It is some time since I last wrote about Viper, a free service which called itself a “plagiarism checker,” housed on a site called ScanMyEssay. It is worth writing again, because there are a number of changes in Viper’s services and in the Viper business model.
It’s an ill wind, they say, an ill wind which blows nobody any good.
Covid-19 / coronavirus is spreading, more people are affected, the global death toll keeps rising, and at exponetial rates. Businesses are closing, in some cases for good. Parents are having to stay at home to look after children whose schools are closed. Stay indoors, do not go out unnecessarily, keep your distance, wash your hands. The times are grim, the news is grim, we are all indirectly and directly affected (and if we aren’t affected yet, we will be).
The times are bringing out the worst in us, the times are bringing out the best in us. While many selfishly rush to stockpile and the shops empty and more are happy to flout emergency regulations, we also see much that makes us proud : the selfless dedication of medical personnel and others in key services, new community awareness, measures of environmental recovery too. These may be bad times but there is much that is good too, generosity and compassion..
Even cheat sites are playing their part. Well, one at least is. A special offer in the face of global catastrophe, Continue reading
In my last post, Guest what?, I described how I got intrigued by an article extolling the virtues of online essay writing services. It was posted on a website devoted to trashing the Royal Dutch Shell oil company. The article seemed so very out-of-place that I started investigating, both the gripe site itself as well as article.
Although the article, 10 Interesting Facts about Online Essay Writing Services, reads as if talking about essay writing services in general, it gives no names, no examples. There is, however, a single hyperlink to one of these services. It links to a site well worth looking at more closely. It might even be worth sharing and discussing with students, the better to put them off any temptation to use such sites themselves.
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