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Is it acceptable for a user to copy and paste a load of information from Wikipedia into a tag wiki?

I have the opinion that it should be worded in the context of E&R, and give information about what type of questions are on/off topic for that particular tag.

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I have the opinion that it should be worded in the context of E&R, and give information about what type of questions are on/off topic for that particular tag.

Indeed, you're absolutely right, this part is critically important.

I updated the sidebar editing help for the Tag Wikis to give better help on this. Let me know if that help can be improved; just bring up a tag wiki and check out the sidebar.

Is it acceptable for a user to copy and paste a load of information from Wikipedia into a tag wiki?

It can be so long as it is properly attributed and linked back to Wikipedia (in the full wiki, since excerpts don't allow links). But as you said --

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  • \$\begingroup\$ my understanding of US copyright law is that using enough of the information to remove the need to visit the original source is never fair use. Using a small amount and then referencing the source if they want more detail is fair use. Is this not the case? \$\endgroup\$ – Kortuk Mar 6 '11 at 10:05
  • \$\begingroup\$ scratch that, in the case of Wikipedia they have waived that right, in other sources it could be an issue. \$\endgroup\$ – Kortuk Mar 6 '11 at 10:06
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Similar questions on Meta Stack Overflow:

MSO (https://meta.stackoverflow.com/) is for all intents and purposes "Meta Stack Exchange", but not yet called as such.

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