From your moderators: STOP posting NBME questions, please

Discussion in 'Step I' started by SoCuteMD, Jun 4, 2008.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. SoCuteMD

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2005
    Messages:
    8,680
    Likes Received:
    717
    Status:
    Attending Physician
    Please stop posting NBME questions. This is a copyright violation and against the Terms of Service at SDN. I know that everyone is stressed, but I promise that Step 1 will end, most of you will be happy with your score, and that next year will be much, much better.

    Lots of :luck: on the exam.
     
  2. Thread continues after this sponsor message. SDN Members do not see this ad.

  3. SaturdayDwarf

    SaturdayDwarf Member

    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2006
    Messages:
    106
    Likes Received:
    0
    Status:
    Medical Student
    can we paraphrase?
     
  4. Tiger26

    Tiger26 Senior Member
    Physician

    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2004
    Messages:
    1,443
    Likes Received:
    88
    Status:
    Attending Physician
    As much as I'll comply with the rule, the only question I have is how this is different than a group of friends sitting around after an exam and talking about the questions? The written word on an online forum is just a new medium for the spoken conversation.
     
  5. DwyaneWade

    DwyaneWade Reiging *** Cynic

    Joined:
    May 7, 2006
    Messages:
    669
    Likes Received:
    0
    Status:
    Resident [Any Field]
    It's a private forum so the rules are rules, but I agree with Tiger26.
     
  6. 45408

    45408 aw buddy

    Joined:
    Jun 13, 2004
    Messages:
    16,980
    Likes Received:
    40
    Status:
    Resident [Any Field]
    SDN can't be held liable for what you say to your friends.
     
  7. tfom08

    Joined:
    May 2, 2008
    Messages:
    562
    Likes Received:
    2
    It seems like paraphrasing something isn't that big of a deal legally (for instance, Goljan paraphrases too many questions to count in his lectures) and that was for Kaplan so if NBME could sue anyone you would think it would be him. But maybe that is because he got the info second hand? I'm not sure. The thing that bothers me is when people post the topic of the question in the subject. I mean, by the time you take an NBME, you could be prepared for 10 questions just from reading this board and it's no longer an accurate assessment.
     
  8. SaturdayDwarf

    SaturdayDwarf Member

    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2006
    Messages:
    106
    Likes Received:
    0
    Status:
    Medical Student
    Agreed. I like when people post the word "spoiler" in the title - so I know not to look.
     
  9. SoCuteMD

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2005
    Messages:
    8,680
    Likes Received:
    717
    Status:
    Attending Physician
    The written word is copyrighted (at least in this case).

    It's not exactly a rule so much as law.

    Think of it like this: you can smoke weed in your house and if no one sees you, you probably won't get caught but that doesn't make it any less illegal. If you go stand on the street corner smoking weed, you're going to get caught.
     
  10. SoCuteMD

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2005
    Messages:
    8,680
    Likes Received:
    717
    Status:
    Attending Physician
    You can ask questions that RELATE to the topic. You can not actually paraphrase, as that requires citing a source (or it's plagiarism) and you can't do that with the NBMEs.
     
  11. SoCuteMD

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2005
    Messages:
    8,680
    Likes Received:
    717
    Status:
    Attending Physician
    I'm closing this topic now. I urge you all to use your judgment. If you find yourself asking "Do you think this would be allowed?" then chances are it won't be.
     
  12. SoCuteMD

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2005
    Messages:
    8,680
    Likes Received:
    717
    Status:
    Attending Physician
    Once again, a reminder. DO NOT post NBME questions, or remembered test questions.
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page