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FAQ for Stack Exchange sites

Community FAQ For sites in the Stack Exchange 2.0 network To see a list of commonly used words and phrases, see the glossary. For official guidance from Stack Exchange, visit the Help Center. Asking ...
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A site (or scraper) is copying content from Stack Exchange. What should I do?

Since day one of Stack Overflow, all content posted on Stack Exchange sites by their users (i.e. you wonderful people) has been provided to the whole universe under the CC BY-SA license. For my fellow ...
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Why do you cast downvotes on answers?

This is a question which started off with a comment, then turned into an answer, and now it's a question in its own right (as suggested by Jeff). I'm not sure where it could go from here :) It's ...
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Users are calling me a plagiarist. What do I do?

Other users have been leaving me angry and hostile comments accusing me of plagiarism and saying that I'm a liar and I should stop stealing answers. But I have only been copying content from other ...
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Plagiarism should be addressed specifically in the FAQ

Recent cases of wholesale plagiarism like the four instances collected in this question (one, two, three, four) make me think, maybe there should be a clear policy on plagiarism in place in the FAQ? ...
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Feedback request: Proposed new flagging and moderation workflow for plagiarism

UPDATE We've built and will be releasing a plagiarism flag on 22 March 2023 (on SO only). For more info, see this MSO post - Plagiarism flag and moderator tooling launching to Stack Overflow A while ...
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Should I flag plagiarism for moderator attention? [duplicate]

Until now, when I saw content that was simply copied from the web without an attribution, I flagged the respective posts for moderator attention, and moderators always deleted them -- in accordance ...
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What is community moderation, and what can I do to help?

What is community moderation? Why is it important for me to get involved? What can I do to help, and where do I start?
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Someone duplicated my answer to my own question, remains there after flagging and even got upvoted

I posted this question. Then because nobody answered I continued debugging and eventually found the answer. For future purposes for other people I put the solution in the answer box. Then someone ...
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A user copy-pasting answers without proper attribution [duplicate]

I came across this user's profile while I was going through the close-votes queue and most if not all answers seem to be copied from other Stack Overflow answers or from external sources. This is a ...
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Is it acceptable to copy your own answer verbatim from an off-site resource?

An answer on Stack Overflow was recently brought to my attention as possible plagiarism, but I determined that the source of the suspected plagiarism was actually written and posted by the answerer ...
Robert Columbia's user avatar
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What should moderators (or passing editors) do about suspected plagiarized or copyrighted images in posts?

I can't seem to find a canonical reference about Stack Exchange's policy regarding inclusion of images from the Internet in questions and answers. I'm not even sure whether this comes under copyright ...
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Moderator declined a plagiarism flag [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should I flag plagiarism for moderator attention? I recently flagged this answer for plagiarism. The answer reads: In an ASP.NET project, adding a file-based reference ...
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Do we have a policy about self-plagiarism?

The FAQ entry on plagiarism currently says In the context of Stack Exchange sites, any copying and pasting of any amount of text or code that wasn't written by you is plagiarism if you try, ...
EarthliƋ's user avatar
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what should we do when a user copy answer and did not mention original? [duplicate]

I know something like this has asked before What to do about Copy Cat answers? But my question is slightly different. What should we do when some user just copied the content from another answer from ...
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