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    Don't get too close, I bite! Nicky's Avatar
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    Winner of FREE web hosting!

    A short while back we run a competition with a fantastic prize kindly donated by
    KDA Webservices:
    http://www.kdawebservices.com/

    The challenge was to write a poem about web design, marketing, ecommerce, SitePoint
    or the community in whatever poetry form you choose. This can be a limerick, free verse,
    or even a haiku.

    We will pick one winner for the following prize:

    ~ 250Mb Web Space
    ~ 6Gb Monthly transfer
    ~ 250 POP Accounts
    ~ 100 Sub Domains
    ~ 50 FTP Accounts
    ~ Mailing Lists
    ~ 10 MySQL Databases
    ~ Unique IP Address

    This prize has an approximate value of $400.00 (US) so understandably it attracted a lot of interest.

    We have picked the best entries and would now like you, the community, to vote for the winner!

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    STEELSUN

    I'd like some free hosting
    or I would not be boasting
    about my poetic skills.

    I may not be the best designer
    but at least I'm not a minor
    these kids think I'm over the hill.

    Some of us work for a living all day
    and maybe get in a little play
    and we have to account for our bills.

    The young ones are home from school
    learning the newest web and code tool
    and zooming in for a first person kill.

    But contests are our chance
    to do a little dance
    and win one for a thrill.

    ___________________________________________________
    SPARKIE

    Twas the night before deadlines, and all through my head,
    not a motor was churning, all circuits were dead.
    My boss' idea? A website to make!
    "No problem," I said to myself, "piece of cake."

    And now as I sit here, alone in the dark,
    my monitor glares at me, where do I start?!
    Now more than ever, I needed a hand.
    I can't just do nothing, I'd surely get canned!

    When all of a sudden, my mind dares portray,
    An orange and white arrow, pointing the way!
    Away to my keyboard, I flew like a flash
    And typed "H-T-T-P-colon-slash-slash"

    My computer, disgruntled, had started to whir
    My hard drive was crackling, my monitor blurred.
    When what to my to my weary eyes should display?
    A SitePoint Advisor! Hallelujah, I'm saved!

    A programming genius, the community brain,
    I knew in a moment it had to be Wayne!
    And lined up beside him, his leaders, so proud.
    He gave them all titles and called them aloud:

    "On Creole! On Saltire! On Aspen and Marc!"
    "On Nicky! On Fluffy! On Webkat and Spark!"
    "To the Web Design forum, go update the FAQ!"
    "And when you're done there, lurk in General Chat!"

    As volunteers, all of them gladly obeyed.
    I had to admit, I was simply amazed!
    So down through the forums, their knowledge they shared
    To those of us (like me) who came unprepared.

    I learned about Java and HTML,
    ASP, Flash and MySQL.
    I was ready to conquer, I'd soon show my boss,
    I could make a website, all hope was not lost!

    I made not a sound but went straight to my chore,
    With dozens of articles piled up on the floor.
    A click of my mouse and the files were transferred,
    I couldn't believe how much I had learned!

    I sprang from my chair, my work was complete.
    At last I could get some much-needed sleep!
    I thanked all the members, then got ready for bed,
    Thanks to SitePoint, I had mastered the Web.

    ___________________________________________________
    SOON VAN

    It started with a dream
    To spread information
    From room to room
    And then it boomed
    Across the seas and through space
    With ads and banners
    From one site to the next
    The web became vexed
    The dream is no longer
    Nothing more than fodder
    For the advertising dollar
    Last edited by Nicky; Jul 1, 2001 at 15:10.

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    I like them all! They should have to share the prize.

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    omg Sparkies will win no competition.

    Sparkie, EXTREMELY clever!!!! that was really great! I hadn't thought about all those rhymes and stuff for sitepoint!

    To all the entries, and esp Sparkies, congrats!
    ~%$-shock-$%~

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    Good stuff!
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    Um...sparkie.

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    Thy're all very good, but I think Sparkie's is extremely creative and kind of funny, so I'm going to have to say Sparkie.

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    Yes....my vote has to go to Sparkie too
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    there was no reason for a poll..


    and the winner is.......

    SPARKIE!

    congrats sparkie on the victory, and congrats to everyone who entered! great contest!
    ~%$-shock-$%~

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    I liked Sparkie's but it lacked originality.

    She used the beat/pace from The Night before Christmas which, in a sense, is plagarism.

    that's just my 2 cents....
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    Originally posted by techie2003
    I liked Sparkie's but it lacked originality.

    She used the beat/pace from The Night before Christmas which, in a sense, is plagarism.

    that's just my 2 cents....
    Plagiarism? Definitely not.
    plagiarism: a piece of writing that has been copied from someone else and is presented as being your own work
    Sparkie used the theme from The Night Before Christmas, but she didn't copy any of the actual content of it. Therefore, it's not plagiarism.

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    Skills to Pay the Bills Sparkie's Avatar
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    Look it up.

    Plagiarism is defined as "the taking of passages and similar ideas from another's work and representing them as one's own"

    I dont see anywhere in my poem that I mentioned Santa Claus or reindeer. Heck, I didn't even mention Christmas! Sure, it followed the same beat, but I've heard hundreds of variations of the Night before Christmas. Are they plagiarising too?

    Just a word of caution for the future, you should always back up your claim with some plausible proof before you go making accusations.

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    Mine was a few days late <sigh> I thought it was pretty funny too! Ah well.

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    In Musical Circles, Sparkies entry would be called a Filk.
    Filk

    /filk/ [SF fandom, where a typo for "folk" was adopted as a new word] A popular or folk song with lyrics revised or completely new lyrics, intended for humorous effect when read, and/or to be sung late at night at SF conventions. There is a flourishing subgenre of these called "computer filks", written by hackers and often containing rather sophisticated technical humour. See double bucky for an example. Compare grilf, hing and newsfroup.
    Today though these have grown out of the sci-fi genre and cover a lot of different songs. This is how Weird Al, Dr. Demento and even Monty Python made/makes a lot of their songs by changing the words of currently popular songs to suit their needs.
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    "... an Amish Paradise..."

    "... It's All About The Pentiums..."

    "... Another One Rides the Bus..."


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    Sparkie, I didn't mean to offend you or anyone! I'm just saying that I see "tints" of plagarism here. I'm still in school see, and of course plargarism is a big issue in schools, espcially college prep schools.

    And lately, I've learned to, er, "spot" plagarism in my own work and others as a skill useful for many purposes.

    Ask any scholar, and they'll say that there are many degrees of plagarism. (the following is just my opinion as a student/scholar.) Using the same meter in poetry as another poet, whether it be iambic pentameter or dactylic hexameter, is not plagarism because meter is something that every poet/writer is licensed to use. And also there exists a standard of meter.

    However, look at sonnets. A sonnet consists of 14 lines of iambic pentamenter and many poets have written sonnets, the most famous of them all, William Shakespeare. But William Shakespeare took his sonnets to a different level and gave them a certain rhyme scheme, being: a,b,a,b,c,d,c,d,e,f,e,f,g,g. that is characteristic of shakespeare. That scheme belongs to him, some scholars would consider.

    Therefore, it is my conclusion and mine alone, that using the rhyme scheme and rhythm of another poem is, in a sense (as i had said before), plagarism. It all depends on how you look at it.

    Perhaps looking at this through the window of poetry is not as convincing as perhaps through the eye of music.

    Take your favorite song, whatever song it may be that you hear on the radio with lyrics. Someone has taken the time to write both music and lyrics to their song. Though not all artists do this, Blink 182 is an example of such an artist/group who compose their own songs. Another is Savage Garden. Now say take Savage Garden's song I Knew I Love You Before I Met You, strip it of the lyrics and keep the music, melody, and rhythm. Change the topic of the song and add a new voice and it would still be considered plagarism.

    mjames: your definition is not the correct definition of plagarism. There are many characteristics of plagarism. Ask any professor. It does not have to be "copy" of another's work. A more proper, though not adequete, definition can be found here.

    Sparkie: Again, I didn't mean to offend you. I merely came to the poll, voted and saw an overwhelming amount of votes for your poem. I read all three trice and after voting, I read them again. And I still felt that my vote should not and would not have gone to you, as it didn't, for my reasons above. And it just seemed to me that I should point out that it is in a sense plagarism. I know that you didn't mention Santa Claus, Christmas, or whatever, but it doesn't matter. (not in my mind anyway)

    wayne: you're probably giving it a more proper term than I am. Thanks, for knowing what I meant when I made that statement about plagarism. I placed it, however, at a more serious degree than intended, and thank you for bringing down to the appropriate level.

    Again, these are my two cents.
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    Originally posted by techie2003
    mjames: your definition is not the correct definition of plagarism. There are many characteristics of plagarism. Ask any professor. It does not have to be "copy" of another's work. A more proper, though not adequete, definition can be found here.
    I beg your pardon, but my definition of plagiarism is and was correct - although it may not have been the most appropriate definition given for this particular situation, it is a valid definition according to an actual dictionary. I did not make it up out of thin air. I think instead of telling me what's correct and what's not correct, you ought to hold off on wrongly accusing others of things.

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    Pardon me while I wade into this little debate..... As a university major I am totally familiar with the matter of plagiarism, and I should point out to techie2003 that Marc's definition of plagiarism would pass for an accepted definition for universities worldwide (particularly in Australia). Again, you could consider it to be 'different levels' of plagiarism.

    The definition of plagiarism varies slightly between each institution and fields of writing, but Marc's definition does encapsulate at a basic level (at the very least) what plagiarism is. And as quoted in your source, techie,

    The spectrum is a wide one
    Now if we must insist on discussing the merits of plagiarism further I will probably have to split the posts off and make a new thread.....
    Last edited by BC; Jul 9, 2001 at 04:19.
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    I agree with you BC. Sorry Marc about saying your definition was "incorrect", though in my mind it is.

    The above posts are just my opinion (and please accept it as my opinion) and I do not wish to further a discussion on plagarism here.
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    No problem, Techie2003

    You are, of course entitled to your own opinion.

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    U GO GIRL!!!!!

    Sparkie...all the way...that is SO cute and VERY clever.
    LOVED it!!
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    Thank you Martie and thank you to everyone out there who voted for me! You guys are the best!
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