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He's gaming two websites at once. He's a genius. –  user27414 Sep 28 '10 at 20:59
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he didn't crospost. He takes some other user's question, ask it on SO, then posts back the SO answer as his own answer on MSDN –  Remus Rusanu Sep 28 '10 at 21:03
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@TheLQ, the real problem here is that the user is not following the attribution rules: blog.stackoverflow.com/2010/08/defending-attribution-required –  Pops Sep 28 '10 at 21:18
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@Pop: The attribution rules apply to the SO answers but MSDN forums don't come with a cc-wiki license. Their content is copyrighted, period, so copying their questions is actually an infringement. –  Aarobot Sep 28 '10 at 22:42
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@Pop: Anybody posting copyrighted content on an SE site is relevant. If it constitutes copyright infringement then the content needs to be removed. –  Aarobot Sep 29 '10 at 2:03
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This one is somewhat amusing: social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/transactsql/thread/… and stackoverflow.com/questions/3781787/multiple-dates-query — it was answered by Fritz, and the jerk kept Fritz's name in the answer when he pasted it over there. So now they think his name is Fritz… –  Dori Sep 29 '10 at 2:04
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rusanu.com/2010/09/28/plagiarizing-forum-answers I'll try to contact MSDN moderators tomorrow. –  Remus Rusanu Sep 29 '10 at 2:13
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@Popular - @Remus's last two additions were by two more users. For each of those users, I ➀ opened all their other questions, ➁ copied the title of each, and ➂ pasted it into the search box at MSDN Forums. In every case, I found an exact recent match. Sadly, there's no ➃ Profit!, but thank you for the compliment… :-) –  Dori Sep 29 '10 at 2:36

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This is a flagrant violation of terms (certainly ours, and probably MSDN's too). I won't go into details here (public flogging etc), but it is being dealt with.

To make it clear: no, this will not be tolerated.

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This seems to be a pretty clear violation of the licensing protecting user contributions. (Links at the bottom of the page or, if you're lazy, here)

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Totally uncool, but easy to fix:

Bad

I asked someone about your question and he gave me the following answer.

[copy/paste of post with no attribution]

Good

I asked your question on Stack Overflow (which is really a much better site than this one). Here's the answer I got:

[copy/paste of post with proper attribution and link]

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True, that would fix the problem with copying from SO to MSDN, but it wouldn't fix the problem of copying from MSDN to SO. –  TRiG is Timothy Richard Green Jan 8 '13 at 14:17

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