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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.

R

gailcalled's avatar

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

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=fluther&btnG=Google+Search

gailcalled's avatar

fluther

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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