"Les Cargill" <email@example.com> wrote in message news:firstname.lastname@example.org... > Rune Allnor wrote:
Thanks to Rune for the heads-up.
> Usenet is faaaaar too slow for that....
Rune's message (which my newsreader indicates was posted at 5:40 PM yesterday my time) received two responses (at least on CSSM; I haven't checked if it received any that were posted solely to comp.dsp) within 40 minutes; posting a request for "help" at the very beginning of an exam and coming back to that question at the end is possible.
I think with Rune's warning the gurus can be on the look out for posts that seem like exam questions. The CSSM gurus are pretty good about spotting homework questions; I'm guessing the comp.dsp gurus are as well. This will be similar. When we see one, we can alert the rest of the community with a message like "This sounds like an exam question, so I'm not going to answer now; come back in six hours or so." as Eric suggested.
In addition, using Usenet for cheating by asking the exam question will generally leave a fairly indelible trace with at least Google Groups (and in the case of CSSM the MATLAB Central newsreader) and other sites archiving posts for posterity. [Yes, I know there are ways around this, but those aren't foolproof either.]
Finally, I'm curious to hear from Danish educators; the Google Translate translation (which is actually pretty good) of the article indicates that they've allowed this since 2008. Has cheating via Usenet newsgroups been a big problem for your exams since then?