Many a time have I seen people posting problems and asking for solutions on this website. Sometimes, if I feel like, I tend to help them out. Yesterday, for the first time in my life, I experienced something disgusting.
I was browsing through the feed and I noticed a question. I read it. It felt kind of easy to me. So, I fired up my Sublime and prepared a solution, which worked. Obviously, I didn’t want to completely spoil the questioner, so I voluntarily didn’t include the complete solution.
Feeling glad to help, I pasted my code to Ideone and shared a link as a response and provided links to some other resources that might help solve the rest of the problem. As it turns out, I committed a grave mistake!
Few minutes later, I found out that my responses along with few other really helpful ones have been flagged and removed. Reason being, the question was from an ongoing contest in a different website, I never heard of. I feel sorry to say that this implies that I’ve taken part in this awful act of plagiarism myself!
Today again, I see another question in the discussions, which seems solvable. I would like to help. But, before that most importantly, I would really appreciate if anyone could just share some methods, using which I would be able to know whether the questions I respond to are from ongoing contests.
Hope this topic helps other users too. Thank you very much.