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Speaking of pointing out the obvious, WritingWrongs...did you really need that (sarcasm) at the end of your comment? Your sarcastic tone was painfully obvious.

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WritingWrongs- dude. I've read about three of your comments and I seriously hate you. You're sarcastic, but not in the normal kind of funny way. You sir, are an asshole, excuse my French. I personally feel you shouldn't be on this site just to shoot people down and make yourself feel like some kind of smart person for pointing out other's wrongs. You seem like the type of person who, when met off of the Internet, would be either a complete pussy or someone I would really enjoy getting a good swi

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Hi all - I'm OP. I actually went to talk to my teacher and it turns out when he tells us to do "citations" he automatically assumes we know he actually means "footnotes". I accidentally started crying during our meeting and I think it freaked him out, so he's offering me a chance to rewrite it! Ah, the power of a girl's tears!

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There are other ways to cite your sources than footnotes, like in-text citations. The OP wasn't necessarily plagiarizing, or citing incorrectly, they were probably just using a different method than what the teacher wanted.

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OP, always ask your profs which citation style they prefer before doing a paper. It's usually on the syllabus if they have one. Since it sounds like you do face-to-face classes the first day of class is really important to pay attention to since that's usually when they'll tell you things like that. Most of the time it's either APA or MLA style which does have quite a number of differences between them.

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Normally, I would not condone using tears, but as he OBVIOUSLY didn't communicate what he expected from you on the paper.. Well done!

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OP - you cried to make him change the rules for you! You manipulative asshole! And stop this BS that this is the first time the teacher ever said you needed footnotes.

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Strange that he didn't specify it before, but I can understand both parties. Thanks for cleaning it up!

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@128 "I aggressively shove my world view in people's faces and treat them like they're idiots for not immediately sharing my worldview and they don't like me - is it my grating personality? My self-absorbed opinion about my worldview? No, it must be that they hate the truth."

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She wasn't fake crying she was crying because she was genuinely upset. I've had that happen to me before that I've been so upset about a bad grad I started to cry. It doesn't mean she's being manipulative it just means she actually cares about her education and mistakes

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Even if you had known what he wanted and messed up, that's still a horrible way to teach. Not just because he didn't bother to actually tell you what was wrong and went for a "sassy" response, but also because he didn't grade the rest of it at all. A lack of footnotes shouldn't have kept him from being able to actually grade the whole thing.

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She's not really gloating Id say? I saw it as a humorous observation. The fact so many threw a fit over it is sad. It's not fun to cry in class, even if it's just in front of a teacher. Getting in trouble with an authority figure like a teacher always made me fight back tears, sometimes losing.

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I just graduated from college and never have I been asked to write a paper using footnotes instead of inline citations. Glad you got it sorted out OP! And I know the humiliation of accidentally crying in front of a teacher when you're stressed and upset, so I'm glad it ended up working in your favor.

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Unless he told them what standardized format to use, and it was one that ONLY uses footnotes. For example, if I tell students to use CMofS and they use in-text citations then, yes, it's wrong.

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Perhaps OP wrote on the wrong topic, in which case the teacher may have considered an explanation unnecessary.

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Reminds me of a cyanide and happiness comic I once saw. A guy asked a friend to highlight anything he thought was stupid, he read it and then highlighted the guy's face.

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I'm pretty sure an X over your paper would be worse than an F, considering that F's are only 50-40% where I'm from.

"... and then the battle for Middle Earth was won, and the Hobbits returned to the Shire. The End." I can see why you failed, OP. You totally left out Gandalf, the most badass of all the great historical pioneers.

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I have a classmate who believes that Narnia exists (including the talking animals), and that King Arthur, Excalibur, and Camelot is historical fact.

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King Arthur might be rule. They can neither prove or disprove it (although they are skeptical). Tbh it's a bit like the whole argument for and against God.

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Now see what you've done Doc? You've destroyed the hearts of all the young girls who believe Twilight is real.

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I'm still not sure how you can experience heartbreak from an emotionless bitch and a sparkling vampire.....

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Doc, I can actually say I've never seen the movies or read the books. And I never will. It's sad that the younger generation pays more attention to entertainment than real world issues.

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Op is incompetent and irresponsible if she/he doesn't take the initiative to go see their professor about what they did wrong.

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It's op's responsibility to ask the professor after class what op did wrong. Not the professor to write on the essay what op did wrong. We really don't know much about this FML maybe op messed up the essay completely or had a lot of bad examples. We don't know.

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Actually, I feel a need to throw in my 2 cents in here. It's a teachers job to Teach, right? Crossing out everything and saying 'Really' although amusing as hell is NOT educational in the least. As an educator you should at least make SOME effort at constructive criticism, and if not then at least 'Really? See me during office hours so we can talk about this' would have been a bit better I suspect.

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