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Site exposing Guttenberg plagiarism wins award

The Local · 23 Jun 2011, 09:59

Published: 23 Jun 2011 09:59 GMT+02:00

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The Grimme Online Award was given to the internet platform GuttenPlag Wiki, it was announced on Wednesday in Cologne.

“The net is political, creative, innovative and also an important element of collective scrutiny and individual participation,” said Uwe Kammann, director of the Grimme Institute, a respected media research institute.

The voluntary workers at the ‘GuttenPlag Wiki’ were honoured for the idea, the initiative they took to start the site, and their authorship.

“The jury praised the fair and impartial operating principles of the administrators of the wiki,” a Grimme Institute statement said. The project made it clear that text comparisons can be well organised on a collective basis, and show what possibilities the internet offers for collaborative work, the institute said.

The website enabled enough proof to be gathered of Guttenberg’s plagiarism to force his alma mater Bayreuth University to launch an investigation, which concluded that not only did he copy large parts of his thesis but that he did it deliberately.

Guttenberg, who was once considered a rising star within the government, resigned in the wake of the scandal and has, for the time being, disappeared from political life.

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14:52 June 23, 2011 by Englishted
Well done, may I also offer my congratulations via The Local.
15:06 June 23, 2011 by ChussKeDweele
I wonder if he will ever admit he didn't write anything but had some other paid monkey do the work for him.

Better: Dear ghost writer, please come out of the closet.

Even better: Dear ghost writer, I hope you are the same paid monkey used by the FDPers and also admit to that.

Wouldn't that be awesome?
15:24 June 23, 2011 by catjones
The Grimme Online Award is just like all the other award sites.
16:19 June 23, 2011 by trash head
> The Grimme Online Award is just like all the other award sites.

16:58 June 23, 2011 by german-guardian
@ Englshted

We don't need your congratulations
17:24 June 23, 2011 by trash head
> We don't need your congratulations

We dont need your comments, so what?
17:57 June 23, 2011 by neunElf
I wonder if they will ever expose any wrongdoing by politicians of the left?
18:21 June 23, 2011 by Englishted

Can you cut and paste?

Then you could at least get my name correct.

If you work for the Grimme Institute as you imply with the use of "we"

then please pass on my congratulations to you work mates if you have any.

p.s. Does this mean you are not my friend ?.
18:32 June 23, 2011 by trash head
> I wonder if they will ever expose any wrongdoing by politicians of the left?

You could particpate and find the first plagiarism of a politican of the "left". Everyone can participate for free and im looking forward to your first plag entry. With this you can also prove yourself and this portal here is saved from the your crap and little penis entrys :-)
19:00 June 23, 2011 by Jack Kerouac
"I wonder if they will ever expose any wrong doing by politicians of the left? "

That's right. Both sides of the political spectrum do dodgey things, and yet these "in the closet" typists have this attitude of "I don't agree with your political point of view, so I'm going to find dirt on you and ruin your career". Something about sitting around all day trying to expose people you don't like seems so..petty. Stop judging others and get a job. Nothing will change for the better while everyone is finger-pointing and 'burdening' themselves with personal vendettas.

And what is with the nastiness, trash head? You can't have an opinion without putting down another 'Local' member?
20:06 June 23, 2011 by Englishted
@Jack Kerouac

"putting down another 'Local' member? "

clever double entendre on trash heads last comment.
05:43 June 24, 2011 by DrStrangelove
"I wonder if they will ever expose any wrong doing by politicians of the left? "

That point has been made about 10,000 times in the comments on the Guttenplag site. However, no one ever stepped up to the plate and actually dug up something. Lame.

My tentative explanation is as follows: Plagiarism is a form of opportunism and hucksterism. Opportunists and hucksters are attracted to the parties in power, or to those parties that are more likely to be in power. The FDP almost always used to govern. Highest rate of hucksters. CDU up next - second highest rate.
07:57 June 24, 2011 by harcourt
I'm always surprised how many contributors rise to the bait of the few loonies ( I think we know who they are) Most of the regular loonies don't necessarily read the articles they just like to have an argument with their old adversaries !!
18:41 June 24, 2011 by Jack Kerouac
@ Englishted - what is an "entendre"? That's not a word as far as I know. All I meant was that this should be a place for discussion rather than people calling each other names and all of that.
19:38 June 24, 2011 by harcourt
Jacques Kerouac

"double entendre" is French for double meaning Zut Alors!!
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