A certain SE site has a new policy to blindly delete all answers that cite scholars, papers and journals without looking at the merits of the arguments and if the citation addresses the question or not.
Under the circumstances, I suppose, one option available to the site's users is, rephrase the paper's author's arguments and draw similar conclusions and not credit the author or their works.
A similar technique/loophole was recently used by a user of the same site to get around another rule: 'blog posts cannot be used as references'. On one moderator's suggestion, he ended up removing some content, all the blockquotes and links to the blog. A major portion of the answer still relies on the original arguments, the sequence of arguments, the same references used in the blog post and the conclusions. However, since there are no blockquotes and links to any blogs, all the user's references and arguments now look "original". "Problem solved". The moderator also had no issue undeleting the answer.
This site (Kent State University), for example, considers both these methods as plagiarism:
Plagiarism, very briefly, is taking another person's ideas and presenting them as if they are your own. This can happen in many ways, including but not limited to, the following:
Lifting phrases/sentences/paragraphs/pages from another published source and failing to put quote marks around the lifted material and properly citing the source of the material.
Lifting sentences/paragraphs/pages from another published source, changing a few words by substituting synonyms, and not citing the source of the material.
Paraphrasing (putting in your own words) another person's ideas and not making it clear that you are paraphrasing another person's ideas.
The SE article, How to reference material written by others, however, suggests that as long as the original scholar's/blogger's arguments are "not closely rephrased/reworded", the SE user should be able to use/paraphrase their work and avoid crediting them.
If you copy (or closely rephrase/reword) content that you did not create into something you post on Meta Stack Exchange (e.g., from another site or elsewhere on Meta Stack Exchange), make sure you do all of the following:
- Provide a link to the original page or answer
- Quote only the relevant portion
- Provide the name of the original author
Do not copy the complete text of sources; instead, use their words and ideas to support your own. In particular, answers comprised entirely of a quote (sourced or not) will often be deleted since they do not contain any original content.
Is my understanding of this SE policy correct?
Can an SE user paraphrase all the original author's arguments, arrive at the same conclusion as the author, and choose not to credit them?
If yes, what are some examples of "not closely rephrased/reworded" content where no acknowledgment is required?