My claims were not baselessI raised a serious issue in my post here, where I stated that plagiarised content was awarded better points/cc as compared to some of the original works.
I don't know what everyone else thinks, but to me, creative writing is about original concepts. The dictionary describes creativity as, 'the use of imagination or original ideas to create something…' and Wikipedia describes plagiarism as "…stealing and publication" of another author's "language, thoughts, ideas, or expressions" and the representation of them as one's own original work."
In my post, I mention three occasions where content that wasn't original was selected over others. My claims are not baseless.
ISC activity - Tickle your funny bone. See if you can spot a similarity here. There are different versions of the same joke, doing the rounds.
ISC activity - Photo Caption. Does Ajay Chaturvedi say the same thing in the second line, as one of the entries?
The third was an entry submitted for the photo-based TOW. One of the entries was similar to a scene in a Tamil movie. I don't know the name of the movie, neither the actors. I saw it a few years back while travelling on a Volvo bus.
I am not casting aspersions, just stating the obvious. I know editors are volunteers, but that shouldn't stop you all from checking the veracity of entries.
Let's not encourage this practice.