percentage of quoted text will tell you a rough idea of how far the article being spinned. Anything above 50% is very suspicious.

10.06.2020 16:47

You´re right.
I would consider a max of 20% -25%

10.06.2020 17:04

Depending on the nature of the article being spun/written. Scientific write up can be very much similar and often times when an article will have up to 75% of similarity. However, the word will not follow, the depth of the knowledge will be different.

These are some of the useful plagiarize checker for your perusal. I rely on them alot previously when I was still in the #esteem team.

10.06.2020 17:20

It would be very interesting to implement the use of this type of verifier in our anti-plagiarism unit. Thanks for sharing.

As you have said, determining plagiarism can often be difficult. Except for vulgar plagiarism of those who make a full copy / paste (including images) of the article.

The nature of the article also influences the percentage of use of quotes.

Maybe you know any content verifier based on AI? I would consider it to be of a high level of reliability.

10.06.2020 19:00

Sorry for late reply Juan. We have a set of algorithm to detect plagiarism, however nothing can be perfect. AI itself is AI because it's artificial, it need human to feed in the data so it can process. But when an AI can do it's own determination without human input, Houston we have a problem.

Can you imagine when a script can automatically scan for articles on the internet,

Automatically download pictures with the similar tag category from the internet, crop the pictures, apply shades and tilt the picture a little so the source code arrangement of the picture will also change arrangement

Automatically arrange the wordings like grammar checker, to make sure the meaning remains but the word being used become different.

And finally, automatically make a post with all the rearranged text, newly photoshopped photo, run a set of tags and posted in the frontend.

All these can be done automatically. So, imagine if you have an AI plagiarize checker, the next thing is someone use the AI checker algorithm reverse it, and you have an AI plagiariser automatically post spinned article everywhere everyday🤣

12.06.2020 08:30

All these can be done automatically. So, imagine if you have an AI plagiarize checker, the next thing is someone use the AI checker algorithm reverse it, and you have an AI plagiariser automatically post spinned article everywhere everyday🤣

I wouldn't be surprised to know that this happens daily before our eyes.

A few months ago I read an article where large US newspapers (NYT, WP, Forbes) use AI to write articles.

For example, look at this article:

It was automatically written using AI by the Associated Press, which has used for a couple of years the technology developed by the Automated Insights company, which is based on statistical information from the United States Minor Baseball League, published in MiLB. com.

This copywriting AI manages to consistently sort the large volume of statistical data, automatically interpret and present it in the form of a text article.

12.06.2020 15:03

That being said, in the end we still need human to make the final touch, a FEEL of it. Just like what we have started, there's no perfect plagiarize checker. However, if there's an automated checker, it will be easier for us to filter which are the "potential" violator and we human to make a final decision if it's worth a vote or a kick in the ass. I wish you good day.

12.06.2020 15:24

Have a nice day.
It was a pleasure chatting with you.

12.06.2020 17:42

It's important to invest one's time to understand and develop their niches rather than plagiarising, we stand against it and PH frowns against any form of plagiarism. Whether direct or indirect.

07.06.2020 13:18

It is really a sad thing seeing plagiarize post in the community, seriously if you can fit in a niche you don't need to force yourself joining but just copying others content. There are lot of ways to write a post in your own words without taking a word from others people post. If you have a topic, make research on it, Write it in your own words and use check plagiarize website to check first before publishing, that will really help them a lot.

Love the part you are really emphasizing on this aspect, plagiarizing can't help the community at all.


07.06.2020 13:28

Good initiative @crypto.piotr

07.06.2020 13:49

I shared this post.
I know there are plagiarism-detecting robots on the Internet but I can't remember the names. A possible solution, checking all posts first automatically.

(I hope I can still use my older post content in new posts.)

07.06.2020 14:12

Cheetah was a bot here on Steemit which would comment on posts. I noted it would tag writing I did on my personal website and my Steemit page, as well as sources like Wilkapedia.

28.07.2020 05:59

Plagiarism is definitely an action that should be valued. In my opinion, those who carefully verify it should classify the intent of the plagiarist and assign the penalty accordingly. Sometimes there is no bad intention and other times they are very declared. I understand the position and I believe that the wise decisions for each case are obvious.

07.06.2020 14:19

I'm both a teacher and a journalist... It's very possible that my posts contain large quotes copied from other sources... That's one property of open-source community... People can copy code fragments, improve them and then post the final code to educate users.

Just recently I posted on my personal blog about how to draw QR codes using Linux and Windows... That article contained simplified C++ code created a long time ago by team member of another cryptocurrency... That team member couldn't get his code to compile, so I fixed the code.

07.06.2020 15:51

Read and fully noted.

07.06.2020 16:02

Thank you for bringing this up @crypto.piotr.
Plagiarism is not accepted anywhere, especially when one is trying to make earnings with it.
That being said, posts are easily written when you are writing from personal experience. However, I will advice everyone to do a thorough research when writing about a topic that is not from personal experience. When you do a research and fully understand what you're writing about, you can easily write in your own words, instead of spinning someone else's words, or copying and pasting verbatim.

07.06.2020 16:42

First of all, I want to say that I felt the emotionality with which Piotr wrote this post. This reflects how truly concerned he is about this situation.

I will give a couple of tips to our content creators:

We will always need to consult a bibliographic source, lean on previous articles, so we can "quote" part of these articles that serve as support for our own writing.
When we use the "quotes" we must indicate the origin.

Once we have done this, then we could interpret in our own words, and develop our personal idea, shape our thoughts.

In my opinion, that type of personalized writing has a lot of value.

To finish, I want us to reflect on what Piotr tells us in this announcement:

Our goal is to educate people, not to punish them

It has always been Piotr's philosophy to "educate". From the first day when the creation of Project Hope was devised, the idea was to "educate a group of users".
As you can see, this philosophy is still intact.

Currently, our community is capturing the attention of many users within both platforms (Steemit / Hive).
Our number of subscribers and active posters is increasing. Perhaps for this reason certain "Authorities" within the platforms are more attentive to our activities. This commits us even more to taking care of the correct use of our upvotes, especially in the sense of not supporting plagiarism.

I have always said that the "Community" is made up of all of us and we must be guarantors of its correct functioning, each of us can contribute to achieving this goal. Let's start by taking care of our own content, this will impact the proper functioning of our entire ecosystem.

07.06.2020 16:54

It's really sad to hear about Project Hope members engaging in plagiarism and post spinning again after the team took their time to explain the implications of such act and it was also added to the pin post of the community group! This is really a very bad act or is it that some people I hiding under project hope community to commit this illegal action? Because I don't really understand what's really going on ☹️

In case any of you would commit such an action and would get caught, PH will not be punishing and pursuing such a user. You won't receive downvote. However, if a similar situation will repeat itself, then our support with come to a COMPLETE STOP.

We don't want such users here. They shouldn't think of using Project Hope as their shield to commit such act. Such people should not make use of Project Hope community if that's what he or she intends to do.

I'll suggest that every member of project hope should start fishing out these set of plagiarist or anyone found guilty of such offense should be reported to @project.hope discod channel community group.

The fact is that it's not always okay to do for others what you can't do for yourself! How will you feel if someone starts your content to earn for their personal gain. This is a very bad act and it should be avoided. There are some people who lost their jobs due their habit of plagiarism (this happens in school environment).

Please let's make Project Hope community free from plagiarism because the lack of plagiarism in the community has really helped us grow a lot and we won't allow plagiarist to disturb our great community.

Thanks for sharing this great post with love from @hardaeborla and I hope you have a great day ahead

07.06.2020 17:03

Hello PH guys!It Deeply saddened me that people are resulting to post spinning/ copy/pasting someone else's work. This needed to stop.

07.06.2020 19:47

Friend @crypto.piotr

This has been necessary for a long time, I am very comfortable with this decision, you have my support.

07.06.2020 20:03

This is noted, i as a person will do my best to make sure i write posts that aren't plagiarized.

07.06.2020 22:17

Plagiarism might be the WORST enemy for all content creators.
Going to this far point in fighting it, indicates a serious and wise leadership of PH community
You have my full support
Upvoted & Resteemed
Thank you for your hard work ;)

08.06.2020 04:53

Plagiarism is not just an attack on the community's reputation, it is also an attack on intellectual property.

08.06.2020 06:09

Plagiarism? Copyright? Bah! in these days of ubiquitous and fast broadband access to internet by everyone, those obsolete concepts of ownership are just a stupid capitalistic mirage simply because money is involved. Otherwise, if money wasn't involved, I bet everyone and their pets rather would feel flattered and honored if (again), 'everyone and their pets' shares & spreads their 'original' crap everywhere around way beyond the reach of 'original authors' to gain more traction on their authorship.

Just my 2 cents about this tiresome subject. Yeah! obviously as a 'controversial' Food For Thought to ponder further into and drill deeper in your forehead asap.

Cheers!! :)

08.06.2020 06:31

Resteemed, yes plagiarism is a real threat for our community.

08.06.2020 07:16

Resteem done👍 because I totally share your fight against plagiarism. I'm sure our community will understand the importance of sharing original content. A good idea is that of the banner I think will discourage people to copy.

08.06.2020 08:00

Thanks for the reminder.

We should always endeavour to shun plagiarism and stay original and creative

08.06.2020 08:55

Let me know if I can put my masters degree to work and help sniff out plagiarism.
I helped Sportshub with this task in dual duties as the Sports curator.
Don't want to ruin the flow you have going.

08.06.2020 08:57

I think it's sad that @crypto.piotr has to spend so much time and energy on this subject.

Would you take the apples form your neighbours garden and sell them? No you wouldn't do that. It's the same for content. Don't take content from anybody and let is seem that it is your own.

I think that even if you refuse a payout it's not ok to use content of others. Just don't do it!

When you publish content that is not your own you shed a negative light on yourself, on the community and also on the blockchain itself!

A good tip, if you don't know what to write, write about yourself, what you think, in what you believe. This is much more interesting than copy paste articles about a certain abstract technical subject.

08.06.2020 10:40

It is very important every fight against plagiarism, plagiarism is an evil that for nothing can be supported, so I strongly support any decision taken by @cripto.piotr and the project hope community team in favor of the fight against plagiarism.

It is important that we as users are examples of honesty within this work so that the community is not linked to this evil called plagiarism.

08.06.2020 12:47

Read and understood. I always use my anti plagiarism link in each of my posts.

I agree on that we need teach people and educate how to create original content.

08.06.2020 13:59

Confirmed reading and resteem

08.06.2020 17:35

I agree and understand the vice of plagiarism. This caution is very well noted. I pledge to always keep myself in a clear and blameless path of creating original content in the PH community.

Thanks so much for the information.

08.06.2020 17:36

Many of you will have heard the words I am about to say several times before BUT I make no apology for saying them again as they are immensely important!

People should always write about what they know, about their own unique area of expertise or about their own life. This way there will never be any need to fill out a post with plagiarised/stolen content.

I understand that using the word stolen is very emotive, sometimes it is more like they wrote something whilst relying too heavily on a research source.

There should never ever be use of the excuse...

"I couldn't think of something to write about."

That is not a legitimate or acceptable answer. If you always write about what you know, experiences you have had or the life you lead this answer will never cross the lips. If that answer IS forthcoming, then perhaps that person has no business writing content or calling themselves a blogger, simple, right?

If blockchain blogs are ever going to achieve mainstream recognition and mass adoption they must be seen to be engaging places that harness original, quality posts that people searching for information, entertainment or interesting content are happy to visit

That is my opinion. Now I wish you all a great day an even better week to follow. Now get out there and create some mind-blowing original content that you are proud to place in a public forum for the whole world to read.

I look forward to reading it 😎

08.06.2020 18:46

Late thank you for your amazing comment @stevenwood

16.06.2020 10:56

As long as it doesn't degenerate like the Steemcleaners who destroyed tens of thousands of accounts, that's ok. We should take into account that new users come from other social networks and there are posts that are shared and repeated over and over again the rule (go viral). Plagiarism is a work where someone claims to be the author and it is not. We have to punish that. If I refer to another work with the source, it is not a plagiarism. I hate people who want to put themselves above others !!

It is justified to suspect real violations. This must not lead to regulations. Whoever intends to do so makes himself a judge without the right to do so.

09.06.2020 09:54

Dear @seo-boss

Thanks for dropping by I'm sorry for such late reply. Somehow I've missed your comment

As long as it doesn't degenerate like the Steemcleaners who destroyed tens of thousands of accounts

Indeed. My goal is to educate people, and support those who are creating original content. I do not intend to be a police officers, so I'm also avoiding downvoting any content.

Yours, Piotr
@project.hope founder

16.06.2020 10:53

People like you are the hope :-).

16.06.2020 11:19

Read and understood, it is a great approach!!

09.06.2020 11:25

I am new but I am learning very fast,the guide and regular update I find here keeps me on track.

09.06.2020 22:31

Noted and thanks for being such a meticulous housekeeper, your efforts are appreciated.

10.06.2020 13:17

Understood the best thing is to abstain from plagiarizing as much as we can.

11.06.2020 21:52

Agree. Stop rewards to bandits.

13.06.2020 02:17

Good to have you back @luiscalzadilla :))

I am returning with a new personal project that I had been managing for a few months

I will gladly learn more about project you're managing :)

Cyu soon buddy

16.06.2020 10:46

Oh nice to know there's something like this.

22.06.2020 09:35

It's interesting to note that many of the photos are not of the user's authorship, so creating a link so that people know that it is not of our authorship, is something that is not very clear to me. Since many of these photos are free of copyright

13.07.2020 00:17

Understood, thank you for taking the time to build such a great foundation.

02.08.2020 01:09

Dear @charlesjay

Did you give up on Steemit? Or you just had very long break?

03.08.2020 11:59