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"Original content is always the best, but if you are going to copy from another site, make sure you correctly cite your reference. It's quite pointless to simply copy a wikipedia article over here - you may as well just visit wikipedia in the first place, so go for original.I think you should try to come up with more original stuff if you know what i mean.
I'd definitely say it should be soley original content - otherwise it'll just end up like every other site that copies from Wikipedia.
Perhaps quotes from Wikipedia could be allowed - as long as they are sourced, and lists could be used (after being reformatted and error-checked).
Wikipedia's section on it's Copyrights states:
"Wikipedia content can be copied, modified, and redistributed so long as the new version grants the same freedoms to others and acknowledges the authors of the Wikipedia article used (a direct link back to the article is generally thought to satisfy the attribution requirement)."
The problem here is that Giant Bomb obviously aims to be a professional site, competing with all the large companies. If they allow the 'same freedoms' to content published on the site (as would be required to use Wikipedia content) - then this content could be copied.
Besides, to maintain a level of professionalism - even in a site where users can contribute so freely - content should be original. A link to a Wikipedia article on the game/character wouldn't go amiss, but copying content is a bit too much in my opinion.
"Original content is always the best, but if you are going to copy from another site, make sure you correctly cite your reference. It's quite pointless to simply copy a wikipedia article over here - you may as well just visit wikipedia in the first place, so go for original.This is what you should go for.
"If anything, copy from Wikipedia's sources instead of Wiki itself.i think, that would be an even bigger problem.
I thought of it as similar to going to say IGN.com or Gamespot.com and saving their screenshots and then uploading them here, with the Gamespot and IGN watermarks on the screenshot, it will make GiantBomb look very cheap I think, just write up whatever you can; it is moderated until you hit 1,000 Wikipoints and even then, someone else can come in and re-write your piece if they think they can improve it.
"Copied from Giant Bombs help section:I didn't notice that - great, at least that's been sorted!
Article writing tips
Do not plagiarize content from other sites like Wikipedia. Giant Bomb is a unique resource."
It will be so much better if the content on Giant Bomb is entirely original!
I've added this question and a short answer to my FAQ.
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