One part of reading grant proposals Proflife Substance particularly enjoys is that it makes him think about his own work differently. But, he says, "herein lies a dilemma with all reviewing — determining where the line is between stimulating independent thought and leaning on someone else's ideas."
Responding to Proflike, Namnezia says that generating research ideas based on another's proposal is arguably "like insider trading. … By the same topic, if you go to a meeting and get an idea from a poster and repeat the experiment better in your own lab, is this stealing?" she asks. Athene Donald expands on this, saying that a similar dilemma can arise when reviewing papers: