A user asked this question (question 1) about licensing, authorship and ownership relating to using code from StackOverflow and GitHub Gists/Issues in an R package to release on CRAN.
I suggested splitting the question up which resulted in this additional question (question 2) about authorship and the first question being narrowed to be about licensing only.
I've never used R or CRAN but it seemed to me that these questions could be quite generically answered, which I did so for each, in the hopes that they would be applicable to anyone else coming along with the same questions... no matter what they were developing.
So, I'm wondering whether it would be appropriate to edit these questions to also make them more generic and easy to find.
- I'd propose question 1 is asking "Can I legally use code I found on a forum?", and
- I'd propose question 2 is asking "How do I attribute authors if I don't know their real names?"
This is how I answered both the questions and these were both accepted by the asker.
Would it be ok for me to attempt to edit these questions? Or would that be potentially writing in to the question something which was not necessarily asked?