Important - A Reminder About Plagiarism

Hey CTzens!

Over the past couple of months, we have noticed an increase in the number of high-quality, user-generated blog posts in the community. We really enjoy reading them; and we encourage you all to keep up your good, original work!

However, we have also noticed an increase in the number of articles that have been plagiarized from other websites. Plagiarism is the act of taking somebody else’s work without their permission and passing it off as their own.

Unfortunately, this is not a rare occurrence on Car Throttle. Over the past couple of weeks, we have received a large number of emails from professionals who claimed (and prove) that their articles had been plagiarized by a small number of particular CTzens. These users weren’t just taking quotes out of articles without permission—these incidents actually involved copying and pasting all of the text without attributing the original author.

Plagiarism is a really big problem because it is no different from stealing someone else’s property. The car community has a vast number of journalists and bloggers (including the staff at Car Throttle) who depend on writing these articles to make a living. Plagiarism really hurts these professionals. And, just like property theft, plagiarism can get you in trouble with the law.

Any posts determined to be plagiarized will be deleted, and you will be given a warning by our moderators. In severe cases, repeat offenders will be banned

Here are a number of steps that you can take to avoid plagiarism:

  1. Don’t copy and paste articles from other websites on the Internet. This is a severe form of plagiarism.

  2. If you want to use images from other articles/sources on the Internet, make sure you give credit to the original owner (unless the image is copyright-free). You can attribute the image source by listing the name of the publisher or the URL that the picture came from (e.g. Source:

  3. It’s always a good idea to include links to the websites you used to get your information from! Check the Formatting Guide for information on how to insert website links into your text!

  4. If you decide to take a quote from someone else, make sure you give them credit! (e.g. According to Kyle Ashdown, “Mia has much less body rust than Phil.”)

Thanks for taking the time to read this important post! The staff are very proud of user-generated content here at Car Throttle, and we will do our best to support quality, original work made by CTzens!



I’ve only come across one plagiarised blogpost so far (something to do with the Citeza V16 I think). But does that mean there are more hiding in the shadows???

06/16/2017 - 21:43 |
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I know of one more that was posted months ago and got over 200 upvotes. :/

06/16/2017 - 22:02 |
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Forza Napoli

I suggest the use of APA rules for blogposters. Yes, it might be annoying to use and get used to, but it’s fair if your post involves work from third parties.

06/17/2017 - 00:17 |
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APA rules?
What’s that?

06/17/2017 - 14:27 |
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Mini Madness (Group B squad)(Furrysquad)

@Kyle Ashdown why can’t i find the formatting guide EASILY this might mitigate this problem. to a better degree

06/17/2017 - 08:39 |
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Andrew G.

This why all my images have been sited for the past few months. Also, I think its a better idea to use Flickr or Wikimedia Creative Commons images when necessary. Only use ithe images when absolutely necessary or if it falls under fair use.

06/18/2017 - 16:57 |
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I wholeheartedly agree, however this is kind of ironic in a community were most of the content is reblogged pictures of stanced sportscars.

06/20/2017 - 21:49 |
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I hope none of mine have been plagiarized.

06/22/2017 - 04:35 |
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I can’t believe people have gotten us all to this point. It’s called a blog post, you blog what you have or make something interesting USING YOUR OWN WORDS. Not tear out a page of someone else’s work to inflate your own article. That’s called being lazy, don’t be a lazy writer.

06/24/2017 - 03:47 |
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Nerdy moustache

One word about this: memes section.

06/24/2017 - 16:35 |
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meme is a repeated idea, so by default it doesn’t count.
however the creator should have there work sited and sent it to
i haz for mass distribution

08/01/2017 - 20:38 |
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I always mention sources on my blogs , and I think everyone should because as blogger the most frustrating thing is to read your content on some else’s without giving credit

07/13/2017 - 18:27 |
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