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To start with the easy bit: copyright notices are red herrings. Take, as an example, the now deleted Air Crash Dilemma. A search for the key phrase: bury the survivors? turns up "About 94,700 results". Some of them are user contributions (blogs, forums, Facebook, etc.), but some sites have a copyright notice attached. Of course, that's ...


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If you write something here, it's yours and you are welcome to post it elsewhere too. Two things to bear in mind, though: Anything posted here is licensed under the so-called "CC-BY-SA licence with attribution required". That doesn't reduce your right to post it elsewhere in whatever way you like, but it does mean that you don't get to stop other people ...


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My suggestion would be to rewrite such questions and acknowledge the source most-likely to be closest to the original author. In many cases, there are dozens of sites with the same text. Having yet another copy isn't really helping the internet be a better place for puzzling. Questions copied and pasted wholesale don't reflect well on this site. ...


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I propose getting rid of the time-limit requirement for declaring something a "contest"* First, let's take a look at why we have this requirement in the first place. We copied from Math.SE, so I'll just copy in their reasoning here: If the "contest" has no definite duration, then we do not consider questions on it as contest questions ...


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(We're still deliberating the details in mod chat, but this is our general consensus so far, and the current policy on plagiarism.) If the puzzles are "chestnuts", appearing in several different sources, then no source is necessary. (For instance, the "100 prisoners" puzzle and most of its variants would be okay source-free.) If they come from a mathematics ...


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This should be acceptable ... As far as I can see, it's the only way to combine the two principles of turning PSE into a great repository of puzzles (both original ones and those copied from elsewhere with suitable attribution) and encouraging people to solve puzzles based on their own ingenuity (rather than simply finding a solution online and using that ...


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No. Plagiarism is not okay. Please refrain from plagiarizing content from other sources, as it will be deleted. If you can obtain permission from the linked site to use this puzzle here, and provide proper attribution, then you can flag this post for moderator attention so it can be undeleted. For now, however, I'm going to delete this question. (link to ...


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This is an answer to the OP's question "Whose content is it, anyway?". I also want to make an important clarification to the OP's statement that "roughly, this (the use of the CC-by-SA licence - my note) means you can reuse SE content for any reason, as long as you attribute both SE and the original author, as well as link back to the license.&...


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I posted a puzzle today and I openly admit that I got it from another source. However the original puzzle is not listed in English. I don't want credit for the puzzle or make it look that I created it myself. I just thought it was a nice puzzle and wanted to share it with all you, my puzzle friends. Is this tolerable or will my post be deleted? This is my ...


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I have asked two questions that may be problematic: Doctor's Dilemma Both question and answer quoted from a Martin Gardner original, published in Isaac Asimov's Sience Fiction Magazine. I can see this may be a problem. Is it indeed impossible to score any points in the test in Heinlein's "Space Cadet"? The question comes for Space Cadet by ...


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“Solve this” questions are allowed (but debated). That doesn't mean that they are good questions. In particular, there is no value in rehashing chestnuts. This user seems to make a habit of posting non-original puzzles as questions, without attribution. That's plagiarism, which is not allowed and not cool. I had a look at a few of his questions, and all the ...


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We aren't a site that rehosts original content out there, we should have our own original content. Content taken from other sites but renamed is just as similar as plagiarism. You're effectively taking something someone else wrote, switching the words around, then claiming it as your own. Do we really want this? Not only does it make reworded puzzles ...


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Johnny has had ten girlfriends in the past five years. He decides to plot them as a scatter plot, then arbitrarily derive them as functions of time. If Johnny had each girlfriend for a minimum of six months, how many possible data points can he have where the result of the derivative squared is greater than the original value? --> For more questions and ...


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First of all, make sure that the puzzle is not copyrighted. If the puzzle is in the public domain, then it is required to note that it is not your puzzle you are posting. If the puzzle is licenced under a permissive license allowing sharing of the content, then make sure that you give proper attribution and follow their license requirements. If there is ...


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As I understand this site it is perfectly valid to ask a riddle, which is not your own invention. If I remember a riddle of my childhood times and post it on puzzling, it will be reworded in my own words, how I remember it. I don't know if it is healthy for the purpose of this site to require extensive research for an original source for every riddle. - So ...


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