How should plagiarism be handled at online communities like TED Conversations?
An interesting exercise in socially catalyzed ethics is burbling on a TEDConversation that debates Darwinism and Creationism.
What makes the question unusually compelling isn't the question.
Rather it is the fact that the question, according to several commenters, is plagiarized. Several paragraphs, it seems, have been cut and pasted from the internet, with no source citation.
The questioner and some who have defended his arguments have made no visible effort to correct or explain the ethical, if not legal faux pas.
Though they have interacted with commenters who have noted the apparent plagiarism. And some uncivil comments have been removed, though it is unclear by whom.
TED policy http://www.ted.com/pages/conversations_terms suggests it is intolerant of plagiarism.
Questions specific to this situation are:
1. How does and/or should TED Conversations handle this?
2. How and/or should TED commenters respond?