I have seen several answers lately that have been essentially a cut and paste of another article on the web. Are these plagiarism?


Plagiarism is not acceptable on any Stack Exchange site. Examples of plagiarism include, but are not limited to:

  • Copying any amount from a source without any attribution
  • Copying your entire answer from a source, regardless of attribution
  • Copying your entire answer from a source, even if you reword parts of it, regardless of attribution

Please refrain from committing plagiarism, and raise a flag when you see it.

At the bottom of every post -- question or answer -- is your name. It's your post. It should be your ideas. The best answers always cite their sources in support of the ideas of the author (you). Lifehacks exists to share ideas, and we want to hear your ideas! Your ideas are welcome to be about a hack you've invented or a hack you've found from another source (with attribution).

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