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Don't Be Evil (TM). - Jim Huggins
May 23rd, 2007
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Don't Be Evil (TM).
Google Bans Essay-Writing Ads (from BBC News)

Hear, hear.

Yes, this won't stop these services from offering their ill-gotten wares to unethical students -- in fact, the Google search engine will probably still find lots of them.   But that doesn't mean that Google has to take money from them, either.  Good on 'ya, mate.

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From:wildirishrose80
Date:May 24th, 2007 12:35 am (UTC)
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I have to say I'm surprised they allowed it before.
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From:jkhuggins
Date:May 24th, 2007 11:06 am (UTC)
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Actually, it's not terribly surprising, for a couple of reasons.

1) I'm sure Google allows zillions of ads, and I'm guessing that much of the process is automated, with a default of granting access (i.e. taking the money).

2) Paper mills like this all are incredibly careful to state that they do not advocate purchasers submitting their works ... that they're simply providing samples that students can use in order to learn what a good essay should look like. The only problem is ... there's probably only 0.05% of their client base who actually does that. So, while there is a legitimate use for the product, it is dwarfed by the illegitimate uses.

And, yes, people do try to use that argument ... I was part of a judicial hearing at Kettering where a similar argument was used once ...
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From:wildirishrose80
Date:May 24th, 2007 12:58 pm (UTC)
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That sounds a lot like the way a lot of file-sharing applications make you click a button that says something to the effect of "You're not gonna do anything illegal with this, right?" Of course everyone's going to click OK...
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