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Copying from online sources
Should we allow Wikipedia to be referenced as an academic source in answers?

I'm a bit worried already that we are just practicing google-fu and pasting quotes from wikipedia. Wikipedia provides excellent answers in many circumstances, but if a Q & A is just:

Question: Who invented [thing]?

Answer: According to Wikipedia:

Wikipedia copy/paste

then I worry that this board will be little more than lmgtfy.

Is this a legitimate concern, and if so, what can we do to mitigate it?

  • I'm voting to close, because we already have a topic on copying, and I think it should be about copying in general and not just Wiki.
    – Jacob
    Commented Oct 11, 2011 at 20:00
  • I think it should remain open because my question does a better job of laying out the problem and giving an example. Commented Oct 11, 2011 at 20:04
  • I think this is a fantastic question, but also potentially a duplicate as Jacob has referenced. Commented Oct 11, 2011 at 20:06
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    @ChristopherRayl: ...but posting a duplicate question will only split the discussion and the answers. If the other question can be improved, please feel free to improve it. Commented Oct 12, 2011 at 2:14


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