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A note on plagiarismlike my coding?
I'm pretty proud of it. This page actually took me a good part of a day to code, roughly 6-8 hours. But like any skill, learning how to code successfully took me a good part of 6-8 years. A lot of time, hard work and practice has led up to the final product you see here. I'm always glad to hear when people find my work inspiring, or simply appreciate it. I consider it to be a work of art, in a way, so I'm glad if it inspires you. However, there is a fine line between inspiration and theft. Even designers with the best of intentions can unknowingly cross it, so if you struggle with it, this section is for you.
On the other hand, there are people who will maliciously rip off other peoples' work, claim it as their own, and live out the rest of their thieving lives in a perpetual state of denial. This section would be lost on them, unfortunately; they are evil and cannot be helped.
what is theft?
Simply put, theft (or plagiarism) is taking something that belongs to someone else and claiming it as your own. Even if you change a few words around or replace the graphics, copying the basic structure of a page is still theft. Even if you give that person credit, but you didn't ask to "borrow" their work, it is still theft. Even if you really like and look up to the person that you copied an idea from, even if it was a really, really good idea, it is still theft.
theft's best friend: ctrl + c
The best way to avoid plagiarism is to not copy and paste. Let me repeat that: do no copy and paste. It's really easy to do, but that doesn't make it okay. Remember, unless stated otherwise, taking content directly from a page without permission is stealing, even if you give credit to the source. And especially if you don't.
theft v. inspiration
As The Neopets Team has already expressed:
Without the right tools, it can be difficult to learn a new craft, which can lead to frustration, which can make it very tempting to "borrow" someone else's work. Make sure you have a solid knowledge base and develop a set of basic skills before you start "publishing" your own pages/coding and claiming them as your own original work. Keep in mind that anything worth doing and worth doing well is going to take time, and practice.
think of it this way:
Every building has a foundation, along with building materials like bricks, wood, nails, glass, paint…those are all pretty constant, right? What's different is how they are manipulated and fitted together to create a whole.
For example, the foundation of a page—CSS and HTML—can be manipulated and structured in many different ways to create a unique design. Does that mean you can copy and paste an entire code, and jumble it around and call it your own? No. That's like rearranging furniture in a house—it may look a little different, but essentially the room still contains the same things.
To be original, you have to build your own "home." You start will the same foundation and the same basic tools and supplies, but you have to construct it in a way that makes it one-of-a-kind.
The one exception is copying to learn.
It's one thing to use a section of someone's code to learn how to manipulate it and see how different commands with have different effects, for the sake of practice and learning. However, keep in mind that what you create as practice is still not your original work, and should not be claimed as such. My advice is to copy a particular section you are having trouble with on a blank page to learn, but then delete it and take what you have learned and apply it in an original and creative way, without copying and pasting.
Simply put, if someone can recognize your work as previously being theirs, you have crossed the line—you have stolen it. Through a mixture of ideas, manipulation and your own creative ingenuity, your work should be unrecognizable as to where the inspiration came from.
Keep in mind, theft is also in writing, concepts, words, artwork, designs and ideas. The content of a page—-words, ideas and concepts—-are tangible items that can be copied and stolen as well. If someone comes up with an original idea, it is stealing to take that idea and use it as your own. Make sure you use the same level of creativity and originality in the content of your pages.
It is a great feeling to create something original that you can be proud of. And that comes from many long hours of dedication and hard work. Along the way, you will probably encounter several troubleshooting problems that will require creative solutions—this is where the opportunity to grow comes from! A true professional goes about his or her work honestly and seeks out answers or advice when they face a difficulty, instead of stealing the work of others. Be proud of what you do and seek to handle every situation with integrity. Don't be a thief!
If you're unsure of how to do something, feel free to neomail me with questions. There are many great sites with tutorials and advice (listed below)--make good use of them, so that you can be proud of your own work!
please respect my hard work and do not steal