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Is it okay to post copy/pasted answers from other websites?

I guess it's not.

The link to website can be posted in comments instead.

https://unix.stackexchange.com/a/413066/224025

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There is a section on plagiarism in the Help Center:

Plagiarism - posting the work of others with no indication that it is not your own - is frowned on by our community, and may result in your answer being down-voted or deleted.

The answer you link to is an egregious example of plagiarism and should be removed. It contains no original content and no effort to adapt or contextualise the copied material.

  • What about other, non-answer things? I recently suggested descriptions for two tags (multimedia and special-characters). I just found the most accurate dictionary definitions for them I could find and essentially copied them directly. – Jesse_b Jan 7 '18 at 14:18
  • One of the reasons for rejecting tag edits is "copied content". – jasonwryan Jan 7 '18 at 18:17
  • Makes sense. I wasn't intending to plagiarize, but I figured a dictionary definition was better than no description. – Jesse_b Jan 7 '18 at 18:37

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