Actually, no. In a foreign policy graduate level paper, there are a few things that I look for which automatically fails a paper:
Blatant plagiarism. Believe it or not, I have this happen about once a year. Oh, and what really keys me in on plagiarism is when the graduate student doing the paper forgets to remove the embedded hyperlinks.
More than five critical errors on the first page. A critical error is wrong word usage (there instead of their - along those lines), formatting errors (using a 14-point font, changing the margins to be 1.25 inches instead of 1 inch all around, or my favorite, using 2.5 line spacing instead of double spacing). Another type of critical error is misspelling more than five words on the first page, etc. Sure, I read the rest of the paper, but if I find those in the front page...
Gross misrepresentation of historical fact. There's a difference between interpretation and fact. Facts do not change. For example, one cannot dispute the facts that nations do go to war. There's no debate on that. But what is up for the debate are the interpretations of what led up to the war or even the intents of the war itself.
No citations of where they did glean their data.
The creation of a straw-man issue - something that, in the much larger scale, is irrelevant, unrealistic, or the like. And a lot of graduate students (and professional historians) often do this to create the illusion of being enlightened.
None of these papers had any of these "red flag" issues which would normally come into play. For the most part, I was pleasantly surprised. Razark commented "lucky students" and there might be some truth to it. But when you read the first ten papers and the lowest grade is a high C (78%), it is very encouraging. The lowest grade in the class on this paper was a 73% (C), but it still was not the worst paper I've ever seen. I'm actually proud of these students.
I've decided I can't do that anymore. I've been doing the "roller coaster weight loss plan" going on nearly 15 years. I have reached the point that I am tired of it and I want off. I've done some research and have come to the conclusion that I needed to radically overhaul my lifestyle. If I don't, I am not going to make it much past 60.
I've been using the app MyFitnessPal (www.myfitnesspal.com) on and off for the past few years. But over the last few months, I have decided to use it the way it is intended. If anyone is interested, my user ID is adsii1970 (who would have guessed that!). Maybe we can start a group of out-of-shape forum members to encourage one another...