What are peoples thoughts on accepting/up voting answers where a user has simply copied a few lines from another website and used that as their answer?

I don't really like and would down vote those answers unless you

  • Made it clear that the content is from another site
  • You include a link the the URL you sourced your material from
  • Actually put your own thoughts into the answer

I came across this question Multi-Mode and Single-Mode Fiber Differences which I have down voted because firstly the user just posted the first 3 lines from some random website and secondly the URL was incorrect and thirdly I don't think it's a very good quality answer.

Is this a fair assessment and should we discourage these kinds of answers? What if the website were to vanish over night?


Yes, exactly.

Stack Exchange guidance is an answer should stand on its own. URLs shoiuld be included as a citation if the answer is not the poster's own work.

If you, or anyone, see spammy Qs or As, please flag them for moderator review.

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