Mav Edit: This was a discussion going on in the Pet Peeve thread that I thought would make a good discussion thread on it's own. (The posts from there have been moved to here.) There was a thread discussing the same thing several years ago (you can find it here) but seeing as how that was 2008, and things have changed in the world of writing and fanfic since then, a new thread is probably the better idea than bumping that one. ~*~*~*~*~*~ I kinda have a question involving the plagiarism pet peeve. Would it be wrong to steal a half written story, edit/change what was posted and finish it (without the author's consent)? There is a story over on the JC classic fanfic forum that was never finished and the author hasn't even logged in since 2003. I'd love to finish it but I would NEVER do above thing, even though I'd probably never get caught because it wasn't well-known and I'd change it a lot. Would there be any ethical (and board allowed) way to finish the fic? I'm asking because I know most of us are peeved by unfinished fics and I'm sure some of you guys would like to finish fics that have just bugged you.