Notes On Anomaly Detection #1: The Dumbest Crime

FIRE JAMES FOR CRIMES AGAINST THE LEGO COMMUNITY!
  1. You must steal something that is already in public view, which means everyone else can see it too, or something that was sent to you privately, which means a record exists proving it was sent exclusively to you.
  2. It is 100% possible to conclusively prove. You did the deed. This isn’t a matter of ‘those results are unlikely’ or ‘this analysis is highly improbable’. It’s absolute. A = B, you = plagiarist.
  3. ‘Sloppiness’ is not really a defense even if it’s a possible explanation, which is rarely the case. “Whoops, I accidentally copied three-quarters of her chapter! How sloppy!” No.
  4. You cannot redact your work, remove it from the public record or alter it to make it acceptable. The genie leaves the box, and does not leave a forwarding address.
  5. For the deed to benefit you, a maximal amount of people must examine the evidence (i.e. must read what you ‘wrote’).
  6. If you get caught once, the rest of your work will be heavily scrutinised — the whole thing will snowball if it ever starts.

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