(Follow up to Should we copy questions from the GNU GPL FAQ):

I noticed the answers copy verbatim of entries of the GNU GPL FAQ.

Should we get content for this website by simply mirroring content from official FAQs?

Are we even allowed to do this copyright-wise? The page the quote comes from is licensed under CC-BY-ND 4.0, while all stackexchange content is licensed under CC-BY-SA 3.0. AFAIK licenses are not compatible because SA allows changes while ND does not.


No. An answer can cite a source, but it should contain an explanation in own words.

  • What about a simple link to the FAQ? – user490 Jul 10 '15 at 12:51
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    Wouldn't change anything. Link-only answers are bad anyway, you should provide your own insight. If you support that with a link, a citation or both doesn't matter. – Mnementh Jul 10 '15 at 12:58
  • OK. So what about a link in a comment? – user490 Jul 10 '15 at 12:58
  • You can always put links as comments, that's one possible usage of them. – Mnementh Jul 10 '15 at 13:00
  • So let's do this :) – user490 Jul 10 '15 at 13:05
  • @EricGärtner Let's not do this, because that's incredibly inappropriate. – Zizouz212 Jul 10 '15 at 13:56
  • @Zizouz212 Why do you not want to put a link into a comment? – user490 Jul 10 '15 at 13:58
  • @EricGärtner It's simple. Answering in comments is not good, and it makes no sense. We have a voting system, and answering in comments nullify's that. It's horrible for the fiscal health of the site – Zizouz212 Jul 10 '15 at 13:58
  • @EricGärtner: Instead just go with the way I proposed: make useful answers with own words, supported with links and citations from applicable sources. – Mnementh Jul 10 '15 at 14:14

That's plagarism.

Don't just copy answers from other places, just go ahead and make answers of your own. What you can do is cite these sources to support your answers.

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