Questions tagged [attribution]

The aspect of attribution in the context of the license used by Stack Exchange, CC BY-SA 4.0 - https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/

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Is attribution required for machine-generated text when posting on Stack Exchange?

Setting aside the issues with spam and other illegitimate uses, is it necessary to provide attribution to works generated entirely by a machine? The US Copyright office states that such works are not ...
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I want to use content from a Stack Overflow / Stack Exchange question and answer. How do I comply with the Attribution requirements?

One of the requirements of the CC BY-SA license used for content on the Network is Attribution. What does proper attribution look like for questions and answers found on the Network?
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How is removing the user's name from their post compatible with copyright? [duplicate]

So it was explained to me that if a user is removed, regardless of the Stack Exchange site, the name will also be removed from all of their posts. It is completely unimportant at this point why the ...
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Enhancement Request: Attribution Block Markdown

Over at Worldbuilding we constantly bring images and quotes in from outside sources. I suspect other Stacks do that a lot, too. When it comes to images, charts, and graphs, we want people to properly ...
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Who is the original artist of the comic on the blog post "Do large language models know what they are talking about?"

The blog post Do large language models know what they are talking about? has the comic: A: It is time to learn about magic circles. B: ugh, why is it so complex? ... What does this symbol in the ...
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How do we make sure that contributors get the credit and attribution they deserve when their work is used for training AI models?

I have read the blog post about Community is the future of AI and I could not find any serious answer to this question. Here is the way I see it: The knowledge in Stack Exchange (and Stack Overflow in ...
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How far do we need to go with unattributed images? [duplicate]

The CC licensing requires attribution for any content that isn't your own, including images. People often post unattributed clarifying images copied from somewhere else. It is clear from the post that ...
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YouTube channel scraping Q&A from Stack Exchange [duplicate]

There is this horrible YouTube channel scraping Q&A from Stack Exchange without attribution to the author of either question or answers, and no links to the original post. Stack Exchange licenses ...
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Is attribution required when using LLMs to improve the grammar/formatting of a post?

Let's say a user has posted a question/answer with the following content. The English is slightly convoluted but it's good content otherwise: On enormous territory of park there are lakes, rivers, ...
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Does Stack Exchange take any measures against sites violating our license? [duplicate]

I updated an answer of mine with an improved solution: Does PostgreSQL support "accent insensitive" collations? I hit Google to find related answers that might be outdated now, just to ...
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What is the proper way to attribute Large Language Models (such as GPT-3) when posting on Stack Exchange?

This is a follow up to Is attribution required for machine-generated text when posting on Stack Exchange? What is the proper way to attribute Large Language Models (such as GPT-3) when posting on ...
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Does the license given to Stack Exchange forbid the "additional terms", terminate the license, making it useless? [closed]

The term of service of Stack Overflow add "additional terms" to creative commons license. In question Are the SE additions to the Creative Commons attribution requirements enforceable? the ...
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Form to request erasure under GDPR doesn't indicate that attribution will be removed from all posts, a possible license violation

It's long been the case that when a user requests their account be deleted, all of their contributions are dissociated from their name. This would ordinarily be considered a violation of the CC BY-SA ...
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Is it legal to copy Stack Overflow questions and answers?

I just found http://programmingfaq.w3ec.com/faq/4761/whats-the-hi-lo-algorithm which has an exact copy of this Stack Overflow question, What's the Hi/Lo Algorithm, with all its answers and no ...
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Why do Community Wiki posts show the user responsible for the largest % of edits instead of the posting user?

I just noticed a community wiki question that I edited in the past shows me as the posting user. Per Tim and Bill's comments below, this is because I am responsible for the largest percentage of the ...
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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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Does archival interfere with attribution removal?

There was a question asking about CC BY-SA 3.0's requirement to remove attribute on request. It was brought up that automatic archives may still preserve historical information, including attribution ...
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Regarding ownership of computer program source-code shared in an answer on a Stack Exchange site

I have active accounts on various Stack Exchange sites falling under Technology domain. Due to the nature of the domain, often the posted answers in part or whole, requires me to to write some form of ...
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Edits that shadow a suggested edit inconsistently reject but include the suggestion

I have the edit privilege. If I edit a post which has a pending suggested edit, then: My edit starts from the version resulting from the suggested edit. I'm not notified of that, or even of the ...
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How can one handle copyrighted content when asking questions on SE platforms?

All the content in Stack Overflow and other Stack Exchange (even this question) is under Creative Commons BY-SA, with the license version dependent on the date it was published. If you are asking ...
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After question is closed expose close votes distinguished by reason in the timeline page

Suggest to expose close votes distinguished by reason in question timeline page after question is closed. Purpose of this feature is to help in discussing cases of closure when knowing vote split ...
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Are questions that have answers on other websites OK on Stack Overflow? [closed]

Following a comment I received on this: Are questions that have answers on other websites OK on Stack Overflow? For example, questions that have answers on the Pytorch forums, such as this one. ...
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Distinguish close votes by reason

Even though a question may be closed by receiving 5 close votes, the votes do not necessarily need to agree. I think this is a good behavior, but recently I voted to close a question for being an ...
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When you hover over the name of the person closing a question it should show the reason they've chosen

I originally posted this on UserVoice, but I'm moving it here. It is somewhat annoying when you close a question, but are not the last person closing it, that the official close reason doesn't ...
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If a user copies content from another SO post into his own post verbatim, is the attribution required according to the license?

Backstory: We recently had a situation on ru.SO, where a new user had posted 22 answers in 2 hours, 17 of which were copy-pasted from comments under the corresponding questions. Most of them were ...
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Just to clarify the attribution requirements

When a question or answer was posted under one license (e.g. CC BY-SA 3.0), and edited under a different license (e.g. CC BY-SA 4.0), who should be credited as the "author" for attribution ...
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Is it legal for users to make their SE posts native? [duplicate]

If a site uses content originating from a Stack Exchange site, is the user who owns the content legally permitted to make his post "native" to the non-SE site? Here's what I mean. Some non-Stack ...
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Stack Exchange copyright - where should we give attribution?

I know that code from the Stack Exchange sites is licensed under Creative Commons BY-SA. So if I use code from Stack Exchange sites, attribution is required (as mentioned in this article). How ...
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Edit marked as rejected by Community, but actually rolled into someone else's [duplicate]

I suggested this edit, which was rejected by the Community user due to an edit conflict. However, when I looked at the post, I saw my edit there anyway. Looking at the revision history, it appears ...
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Send a follow-up email when a user reports that some Stack Exchange content is plagiarised by another website

I reported a website (Quora) copying a significant amount of Stack Exchange content via https://meta.stackexchange.com/contact and got the following response from the Stack Overflow support team via ...
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Reusing an answer's image after editing in another post on a different Stack Exchange site?

I would like to download an image from this answer on Blender Stack Exchange (linking to imgur), edit it and use it in a post on another site of Stack Exchange in a question. (Basically I want ...
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Does a third party deleting an account that still has posts violate CC BY-SA 4.0?

According to Section 3(a)(1)(A) of the Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license, you need to retain the name of the creator when sharing licensed material. If You Share the Licensed Material (...
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Apply license on data used from answers on Stack Exchange sites [duplicate]

I have used some answers from Stack Exchange sites, with desire to republish it. I have prepared some work (something similar to blogpost) from answers of different 3-4 users. How can I properly apply ...
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Why is this CW post saying 36% unknown? [duplicate]

Looking at this post it says "36% unknown". No user by the name of 'unknown' appears in the revision history (screenshot just in case some wag changes his username to 'unknown') What madness is ...
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Copying (partially) tag wiki from one site to another. Attribution and best practices?

I found a great tag excerpt and tag wiki in one Stack Exchange community (say, Stack Overflow). In another community (say, Computational Science), we have the same tag with totally missing usage info. ...
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Automatically add attribution when uploading an image from a link

Users (including me) often forget to add attribution when uploading/linking an information. I'm not sure if it's 99% as this feature request claims, but it certainly happens less than half of the time....
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Do the referencing guidelines apply to images as well as text?

I was having a discussion with a user who included an image in their post without indicating the source. My understanding is that any content that is not the work of the author needs to be attributed,...
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Can I get Correct SE attribution from Data Explorer

I'd like to get titles (only) from various SE sites for my writer's prompts website. I cannot see how to use SE Data Explorer queries to get the required information. From the Attribution page I see ...
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Is it rude to say "stolen from here"?

When I'm answering a question (not a duplicate one), I often copy-paste some contents from another answer and also provide the link to that answer. I think adding the link itself contradicts stealing, ...
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Can I accept a self-answer with content from outside Stack Exchange?

Here is my motivation: How to convert estimated precision to variance?. On the one hand, the provided answer is perfect in my opinion and could be accepted, but on the other hand it is not actually my ...
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"Attribution Required" misses requirement to reference the license [duplicate]

The license info in the footer of every Stack Exchange page contains a link to the blog post Attribution Required. In this post, Jeff Atwood explains what the attribution is required to contain. ...
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Can I claim on my blog that I wrote the SE answer, although the linked email accounts are different?

I want to reproduce the content of my SE answer on my blog elsewhere. I will follow the two rules of attribution and license linking. On my blog, I also want to mention that I wrote the answer, by ...
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How to attribute images in questions and answers?

When a question uses an image without attribution, and the source is not germane to the question or answer except insofar as proper attribution, what is the best way to attribute the image? In an edit ...
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Ability to add "source" to quote?

When people quote others, it is common practice to add a source or attribution of the original speaker. When you select text and hit the quote button, there should be a pop-up that asks for an ...
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License of quotations

I sometimes see copy-and-paste answers which do not name their source. In my opinion this is not compatible with CC BY-SA; all content on Stack Overflow is licensed under (right?). See the history ...
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Is a refusal to disassociate deleted posts in compliance with the CC BY-SA license? [closed]

I asked Stack Exchange staff to remove attribution on some of my deleted answers. They suggested I delete my account to remove attribution. I have asked them if they will restore attribution on other ...
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Are quote answers not answers?

Many people know that link-only answers are not answers, and they are normally deleted, or downvoted or whatever that happens to them. Recently, there's been a bit of buzz surrounding whether quote-...
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Best way to award credit when solution is *based on* another answer?

I'm playing with solutions to one of my questions on SO. There are some great answers there, but no perfect ones (broken in a minor way, wrong after I clarified the question, or good but not ideal). ...
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To whom should we give credit?

Sometimes I answer a question, and later see that other people who answered before me have edited their answers to roll my answer into their own. When I borrow part of someone else's answer, I always ...
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How to Give Credit for An Answer in the Comments

I asked a question on SO and someone gave me the answer as a comment to the question. Subsequently, someone else gave the same answer as an answer. I would like to give credit to the poster who made ...