Not naming names.
@Slaz gets all the props for somehow locating the original art this was stolen from (really, well done man):
Just as we suspected, the account that was posting stock photo low res previews as his own sketches has been, for a good while now, spamming the platform with cropped in photos of other people's paintings, and claiming them as his own.
So more than a month on from our original discussion of this problematic user ( https://community.narrative.or...ther-people-s-images -- ) have we decided to take proper action yet?
In the last pay period, he stole $66 USD from the Rewards Pool ( 0.3 % of the pool ). That's an improvement from the 199 USD ( 0.47 % of the Pool) from the previous April/May joint period.
But it would still only take 100 users doing what he does, to take 30% of the pool. Better get a handle on this before word gets out that this hustle works.
Please keep in mind, in Nigeria for instance, the minimum wage is only N30,000 per month ( $85 USD ), recently up from N18,000 ( $56 USD ).
Child labor is common in Nigeria ( https://theconversation.com/ni...ing-in-a-city-100068 -- ) . A family could teach their children to post plagiarised art on Narrative, and to upvote accounts, and earn more through that than the adults earn by working themselves.
I hope the Team is aware of the economics the platform is up against, when it comes to removing the incentive to spam Narrative with plagiarism.
Our current paradigm makes it impossible to ban people, and we also don't seem to be taking any action against accounts that plagiarise.
It makes the Voice model of requiring certification for all users ( https://www.narrative.org/post...option-for-narrative -- ) look like the only solution - but I hope it isn't: I like that people don't have to certify here and a lot of users do.
I've noted his posts get about 20 votes, systematically. Not able to see what mix of downvotes and upvotes of course. My guess is there are maybe 5 real Narrators downvoting them, and 15 users upvoting either because they are dummy accounts, or because they upvote everything on that niche in the hopes of their own low effort posts being upvoted.
This balance is struggling to get the posts below the low quality threshold.
Thoughts from Narrators and the Team would be appreciated.
One measure the system could take is to identify the accounts that are systematically upvoting his content, and demonetise their votes as applied to his content but only at rewards computation time. This way, he would think his dummy accounts are still working, and still keeping his content above the low quality threshold often enough to profit. But when the pay period arrives, the computation disregards those votes, resulting in no payout.
The system could also flag those accounts so if they start upvoting another account systematically, that new account is flagged as one to watch for infractions.