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So I have seen this question on google groups and I think is a good question. Now without going through the trouble of copy pasting the entire question, is it okay if I just post the link to the question in my question and hope for an answer or is it not the SO way?

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Just love it when my questions get downvoted for no apparent reason! :) –  Shouvik Oct 4 '10 at 9:45
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i think people sometimes perceive the question as the intent. if they disagree with the perceived intent, they downvote it. if one were to ask "can i reuse so content without attribution?" the question would be downvoted, even if it is a legitimate and useful question –  samy Oct 4 '10 at 10:47
    
Yeah, thats actually my point... Being a little sarcastic here, at the cost of further down-votes.. :) –  Shouvik Oct 4 '10 at 11:00
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I think you should copy-paste the question. Urls have a way of dying suddenly on the internet that could defeat the reusability of your question; site owner changing the way slugs are implemented, or the question id, group closing down, wiped out, etc...

I would recommend the following:

  • ask for permission to the original asker
  • copy-paste (with edits to keep everything pretty)
  • link back to original question
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k thanks... Seems like a reasonable suggestion... Thing is I asked the question on google groups, been some time with no reply... Feeling lazy to format the question on SO... So I was wondering if just providing a link is fine. :) –  Shouvik Oct 4 '10 at 9:40
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Not the Stack Overflow way. Questions on SO should stand on their own.

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...after searchign SO for a possible similar existing question. –  Arjan Oct 4 '10 at 5:24
    
Pretty sure the question doesn't exist on SO. –  Shouvik Oct 4 '10 at 5:40
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@Shouvik: If you do repost the question, be sure to note where it came from. There was a kerfuffle a little while ago about questions and answers reposted from MSDN without attribution. –  Michael Petrotta Oct 4 '10 at 5:42
    
Yeah well that is not a problem, if I am posting the link itself as the question... People clearly know where the site is taking them... :) Anyway, get the picture... Thanks. –  Shouvik Oct 4 '10 at 6:48
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