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The MIT License – Clarity on Using Code on Stack Overflow and Stack Exchange

Update (Dec. 22, 2015): Thanks, everyone, for your feedback to this proposal. We're going to digest this one over the holidays and should have a follow-up announcement answering your questions and ...
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Is it okay to copy-paste answers from other questions?

This one leaves me with a bad taste in my mouth, but I defer to others as to whether it is appropriate or not. In this question, I wrote an answer to a question based on my experiences; it was upvoted ...
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What to do when plagiarism is discovered

How should I act if I discover a user plagiarizing fellow users' posts? What if I find someone plagiarizing external resources without attribution? See also: Users are calling me a plagiarist. What ...
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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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Should I flag plagiarism for moderator attention?

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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Plagiarism is a good way to earn reputation. Combatting this after the fact?

There is a certain pattern of Stack Exchange users who habitually post plagiarized content. Some cases are easy to deal with. If the user is still pretty new, a message explaining that plagiarism is ...
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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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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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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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Copyright/plagiarism issues with others' source code within yours

I plan on answering a question with some source code on StackOverflow, but I have formulated my answer using some source code I found elsewhere — it was an answer to another question. I planned on: ...
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How to handle several instances of unattributed/plagiarized answers

What is the best way to handle instances where there are many seemingly copy-and-pasted answers from other answers that lack proper attribution? There have been several questions posted dealing with ...
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A better way to create links to answers

There are many question on meta about plagiarism and I agree it should be addresses in detail inside the FAQ (as pointed out on Plagiarism should be addressed specifically in the FAQ). Premise For ...
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What to do when people answer a question marked as exact duplicate

Here's the case. First somebody gives an answer as comment. Then another one (me) marks the question as exact duplicate. Then another SO user posts as answer the answer from the duplicate (and the ...
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Link to /help/referencing in the moderator message template for plagiarism

The current “plagiarism” template for moderator messages (minus lead-in and fade-out, but including original emphasis) is: It has come to our attention that several of your answers consisted ...