Copying content is one thing, but copying content without referring to or quoting the original is just plain rude and violates the cc-wiki license and the clearly laid out attribution rules of this and related sites.

When someone or some site does this, what action should we undertake towards the SO team to signal this? Should we worry at all?

  • Example of a full-copy [of a post and its thread][2] without linking back, violating cc-wiki and claiming it under their own cc-wiki.
  • Example of [the same post and only the accepted answer][3], with correctly linking back. http://efreedom.com/Question/1-541936/What-can-you-do-in-MSIL-that-you-cannot-do-in-C#-or-vb-NET
  • The same original question at SO.
  • They do link to Stack Overflow in the "This is only an excerpt.... go to the original site" paragraph. It's not in full compliance with the license though.
    – Pekka
    Aug 1 '10 at 9:57
  • @Pekka: Yes, well hidden, I only saw it at third read. But indeed, it is not conforming the rules as described in this meta post and by Jeff on his blog.
    – Abel
    Aug 1 '10 at 10:20

Add it to the list here:

Is it legal to copy Stack Overflow questions and answers?

We're collating all the links and we'll be doing something with them soon — they should follow the rules of the attribution license.

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    Done! Apparently, answerspice does that with more questions. Recently they have added the text "this is just an excerpt, read the full...", but still don't follow the guidelines, see this question: http://www.answerspice.com/c119/1586623/how-do-you-use-the-ellipsis-slicing-syntax-in-python. Good to see that you're taking care of these leeches!
    – Abel
    Aug 1 '10 at 10:08

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