# How to handle user that seems to just copy existing answers?

This (in my opinion) probably isn't exactly an ingenious way of trying to get reputation (and this user doesn't have much) as older answers attract much less voting and I don't see who would upvote a copied answer anyway, but the notion still irks me of blatantly copying someone else's work under your own name.

My question is, does this warrant any more attention than a downvote? Should I inform a moderator? Also, after discovering this pattern I feel the urge to go downvote every single one of their copied answers, however that would sort of match the definition of serial downvoting, wouldn't it?

I don't want to draw a bunch of negative attention to this user and am not even sure if this is technically not allowed, hence I am not going to link their profile in this discussion.

• If you feel the urge to address every single copied answer, I don't think a downvote would do much at all. Instead, consider simply adding a comment on the copied answer to the effect of something like this: "There does not seem to be anything different in this answer from [this one](<link>). Did you have any new thoughts on the matter? Otherwise, this does not look original." Perhaps that could help. – Daniel W. Farlow Aug 16 '15 at 17:25
• @WillJagy Yes. On the other hand, in the past, a proven case of repeated plagiarism has been, first declared insignificant (and the whistleblower, who was the plagiarized user, made fun of), then, when evidence became impossible to deny, it was left unpunished. – Did Aug 16 '15 at 20:45
• @WillJagy Again: contrarily to the discovery of a ring of mutual upvoters, which apparently led to collective suspensions, decided reasonably swiftly, at least one clear-cut of systematic plagiarism I am aware of led to no suspension at all (the irony being that the plagiarist happens to be also a member of the ring). So yes, "people have been suspended for activities somewhat related to this" if "somewhat related" means mutual upvotes, but not for the activities this OP asks about, that is, plagiarism. You see me coming: to me, the latter is an order of magnitude more serious than the former. – Did Aug 17 '15 at 19:01
• Yes, plagiarism is a serious offense. It is against both the spirit and the letter of Community policy. – hardmath Aug 18 '15 at 23:02