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Do you read answers that quote long text from Wikipedia?

Asked by gailcalled (54570points) December 13th, 2007

I can do that research myself, and when the answers are too long, I skip them. It is fun to check out sites that I don’t know about, however. Let’s not get too lazy here and have others do your research or write your papers, fluther questioners:-)

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glial's avatar

I totally agree.

We get plenty of questions here that require one of two things. A search on Wikipedia or a search on Google.

Look it up yourself.

We also have a few members that, for whatever reason, will copy and paste from Wikipedia…usually never cite it…and try to pass it off as intelligence.

I have started adding links to google and or Wikipedia on questions that require such.

Experience, opinions, and expertise are what Fluther is about. Not a Gooogle/Wikipedia service for the lazy.

mirza's avatar

i have to admit i am guilty of copy-pasting from Wiki for a long time untill they introduced the new link system

andrew's avatar

I find that tasteful pull-quotes from wiki are exactly what some questions need.

Remember, too, that you can do a quick and easy google link by throwing a :google: after your “link”. e.g. [“link” : google : andrew mcclain] without the spaces becomes link.

robhaya's avatar

I think brevity is the key to answering questions, and if you need further information point them to sources on the web.


gailcalled's avatar

Very cute. As are you. But why the link to hair-loss prevention ads on yr imdb site?

gailcalled's avatar


Got it this time. Thanks.

gailcalled's avatar

Nope. That didn’t work either. Link opens to an error message. Andrew, perhaps a private lesson using words of only one syllable?

Cardinal's avatar

Less is more!

ironhiway's avatar

I agree with brevity,

where links to more info should have a brief description of what we’re being linked to.

One of the things I like about this site is finding great questions that lead to interesting topics I would not be looking for or otherwise follow.

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