A victim of a widely-spread
error: A computer user intends to use an original document as a template, copies it into the Windows clipboard, pastes it into a new document and does the changes. The user, however, does the changes in such
a sloven way that the new text still contains
numerous elements of the original one, and therefore blurring
the intended meaning of the new text. The unmodified
elements however should
have been changed
the text internally consistent. Copy paste victims often work under a strong pressure of time and can be found
in all social classes.
Boss: Please prepare the shareholders meeting minutes. I need
Secretary: All right, boss. Can I use the last
meeting's minutes as a template?
Boss: Sure. Just make
sure, that you got everything.
<Secretary proceeds as described above: Exampe - Original: "The meeting was held
on May 10, 2004."
Copy: "The meeting was held
Secretary: OK, boss. I have prepared the minutes for you. Here they are.
Boss <after a brief study, with a worrying facial expression>: Oh, no, you copy paste victim! You forgot to change the year. The meeting was held
27, this year and not last