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Literature/Writing Guidelines, Rules & Regulations by Cuddlemii: 1:22am On Aug 26, 2012

The community on our section are a great group of people that share Literature/Writing as a common interest,
and we express it through our posting/topics.
Some of us have extended knowledge and experience with writing/literature and arts in general and we're all
here to help to the best of our ability. This section is all about Members connecting with Members(unity & togetherness).

Before you start posting, please, read these Guidelines, Rules & Regulations. If there is anything that is unclear,
or if you're in need of further clarification, please, feel free to contact me on the complaints thread.


1. Navigation/Map: There are three subsections(parts) of the literature/writing section, they are

i) Poems For Review- Topics/Threads for writers and lovers of poetry
ii) Literature/Writing Advertisements(Ads)- Topics/Threads for writers for hire,
writers wanted, books for sale,blog advertisement, creating awareness for a literary competition etc
iii) Literature/Writing- Topics/Threads For writers and lovers of books

2) Threads/Topics:

i) Please search a topic before posting. Certain topics have been addressed here several times.
ii) Please "do not duplicate" your threads. Duplicate threads would be locked
iii) Create threads in the proper section. Threads created in the wrong section are subject to be moved to the right section.
iv) Create threads in the appropriate subsections(Please refer to "navigation" explained in No 1)

3) Fields/Features/Links:

i) Like- Click on the "like" link/button when you like a comment/post

ii) Quote- When you need to reply a poster or make reference to what a poster has said/typed, click on the "quote" link.

iii) Report- When you click the "report" link, it sends a mail with your complaint to the moderator.
This is not a way to reply or post your response to a thread. Your post will not appear on the thread.

iv) Reply- When you need to post on any topic, click on the "Reply" link to express yourself

v) Follow- After viewing a topic, if you would like an update on any post on the thread, click the "follow" link.
And every time you log into Nairaland, these updates would show in the "followed topics" link above.

4) Chat up/Network & meet other members of the section on the "chat central" thread

"Let us know you've just joined us, so we can give you a proper welcome!" cheesy

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Re: Literature/Writing Guidelines, Rules & Regulations by Cuddlemii: 1:24am On Aug 26, 2012


What is Plagiarism & Why is it important?

An act or instance of using or closely imitating the language and thoughts of another author
without authorization and the representation of that author's work as one's own, as by not
crediting the original author.

The word plagiarism comes from a Latin word for kidnapping.
You know that kidnapping is stealing a person.
Well, plagiarism is stealing a person's ideas or writing.
You wouldn't take someone's lunch money or bike, right?
Well, someone's words and thoughts are personal property, too.

What happens when you plagiarize?

i) The original author can bring a lawsuit for appropriation of his/her work against the plagiarist
and recover the profits.(Read section 6(1)(a) of the Copyright Act Cap C28 2004 OR http://www.nigeria-law.org/CopyrightAct.htm)
ii) A person who plagiarizes is subject to being sued for fraud, copyright infringement,
damages, or injunction if prior creation can be proved.
iii)The ease of downloading and copying "untraceable" online information has led to an epidemic of digital plagiarism.
Hence, plagiarism detection software now exists. The person who plagiarizes can be traced online.
Anti-Plagiarism is an international software used for detecting plagiarism which can lead to international legal liability.
iv)Criminal Sanctions that can get as far as a term of imprisonment(5 years)

Most recent case of Plagiarism in Nigeria: Prof. Victor Dike sues CBN governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi for plagiarism.

What is citation?

A "citation" is the way you tell your readers that certain material in your work came from another source.
It also gives your readers the information necessary to find that source again, including:

i) information about the author
ii) the title of the work
iii)the name and location of the company that published your copy of the source
iv) the date your copy was published
V) the page numbers of the material you are borrowing

Doesn't citing sources make my work seem less original?

Not at all.
On the contrary, citing sources actually helps your reader distinguish your ideas from those of your sources.
This will actually emphasize the originality of your own work.

Nairaland has respect for constituted authorities, norms and legislations as such members
that violate a persons privacy by publishing information without permission that is private and
personal will not be tolerated and there will be penalties. If you feel the need to do this, please cite the original author.
If you do not know how to cite, send me a message on the complaints thread or a private message before doing so
and I will guide you on how to post without committing the offence of plagiarism.

Resources for Plagiarism->


Re: Literature/Writing Guidelines, Rules & Regulations by Cuddlemii: 4:22am On Aug 26, 2012
2) Constructive Criticism:
Personal attacks from flaming, name calling, hateful comments on others will not be tolerated.
We take politeness very seriously. You are welcome to tackle peoples' point of view and opinions,
but do so respectfully and thoughtfully.

Treat others as you wish to be treated ! Be courteous!

3)Indecent/Intimate Contents:
Contents that are considered obscene, x-rated, objectionable, offensive, or racist will not be acceptable.
All of such posts will be deleted without notice and the member who posted it will be issued a ban.
This includes images, videos, avatars, gifs & signatures.
Visit the Sexuality section if there is need for you to be sexually explicit.

This section has a zero-tolerance approach on SPAM.
If you post spam, you risk your account being permanently banned and your topic, deleted.
Do not provide links or reference to any fake, scam or illegitimate software or website.
All such links will be removed.

5) Troll:
A troll is a persistent trouble-maker who keeps disrupting the forum in one way or the other:
e.g. consistently posting irritating offtopic comments on other peoples' threads,
insulting people for no reason whatsoever, posting satellite pictures or other images that have nothing to do with anything, etc.
People who make the forum unpleasant for everyone else. Some of them are spammers as well, posting adverts in non-ad sections deliberately.

Penalty- Banned from the section.
This ban can range from 48/96 hours to a one year ban If the troll registers a new ID to continue disrespecting the rules governing the forum.

6) Offtopic/Derailing:
i) Please adhere to posting on topics. Derailing the thread to loose focus/essence of the initial purpose
or subject matter of the thread will result to deletion
ii) Insignificant/Irrelevant/Useless threads and posts will be deleted
iii) Should you have the urge to chit chat or derail, take it to the chat room.
You can signal members to meet you up on the chat room to discuss pressing issues rather than disturb the sanity of a thread.

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