Is there any way we can introduce a tag in Stack Overflow, where the community can tag any question, answer or comment as , so that the poster can take a note of it and correct his post accordingly?

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    Tags shouldn't be used in this manner, only to describe the content of the question and/or expect content answers. But what is the end goal of this request? Are you trying to prevent people from plagiarizing other sites, other users, other questions? Commented Apr 15, 2013 at 16:44
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    A far better idea would be to just leave a (polite) comment asking the OP to include a link to their source, and to use the Block Quote tag for quoted content, so it gets attributed correctly to the author that wrote the content.
    – Rachel
    Commented Apr 15, 2013 at 16:44
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    this question has the plagiarism tag. It must be plagarism Commented Apr 15, 2013 at 16:47
  • @random that was the fastest status-declined tag I recall seeing before. Commented Apr 15, 2013 at 16:48
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    Plagiarism in answers is a much bigger problem than in questions. Commented Apr 15, 2013 at 16:53

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The most important thing to do in cases of plagiarism is to edit it and/or flag it for moderator attention.

If your goal is to alert the OP (in case it was a mistake that can be corrected), you should leave a comment, not a tag. Tags aren't used for this purpose, for multiple reasons:

Beyond that, what usefulness does a tag have that a comment doesn't? Anyone who has enough reputation to retag a post can also comment on it. Any asker who ignores comments about plagiarism would surely also ignore a tag. And we're not encouraging users to follow the tag to read all the plagiarized questions on the site.

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