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Stephen Downes

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This article focuses mostly on what people do wrong when citing (or not citing) sources, shich is typical of a lot of ethics articles, but also unhelpful. It does, however, have some nifty names for these wrongs, which could form the basis for a popular infographic. My own approach to citation is to credit sources. Usually this does not mean an exhaustive search to find who had an idea first, because we live in a veritable soup of ideas and nothing - nothing - is fully oroiginal to any person we could credit. So I focus on providing credit for where I got the concept (or article, or image, or whatever). And I'll depend on redactive critics (or some AI of the future) to traces ideas back to their origin.

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