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    Default Plagiarism in Wikipedia

    While searching for information on packing problems in mathematics I noticed two hits in the list that have identical excerpts. One was in Wikipedia and the other from a book listed on Google. That caught my eye immediately so I checked it out.

    The article here:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geometrical_frustration

    contains long sections of identical text from the book here:

    http://books.google.com/books?id=pG6...roblem&f=false


    The book is not listed as a reference and it is not attributed as a source for the text published in Wikipedia. The book is still under copyright.

    Perhaps someone would like to lodge an objection?
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    Not me, I have better things to do.
    Who's to say the book guy didn't plagarize yet another source?

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    Well Evan, given that you're singlehandedly responsible for the overhaul of the Canadian postal system ... apparently. If you find this entry so objectionable, rather than posting about it on a bulletin board on machining, of all places, why don't you lodge an objection? Heck, you may even use the facility I believe Wikipedia has in place specifically for that purpose!

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    As Evan is so interested in "setting things right" and chasing rabbits down holes - why doesn't he do it or more particularly why hasn't he?

    I'd sure appreciate seeing him credited for/with having the plagiarism recognised and remedied.

    But, to give credit where its due, Evan did find it and it seems that WP's filtering systems did not.

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    Who's to say the book guy didn't plagarize yet another source?
    Nobody may say he did, including you. Even if it were true it makes no difference.

    why doesn't he do it or more particularly why hasn't he?
    I don't know how.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Evan
    ..........................................

    I don't know how.
    You WHAT???

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikiped...rticle_problem
    Last edited by oldtiffie; 12-29-2010 at 04:54 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldtiffie
    You WHAT???
    ok, that was funny!
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    Last time I tried I got mired down in some sort of mess that wouldn't allow me to proceed. I gave up on it.
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    That's really funny coming from you.
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