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Unoriginal? I've never seen it!

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Top of the 12:37 AM to you all. I have a small subject to discuss with errbody here today. The issue of the word "unoriginal" has been passed around a lot of PMC, and I think that it's finally come to a head where people are legitimately getting upset at seeing this word and the many meanings that it may have. I guarantee you, though, that the word isn't being used in the way most people imagine it is.

Now, before we go into the specifics, I will admit one thing: unoriginal was a badchoice of wording for PMC. Being a wordophile myself, I feel that the way that this word is thrown around by both moderators and members is a bit disheartening, not because it's being used but because many people don't seem to really 'get' why we use it - and yet, on a daily basis, people report content for being unoriginal and/or content is deleted by moderators for being unoriginal. In most cases it's used in the proper context, but, I wish to explain this is a more public environment.

We'll start with some wordplay. When most people think of the word "unoriginal", they liken it to synonyms like hackneyed, cliché,unimaginative, imitative, predictable. I'm sure most of you know where this is going, but, I'll skip the dictionary time and go straight to the point: this isn't what we mean.

It's a very easy mistake to make, because that IS what unoriginal means. This isn't, however, how (I think) the creation of the word "unoriginal" came to be on PMC. The "real" definition of "unoriginal" here has a completely different context. First, let's pick out the antonym of this word: original. This is an easy word to grasp, and when put side-by-side with unoriginal you can see the obvious similarities, but the problem is that the rules tack another word onto this: original content.This is where the butcher made a mistake and accidentally lopped off an extra finger.

These two, very common phrases have very different meanings, and this is where members get confused. There is no easy way to describe "unoriginal content", because it doesn't make sense. Original content, however, is its own term that has some very complex guidelines associated with it. Obviously, we have our own set of rules which dictate what is declared as original content on PMC, and said ruleset can be found hereon the forums.

Wikipedia defines "original content" as "user generated content", and in reality this is what it all boils down to. Most of the people who get confused with the term unoriginal are those who use programs to generate content for them & post them. When the content gets removed for "unoriginality", the content creators become confused as the aspect of their content being called a copy, a duplicate, inspired by another work, unimaginative: I mean, they've never seen anything like it, it's original, right? Yes, you are right, it is original in that context - but it is not user-generated content. It was made by a computer. A program beep-booped the codes together and spit them out for you.

The same applies to pretty much any section. Having a program write you an essay, having a program generate terrain for you, filtering texture packs & skins (although that falls more under remixed content - remixing pieces of user-generated content that wasn't generated by you- if you user isn't you, it is remixed user-generated content, which is not allowed), it's all non-user generated content. It is program generated. It is "unoriginal".

I hope that this clarifies any issues that members have had with myself, or moderators in general, over the concern of the word "unoriginal". I'm learning just as much as you guys are - while writing this blog out, I realize exactly how much of a problem this actually is, and that the best option for us is to rename the "Unoriginal" field to either "Program-generated content" or "Non-user generated content". In theory, it should help the issue of moderators using the "Unoriginal" response when they should be using the "Remixed Content" response (in terms of wording, both technically mean the same thing, but again many moderators and members are looking at the word Unoriginal literally), and it should help ease those who get content removed in the future, as they should have a better understanding of exactly what part of the rule it breaks, rather than feeling that they are being accused of copying somebody else, or simply having their content removed for being "unimaginative".

I should also clarify that we do not remove content for being unimaginative. If you are re-making a concept that somebody else has done, you have full right to do so. We will NOTremove content for simply being a "copy" of a "concept"/"idea". This is not grounds for removal. Please do not report things for being "unoriginal" if they are simply ideas which are similar.
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04/06/2016 10:15 am
Level 7 : Apprentice Network
Legendarian
Question out of curiousity, how do you detect a program-generated skin?
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10/05/2015 10:33 am
Level 29 : Expert Mountaineer
Creatizkit
This blog is unoriginal.                    xD
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10/21/2014 7:39 pm
Level 29 : Expert Mountaineer
DouglasWarren
gracias








( 3 cheers for 4th grade Spanish class!)
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07/11/2016 2:39 pm
Level 41 : Master Wolf
Oka Cola
Gracias por este post! ( I realmente prestado atención en español ) :P
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06/27/2016 7:12 pm
Level 41 : Master Vampire
vampfire
SO TRUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
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03/18/2014 2:58 pm
Level 6 : Apprentice Architect
pastrypuncher
"A program beep-booped the codes together and spit them out for you."

Hehe.

As for "program-generated" content, I support you fully within the confines of PMC, however,  in the long run, I do plan to generate much (non-minecraft) content - with my own programs and art, of course. It fascinates me. All about scope, I suppose.
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03/10/2014 8:59 pm
Level 14 : Journeyman Dolphin
Stikbro
Thanks! Too bad I have a program-generated texture pack. Time to delete it.
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02/21/2014 4:40 am
Level 25 : Expert Miner
TrustworthyInspector
Very nice! Has any unoriginal stuff been found by you?
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02/21/2014 4:45 am
Level 25 : Expert Miner
TrustworthyInspector
In the middle of Original Content.  and Then, you forgot to put a space.
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10/22/2013 4:08 pm
Level 28 : Expert Spider Rider
Erizu
Very nice!
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10/09/2013 7:31 pm
Level 20 : Expert Button Pusher
jedijoe_
It was made by a computer. A program beep-booped the codes together and spit them out for you

that statement was funny
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09/21/2013 9:26 pm
Level 20 : Expert Caveman
ServerModder317
well... that would mean all my world painter creations i have to get rid of.... um my answer to that, no.
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09/21/2013 10:45 pm
Level 84 : Elite Scapegoat
Paril
I don't know what you're saying. This blog isn't asking a question, it's telling you how it is.
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10/12/2013 11:31 pm
Level 20 : Expert Caveman
ServerModder317
no my comment is the question and the answer
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09/12/2013 11:28 pm
Level 28 : Expert Geek
c165
Good blog.
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08/23/2013 1:59 pm
Level 5 : Apprentice Crafter
th3ee3picmstr
can you write a simplified version below i find this confusing :3
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09/04/2013 3:56 pm
Level 29 : Expert Architect
JassyMC
Uh, they're not going to rewrite it for you. Nothing much that concerns members with a small amount of posts, anyways. xD
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09/05/2013 11:10 am
Level 5 : Apprentice Crafter
th3ee3picmstr
very funny -.- i havn't posted much because i am trying to make something that will stand out so keep your jokes to your self - Which comes to the point of originality
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09/05/2013 3:45 pm
Level 29 : Expert Architect
JassyMC
Not joking a whole lot. Just letting you know that one of the head moderators on PMC isn't going to rewrite one of their blogs in simpler terms to one individual. I'm sorry for making you mad.
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01/13/2016 8:19 pm
Level 23 : Expert Nerd
Hazlf
You don't have to be so rude. th3ee3picmstr just dosen't understand, it's nothing to pounce on them about. Maby you should explain it, insted of being a little smart aleck. He just needs help, nothing big. Everyone needs help sometimes.
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10/16/2013 8:57 am
Level 29 : Expert Prince
Mishoo
Jassy dats really rude...
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08/21/2013 11:27 pm
Level 1 : New Blacksmith
smashcraftbukkit
i have an idea stolen is onoriginal now thats final!
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08/21/2013 5:10 pm
Level 16 : Journeyman Engineer
Nianor
What happened to this pacific rim mod that was floating out there? It was a W.I.P, and from what I could see the other pacific rim mod was MUCH lower quality, but one day I see it as flagged and the next I can't find it. Please explain. I saw the mod and got so exited, then it just... vanished.
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08/21/2013 6:30 pm
Level 84 : Elite Scapegoat
Paril
It wasn't a mod, it was an idea. As our rules state, ideas go in forums.
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08/21/2013 8:04 pm
Level 16 : Journeyman Engineer
Nianor
It had progress stated in it.
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08/21/2013 8:10 pm
Level 84 : Elite Scapegoat
Paril
Until it has a download, it's an idea. Him and I discussed it and worked it out, it isn't really your concern.
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08/22/2013 2:24 am
Level 16 : Journeyman Engineer
Nianor
You guys may have worked it out, and I'm glad to hear that, but I was looking forward to it. Is he still working on it?
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08/22/2013 2:59 am
Level 84 : Elite Scapegoat
Paril
Probably. I don't know.
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07/31/2013 4:11 pm
Level 47 : Master Architect
Hobojimmeh
Interesting blog :D
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07/30/2013 3:27 pm
Level 45 : Master Necromancer
MCJapanga
Hey Paril i sent you a Personal Message of some Ideas.
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05/28/2013 4:51 pm
Level 7 : Apprentice Crafter
fighterbunny_
HELP PARIL!!!
I lost my account and made a new one and have somehow lost that one too (It says email is incorrect)
Account 1: fighterbunny
Acc 2: fighterbunny II

Anyway.. I obviously now want to either get them back or re-upload my projects... I tried but PMC recognized my skins and uhmm can u do something?
I would prefer it if i could have my orig. account back! If you cant do that then delet my skins from PMC on my original user and then I can re-upload them.

-fighterbunny_ =]
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05/28/2013 7:58 pm
Level 84 : Elite Scapegoat
Paril
PM me your email. It's probably just the wrong email.
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05/30/2013 1:43 pm
Level 7 : Apprentice Crafter
fighterbunny_
ok, but i had only one email when i made my first account :P
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05/22/2013 3:54 am
Level 40 : Master Sweetheart
LaLibelluleyez
Spot on and very straight-forward! Good job explaining it all honey <3
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05/28/2013 7:58 pm
Level 84 : Elite Scapegoat
Paril
<3
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06/19/2013 5:45 pm
Level 9 : Apprentice Miner
Kitty Mittens5683
:O
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08/13/2013 10:07 am
Level 36 : Artisan Sweetheart
xBrettBusinessx
O_o
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08/21/2013 5:06 pm
Level 16 : Journeyman Engineer
Nianor
*.*
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10/04/2013 6:57 am
Level 7 : Apprentice Farmer
Proud_Aussie
:O
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05/17/2013 3:43 am
Level 52 : Grandmaster Princess
RevolutionalRedStone
What about if i write a program which generates content for me ?

(For example; i have programs which Ray-Trace my Minecraft scenes to produce better imagery; i use heuristic argorithms to help me compact my circuits and i have even written a new Redstone designer which automatically handles the construction of efficiant data bussing.)

It sounds to me like the term un-original should be replaced here with something like 'Non-Stochastic' or 'very-low in entropy'.
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05/17/2013 10:40 am
Level 84 : Elite Scapegoat
Paril
We replaced it with "program-generated content".
If a program is generating the placement of your blocks, it is likely going to be considered program-generated content.

-P
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04/26/2013 9:13 pm
Level 1 : New Explorer
LeTrollFish
To me, the problem is PMC is so popular and there's so many posts, if you make something that you made up yourself, just by coincidence someone else has that part/inspiration.
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04/27/2013 1:04 pm
Level 84 : Elite Scapegoat
Paril
It happens, yeah. That's why I wrote this post.
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04/25/2013 8:34 pm
Level 24 : Expert Network
NOTAVALIABLE
paril i was wondering if i made a mob arena with other mini games would it be stolen? and unoriginal because it took quite a while to make and i dont want i t to be unorigonal
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04/25/2013 8:51 pm
Level 84 : Elite Scapegoat
Paril
If you don't steal from another user, you're fine.
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03/02/2013 5:16 pm
Level 4 : Apprentice Warrior
Walruswaffle
Paril this guy posted a skin made by linken www.planetminecraft.com/skin/viking-1762885/
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03/01/2013 6:44 pm
Level 45 : Master Pegasus
ezanrki
Well when reporting stolen projects, I always flag them as unoriginal because i figured that is what they are, original content uploaded again makes it unoriginal right? i guess not. in that case, what would be the appropriate category to flag stolen projects under? Duplicate?
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03/01/2013 6:46 pm
Level 84 : Elite Scapegoat
Paril
Remixed Content.

-P
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03/01/2013 2:04 pm
Level 23 : Expert Explorer
Jeanine
Its just the teen skins that bug me....
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02/27/2013 5:46 am
Level 38 : Artisan Engineer
Blitzgrutel
Coooooooooooooooo! So here, legit IS considered!!!
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02/28/2013 2:53 am
Level 64 : High Grandmaster Blob
taa1taa
i think you forgot to add "L" to the end of your long long word "Cool"...
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