My question

Is this website that claims to provide paper writing services real and legal?

was (rightly) closed as shopping question (I'm a dumb newbie in Academics SE).

I'm not interested in reopening the question: I've accepted the (excellent) answer.

A (IMHO) reasonable suggestion: the check-questions-bot can warn "Your link [...] shopping question. See [...] Edit if required."

Editing out the linked website was surely a necessary action. But...

An (admittedly) twisted question: it was sufficient? Many similar/cloned web sites can be found googling some of the quoted phrases. Ditto for a Google Images search of the posted image.

  • What is the check-answers-bot?
    – GoodDeeds
    Jul 14, 2020 at 15:29
  • @GoodDeeds, all the questions pass a little test before being accepted. V. gr.: if the question has zero tags, the check-questions-bot (my name) can say "add 1 to 5 tags". Jul 14, 2020 at 15:40
  • @GoodDeeds, see mi correction. Jul 14, 2020 at 15:45
  • 3
    The bot is site-wide (across SO and all of SE). Academia.SE is tiny by comparison, and the shopping question ban is specific to Academia.SE. It's very unlikely the company would put dev time into this for just one small site; it's likely not a trivial task to detect shopping questions, and even though we've closed a lot of them I doubt we have a sufficient sample to train an AI to do the check without a substantial error rate.
    – Bryan Krause Mod
    Jul 14, 2020 at 16:02
  • @BryanKrause, thanks for the information. Jul 14, 2020 at 16:20

1 Answer 1


No. This question is a shopping question because it asks for an evaluation of a service. Hiding the identity of the service does not change that.

  • Re: "Hiding the identity". Then, what does "[...] edit your question to ask how to make your choice in general and without naming any particular options." mean? Jul 16, 2020 at 8:51
  • Re: "valuation of a service". Actually, I am utterly skeptic even about the existence of the service. Self-quote «("ethics" !!!!!) suggests that the site is a parody...». Jul 16, 2020 at 8:59
  • @Martín-BlasPérezPinilla Scammers do not wish to target intelligent people. An example of a potentially on-topic, (but unwise) question is "How do I identify a high quality ghost writing service so that I can commit fraud effectively?" whereas your question seems to be "Is this particular ghostwriting service an effective way to commit fraud?" Jul 16, 2020 at 9:07
  • Since you're not planning on committing fraud, please don't ask about it. Jul 16, 2020 at 9:08
  • "Since you're not planning on committing fraud, please don't ask about it." OK, but... I sincerely believe that the answer by Captain Emacs can be useful for dumb-and-lazy students and dumb senior lecturers (like me). Jul 16, 2020 at 9:16
  • I think the question you want is "What should instructors do to reduce paid cheating?" or maybe "What is paid cheating?" Jul 16, 2020 at 9:46
  • "contract cheating" is the correct term, I think Jul 16, 2020 at 10:51

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .