September 16th, 2004


Need some assistance

ETA: Three volunteers on the case shortly. Shaddyr, if you see this, don't do any more non-drabble Gutter archiving til we talk, okay?

I'm not entirely clear on the actual details or situation yet, but there is an (apparently) young new author on one of the lists that feeds the Sandlot archive who may be, on the generous end, borrowing a bit too much from another author, and on the non-generous end, plagiarising.

I've lived through this one before, and those of you who have been with me that long, I'll have another post about *that* situation real soon now. Anybody out here in Starsky and Hutch fandom?. It's very time consuming to check out and handle a plagiarism case. And unfortunately for me, I am working 7 days a week, 12-14 hours a day. There's no way I can investigate this properly, and the author in question has four other fics on the Sandlot already. I need a volunteer who is willing and able to review those four fics and try to rule out any wrongdoing in them -- there haven't been any accusations against those four. The fic in question has not been archived yet at the Sandlot, so I can hold that aside until there is time for me to properly contact the 'author' and see what's going on in her head, but I'd prefer to know about the other stories before I do that.

Yeah, vague, I know, but I don't want to try and convict anyone when I haven't even *read* any of the stories in question yet. The potentially plagiarized author is aware of the situation and remarkbly mature and copacetic about the whole thing, so I feel fairly comfortable in taking some time to check it out properly. My gut feel on this is that we've got a young'un who doesn't know her manners yet, which will either mean a rapid resolution or a very ugly scene, if there turns out to be a real problem.

I'm babbling. To summarize: Anyone out there willing to check these stories out for me and see if they're stolen, borrowed, or all-clear? Reply here, because I am sneaking at work and can't get to email from work at all.


(yes, I should be in VA with my family celebrating Rosh Hashanah, but I am instead working nonstop, so I might as well try to get this rolling while I am still here.)