How do I tell if a file is a real corrupt PDF or a fake broken file?
May 13, 2014 11:17 AM Subscribe
I make my students submit their assignments (for college writing classes) by uploading them as PDFs to our course management system. Sometimes students submit broken or un-openable files. My question is, how do I tell the difference between a real PDF file that became corrupted somewhere along the line and a fake corrupted PDF file created by a student who didn't do the assignment and wants an excuse?
posted by Tesseractive to Computers & Internet (28 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
I have heard of students changing the file extension on an MP3 to PDF or DOCX and submitting that, then claiming that a virus ate it when it turns out gibberish.
I'm generally pretty flexible about working with students who appear to be having technical problems, and I give students the benefit of the doubt, but I'd like to be better at telling when someone is bullshitting me.
I am generally a computer and internet literate person but I am an English teacher and have limited technical knowledge of how files actually work.