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People post puzzle or contest problems, without making any attempt to solve them (simply copying the original question). These questions get upvoted - not because the OP did a good job, but because the original source is good.

Examples (all copied verbatim from a contest, with no attempt at solving the problem):

A Dynamic programming problem

Permuting rows in an array to eliminate increasing subsequences

The answers are very interesting and I like reading both questions and answers.

Should such questions be converted to community wiki by moderators instantly, when they are first seen?

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You wonder if for some programming problems whether it breaches copyright to post it. –  Andrew Oct 29 '12 at 21:23
    
That's one person, not "people"; though I agree with you it does happen. I'm not sure it's a massive problem but the lack of attempting to solve normally mean I vote to close / downvote. –  ben is uǝq backwards Oct 29 '12 at 21:23
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Converting the question to CW would force all the answers to be CW, so no. –  Gilles Oct 29 '12 at 21:24
    
@Gilles Ahh I didn't know about that.. I suppose this answers my question. –  max Oct 29 '12 at 21:26

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If you feel the questions do not show research effort, downvote them. That's exactly why downvoting is for.

Community Wiki is only meant to encourage collaboration, and nothing else.

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Those are very old questions. Do you have any recent examples? Under current practice, such questions would nearly certainly be closed.

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