Things are getting out of hand!
Sometimes, I log into Triond and find some very interesting articles to read, and those are the days I enjoy. Then there are other days that I find articles that are so poorly written, I just cannot understand them. For those people that write these articles, I still respect them, since they are still trying to speak the English language. However, it appears Triond is allowing a different breed thrive here, and that is of the plagiarists. I recently wrote an article on plagiarists, thinking that, though I knew it wouldn’t really help stop the spread, it would alert people to search suspicious articles. My rule of thumb: if the article sounds too good to be written by an average Joe writer, then chances are, I will at least do a plagiarism search for the article. If I happen to see someone post more than 10 articles in a single day, I also tend to investigate to see the cause. Sometimes, the individual is just a great writer, and sometimes they are just trying to mass produce articles; however, sometimes it just happens to be someone trying to cheat the system for a cheap dollar. The last of these three are the kind I cannot stand.
I write this article because today, as I signed in, I saw one individual post what seemed like an endless stream of articles on the Triond page at once, and so I clicked the next page to see if there was anything new from other users. There were two or three users that were mass submitting articles, which raised a few of my usual red flags, and so, of course, I went to investigate. In just a brief check, which took all of 20 minutes or so, I found 15 articles that had been plagiarized!Of course, I made sure to report each article, giving the link to each site to Triond, with hopes that the articles would disappear for good, but I just don’t know why I try to report them anymore, especially since it seems Triond just doesn’t care to stop the plagiarists.
Every single day, a new person pops up, copy+pastes a few articles onto the site, gets views, and gets paid. Meanwhile, the few that actually write meaningful articles get pushed aside, their stuff never read, except by a select few, whom are only reading with hopes that their own articles will be read. I honestly do not mind writing for little- I rarely am keeping up with the site as it is- but I don’t much like others being given the same privilege to write on Triond if they are just here to cheat the system. People wonder why Google decided to essentially kill the traffic to the site, but it is no wonder: articles of poor quality(I’m no saint here), articles barely in English, and plagiarists would destroy any site in the eyes of Google. Personally, I wish we could just band together and report every plagiarist that rears their head onto the site, and maybe Triond’s traffic would return. At this point, it is truly doubtful that it will ever come to pass.
I appreciate everything Triond has done for me since I have been a part of this site, don’t think I’m not grateful. It has given me a place to practice on my writing, whether for better, or for worse. It has given me a place to make a few dollars(only about $50 overall), and it has even given me a place to vent my frustrations, and for that I am very grateful. I will continue to write with Triond passively, as I have done for quite some time, but I do hope that eventually it will reach up out of the abyss, shake off the bugs that destroy the site, and climb back up into the light, where it once was(at least it was in my eyes). I guess what I am asking for now is that we band together and fight plagiarists, at the very least. If you have any comments, concerns, or opinions, please feel free to share, and as always, thanks for reading.