Is it OK to copy pretty much all the content of a community wiki to your blog; then edit lots of your answers to link to it? Some pretty decent answers really; but is it spam?

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  • The article does not even seem related to some of the questions... in which it is linked Jun 7, 2013 at 1:27
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    140 edits in 3 hours hm. It's worth mentioning that user wrote these wiki, before copying to their blog, it's not like they're stealing from someone else\
    – gnat
    Jun 7, 2013 at 1:29

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Any time somebody is linking to their personal website an excessive amount or in irrelevant situations, that is spam.

This is also bad for two other reasons:

  • If the exact same answer applies, it should be closed as a duplicate, not answered
  • Even if the question ought to remain open, answers should attempt to include as much information as possible within the answer, and only link to an outside site as additional information. The answer should stand on its own.

Additionally, this user is violating the Stack Exchange Terms of Service. Although all content on Stack Exchange is licensed under a free Creative Commons license, attribution is required. This author has not given any attribution to the original question/answer on Stack Overflow.

  • for the sake of precision, edited answers asked about look like perfectly capable of standing on their own; edits just add stuff like "...or read here"; "...also look here"
    – gnat
    Jun 7, 2013 at 1:32
  • It really is apparent that the SO wiki predates the blog post. Jun 7, 2013 at 1:33
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    @gnat true, but that still seems spammy to me. There's no need for him to do that - it does literally nothing to enhance the answer, and therefore is spam in my opinion.
    – nhinkle
    Jun 7, 2013 at 1:33
  • @gnat most of the time the link is not even related to the issue. Jun 7, 2013 at 1:34
  • agree, these edits smell bad
    – gnat
    Jun 7, 2013 at 1:35
  • OK, based on the feedback I am going to accept this answer with the combination of other posts here on Meta with "Acceptable within constraints, but this particular noted instance is not a good example of how to do this effectively and smells of spam/bad practice." Jun 7, 2013 at 19:24

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