save them the $20? ha... i was actually thinking about legitamizing the idea a little bit by instituting a membership based website with a one time membership fee... also, by keeping it all centralized, we can make sure that adcoms know about it and thereby have a reference to cross-check any suspicious personal statements--without the original author having to worry about getting in trouble.
That's definitely a working plan. How would we notify adcoms of such a site? And how do we detect/control suspicious activity? (I don't think ad coms would take the time to visit a site to make such cross references).
we notify adcoms by sending an email to the admissions@____.edu for each institution informing them of it. if they choose to ignore it, then they do so at their own peril.detection and control of suspicious activity wouldn't be up to us. it's the adcom's job to identify suspicious applications (i.e., applications where the ONLY bright spot is the personal statement might seem suspicious).also, i remember seeing a dateline news special on detecting cheating in high schools where they showed an online repository of papers and resources that could be used by teachers to detect plagarism in student papers. they way it worked was that the teachers uploaded the suspicious papers to the website, which then did an automated search to find identical passages that matched up with their database. they would then send the marked up copy of the paper back to the teacher with copied passages highlighted and a score of "____ %" plagarized.there may be open source code for something like this that could be easily implemented... just an idea for anyone that's truly interested in getting something like this off the groundQuote from: ruskiegirl on July 20, 2004, 12:51:52 PMThat's definitely a working plan. How would we notify adcoms of such a site? And how do we detect/control suspicious activity? (I don't think ad coms would take the time to visit a site to make such cross references).