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  • I am here to report DarkKing1295 for stealing content wholesale from SmashWiki (http://www.ssbwiki.com/). He has taken pages, templates, and images, and claimed them as his own here (with few if any minor alterations). It looks like this started in December sometime. Some minor reseach on our wiki should make it fairly self-evident how much he's copying, but if necessary I can provide specific examples. It would be appreciated if you could revert his thefts and try to ensure this does not happen again.

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    • Please excuse my interjection but after reading this I could not stand idly by. DarkKing works tirelessly on this Wiki; I find it very hard to believe that he would steal content. Besides, when two Wikis have the same topic, of course they are highly likely to have the same images and templates on them. Additionally, I am sure that SmashWiki doesn't make all of these images themselves; with that logic, they stole those images from the Smash website! Or Google images! Or wherever they found them! Do you see how ridiculous that sounds? Therefore DarkKing could not have stolen these images. As for the templates, that goes back to my first point; when two Wikis have the same topic, they are extremely likely to have similar formats for many things. DarkKing is a hard-worker on this Wiki, and people that work hard know better than anybody that the easy way out is not always the right way. What with copying another Wiki's content (which as I already said is quite possibly pure coincidence) being an 'easy way out', I say that DarkKing is innocent of these irrational accusations.

      Personally I would love to see this 'evidence' of yours.

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    • Here's an edit he made. Here's our page on the same subject, as it appeared at that time. I think you can draw your own conclusions from simply comparing the two texts. If you're somehow still dubious, I have much more damning evidence, but it involves asking DarkKing1295 a question on how he created a particular image.

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    • Yes, these pages are quite similar. However, in your claim you accused him of doing this to multiple pages. I am not saying that he did not copy this page; it is too compelling to dismiss. You have made his offense sound much more severe than it is; this one page will be an easy fix. In regards to this 'image' of yours, I highly doubt you would have created it yourself; seeing as how this is SmashWiki and Smashpedia, the image in question is highly likely an image from one of the Smash games. You cannot 'create' this image, you can only take a screenshot of the frame you paused the game in. It would be quite easy to replicate an image of such caliber because, for example, if I saw an image of Smash 4 Ness using his forward smash on the Suzaku Castle stage, all I would have to do is pick Ness, go to the stage, use his forward smash and pause the game in the exact instance in which the move was being executed, and then take a picture. The two images would look nearly identical, but would be different nonetheless because they were taken by two different people. DarkKing owns all of the Smash games, so it is easy for him to get images for just about anything in any of the games. I would say that there is a high chance that the image in question was in fact taken by DarkKing with the symptom of being nearly identical to an image on SmashWiki.

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    • All you have to do is trawl through his history to find more and more evidence. Randomness, Sakurai angle, and Powershield are all clear plagarism of our pages by the same names. Template:Moveset Table is a quite blatant example that this isn't just about content pages, sharing the exact same mechanics and subtemplates as ours. Template:Buff, Template:For3ds, Template:Uv...

      As for images: If he made the images, he should be able to provide the original screenshots that he proceeded to crop, and I invite him to do so (for maybe two or three). Once he does or doesn't, I can show a few that should prove that they are ours and not his. It is true that two people can take similar screenshots, but I propose that it is almost impossible for two people to create two screenshots where every single pixel is identical.

      I would also like to be very clear: The problem here is that he copied without attribution. If he also added to all these pages and images some sort of template that marked "this is originally from SmashWiki, here's the link", I wouldn't have nearly as much of a problem with it. That said, it's still a terrible idea, because I believe that seeing two wikis with the same text at the same page name hurts both sites in the long run search-engine-wise.

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    • http://supersmashbros.wikia.com/wiki/Smashpedia:Requests_for_adminship/DarkKing1295#Additional_comments

      One final argument for the road: Final Fantasy Wiki uses a similar table to the Moveset table. Their table is different, but I thought it worth bringing up.

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    • Sorry for being late, I've been taking exams. I will look further into this issue tomorrow.

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    • I have looked further into the issue, and it is without argument that DarkKing has definitely plagiarized the pages you have linked. I have reverted the plagiarism seen so far, and in the case of new articles, I have gotten rid of most of the content in the hopes of rewriting it later. I will be watching his edits in the future, but I alone cannot keep track of everything he's done up to this point.

      The only thing I cannot see so far are the moveset images; I have looked through ssbwiki and I do not see any of them.

      I am more than willing to attribute templates to your wiki, though I too prefer we keep our templates separate for the most part. By attribution, do you mean having a link on the template page, or on all the pages the template appears on? If it's the case of the latter, I would rather change the templates themselves.

      Anyways, sorry about this. I will try to keep a closer eye on edits from now on.

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    • I think the moveset images are indeed original content, they can stay. (Though I guess there's a non-zero chance they're stolen from someplace else...)

      I would prefer to see the ripped off images and templates go too, but attribution is okay. The most sensible thing to do would be a template on the image page or template page only, not on all the usages, stating something like "this is taken from SmashWiki, click here for the original". Obviously the downside is that having such a notice might encourage other people to take our stuff and just slap the marker on, which I don't think helps anybody.

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    • Yeah, I think we should just remove the templates altogether. :/

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