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Q: How much "copy and paste" is too much?

Sometimes it makes good sense to copy and post information from other sources that is concise, helpful, and germane to a discussion.  But copying and pasting someone's c.v., obtuse financial reports, and complete articles is over-doing it to make a point, especially if the copied material contains so much bold, underlined, italicized, and enlarged text to minimize the importance of all the highlighted and salient points.

 

For me, a brief summary of the out-sourced information and a web link to the source is good enough.  If I want to know more I can easily click on the link and read the sourced info.

 

I suspect most of you feel about the same.

 

So offer your guidance:  How much "copy and paste" is too much?

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Better to be offered full information in my opinion.

Take Trump for example. When he makes a speach, media outlets such as BBC etc try to make sense of it and write a 2 minute sound bite article.

But take the time to find a full trascript, and you find a word salad of nonsense.

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Icnif77 for user mod....cast you vote

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What the hell...Icniff77 for user mod....cast your vote

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there are times the article is available only through a vpn, so posting the article for our Chinese viewers may be the only way to view it or believe the article actually exists.

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Ambi, I disagree.  Most artlcles and news stories referenced at this site are available in one form or another at various sites on the Internet.  A VPN isn't necessary for those people interested in finding out more about a most topics.  Even if a particular topic or news item requires a VPN to read it, that doesn't preclude the poster from summarizing the meat of the story instead of copying and pasting the whole article.  Anyone that wants to learn more about the story can openly ask for details, or by sending a private message to the posting member.  And I believe no self-sufficient, independent-thinking foreigner will get on in China without using a VPN.

 

I'm not sure what Chinese viewers you're referring to.  I don't see many comments, questions, or answers coming from Chinese.  Maybe you're referring to the website monitors employed by the government to keep tabs on this and similar sites.  Do you really think their world views will be influenced by a copy and paste job here?

 

Sponge Blab, this is a question about the World Wide Web.

 

Phil, we clearly understand your choice for moderator.  Your spamming has become obnoxious.

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Ambi, I didn't say you (or others) should try to live in China without using a VPN.  You previously said some readers here don't have VPNs and they can't read full articles at all websites, and you said that justifies copying and pasting whole articles.  I said most outside topics discussed at this site can be found on the Net without using a VPN, and if that's a problem, a reader has ways of contacting the poster for additional information.  I am not against using VPNs.  I am advocating less copying and pasting of lengthy articles and other nonsense.  You misunderstood my way.

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imagine if everyone started doing  it that. nobody would come looking for answers here.  often people who are doing it, do it for three reasons:

 

1) To spam anybody who has an opposing point of view. These people are not really interested in other peoples' opinion. They will never look at counter-arguments, only looking for articles that reinforce their own view.

2) provocation. they are well-aware how this will irritate others, this is in fact what they most enjoy.

3) give themselves purpose

 

if they are doing it in their own threads, it's not too bad. but doing it somebody else's is just downright anti-social. really it's just spamming and in most forum's they would be banned. copying a paragraph here or there or referencing a source is ok, but beyond that it's just selfishness 

 

 

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Hi Jean ...So how are you finding the Admin job here?
I see you got the tech guys working on things.
Please stop sending me messages that you deleted stuff but haven't. ..yet threaten to ban me ....again

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Hi Jean... how are you finding the Admin job here?
I see you got the tech guys working on things.
Please stop sending me messages that you deleted stuff but haven't. . . . . . And stop threatening to ban me.....again.

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Hi Jean. How are you finding the Admin job here?
I see you got the tech guys working on things. Please stop sending me messages that you deleted stuff but haven't. . . . . . . . . . .
And stop threatening to ban me....again

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