If it's just a tiny little bit different, still not allowed.
If it's different enough, then giving credit is advised. Also, ask before copying.
I know what this is about, so let me just say that HFB made his first, you changed about two words, and you should have asked first. There was no 'flame war' on that topic, just people trying to tell you to give some credit.
Just search before you post! Make sure you keep what you search very generalized, or else you might make a copy of someone else's topic! If you copy and paste someone else's exact wording, then that is considered plagiarism. Plagiarism is a serious crime in the real world and there are some pretty harsh penalties if you're caught. In Hopscotch, we give a little more leeway as we're just kids and aren't perfect!
Also, do you think you can reword your post a little nicer?
I never said you copied and pasted. (fun fact: This sentence has seven meaning depending on which word you stress.) I just said that if you did, there were many consequences. And like BAS said, point systems already exist and there's a very low chance that you managed to have the same wording as HFB.
If you liked his idea, you can just say you liked it and it inspired you. Lying can bring on a ton of guilt, depression, and more side effects.
What does "Kiel" mean? Oh wait, do you mean, "kewl?"
I never shut down any of your ideas. I just said they already existed and posted examples so you could see them. You can do a point system if you want to; I won't stop you.
It doesn't matter the date something was made. It could be made a full year ago, but it still exists. You can revive it, or if you'd like to recreate it, you should ask the original creator. We (the community) don't believe in duplicate topics. But, if you want to make a point system, too, then be me guest!