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Anthony H Member Since: Feb 22, 2017
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I saw a job posting today that has many variations, but this one was really as blatant as I've ever seen. It said, "Needed urgently ... a writer to write a paper for my class." The posting then went on to explain the particulars of the paper, which, evidently (this is April) was a very specific and involved paper for a college level history class. Probably a term paper, a major part of this person's grade.

Any reaction to this? Whatever the price, is it something you do? I've seen postings for people to write someone's thesis, for chrissake. I always think, "Yeah, for $100 and a Masters degree, I'll write your thesis." 

 

I'll start off the confessions: I'm actually ghost-writing a paper for someone that seems very much like it's a school project. The client didn't say ... but I have my suspicions. Due to this, the creepiness of these assignments has been on my mind lately.

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Petra R Member Since: Aug 3, 2011
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Anthony H wrote:

I saw a job posting today that has many variations, but this one was really as blatant as I've ever seen. It said, "Needed urgently ... a writer to write a paper for my class."
Any reaction to this?


Click on "report as inappropriate" and report it as academic fraud, which is forbidden on Upwork.

 

Move on.

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Anthony H Member Since: Feb 22, 2017
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Aha. Did not realize. Uprwork is ahead of me here. Good to know.

 

I do read postings that sound like "academic fraud" on occassion. Must be quite a few slip between the cracks.

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Douglas Michael M Member Since: May 22, 2015
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Anthony H wrote:

Aha. Did not realize. Uprwork is ahead of me here. Good to know.

 

I do read postings that sound like "academic fraud" on occassion. Must be quite a few slip between the cracks.


Not quite ahead of us. We have begged and pleaded for years for a specific violation-reporting category of academic fraud, and we still must write it in—and typically explain in painstaking detail the nature of the violation: the human screening of these specific reports is inadequate to the requirements of the task. The cleverer solicitations for plagiarism don't seem worth reporting, since the screeners seem so unfamiliar with academic protocol and ethics that they only "get" the most blatant violations. As a freelancer, one develops a sense.

One touchstone when prospecting: "Is there any conceivable business or social context outside of academia where the work product would have the least bit of value?" If the answer is no, there you go.

edited to add: One does not have to begin from a position of cynicism to arrive thereat after years of observing Upwork's thriving and ill-policed market for academic fraud.

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Mary W Member Since: Nov 10, 2014
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Extra kudos to Douglas Michael for use of the word "thereat".  Well done!

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Isabelle Anne A Member Since: May 19, 2014
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Mary W wrote:

Extra kudos to Douglas Michael for use of the word "thereat".  Well done!


Ashamed to say I've never seen it used before today and had to Google it. Bravo Michael!

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Renata S Member Since: Jun 10, 2014
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Douglas Michael M wrote:

Anthony H wrote:

Aha. Did not realize. Uprwork is ahead of me here. Good to know.

 

I do read postings that sound like "academic fraud" on occassion. Must be quite a few slip between the cracks.


Not quite ahead of us. We have begged and pleaded for years for a specific violation-reporting category of academic fraud, and we still must write it in—and typically explain in painstaking detail the nature of the violation: the human screening of these specific reports is inadequate to the requirements of the task. The cleverer solicitations for plagiarism don't seem worth reporting, since the screeners seem so unfamiliar with academic protocol and ethics that they only "get" the most blatant violations. As a freelancer, one develops a sense.


At the very least, I wish UW would allow me to add screen shots to my comments so I could explain in detail what I was looking at and why it should be investigated. Pictures seem to help. If its something I'm really concerned about, I try to put together a screenshot essay that details my thought process and I send that to one of the mods after I flag the post.

However, I have to be concerned enough about something to get past the idea that it takes a ton of my unpaid time to do this.

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Mary W Member Since: Nov 10, 2014
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This is academic fraud.  There are many threads about it.  It is blatantly wrong to post these jobs and to actually work on them.  The job should be flagged as academic fraud and if it is that obvious, it will be taken down.  In the past, FLs who are adamant about the wrong-ness of these jobs have actually contacted the professor and/or the Dean of the school that the fraudster attends.

 

Most if not all schools have honor codes prohibiting this activity by students.  These jobs are also against the TOS.

 

IMO, this is despicable.  Period.  No excuse.

 

 

 

 

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Phyllis G Member Since: Sep 8, 2016
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These fraudulent job posts ebb and flow with the academic calendar. I've flagged a lot of them in the past week or so.

 

Each of us can choose to be part of the problem or part of the solution.

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Virginia F Member Since: Feb 15, 2016
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Upwork doesn't really seem to mind these job posts (though they say quite the contrary), so I don't bother flagging anymore. Not too long ago myself and another FL noted a profile (after she came to the forum for help) that seemed to be filled with nothing but academic fraud jobs. Of all the things that supposedly get caught by algorithms, you'd think jobs with blatant headings like "write my research paper for me" would get noticed. Considering Upwork's "eagle eyes" on all of us and our job performance, you'd think they'd notice when someone appears to be making money by doing other's homework ... you'd think, but you'd be wrong.

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