giant bomb and wikipedia content

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#1 Posted by voi666 (31 posts) -
is it allowed to copy wikipedia content to giant bomb or do you aim for 'original' content?
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#2 Posted by SarazinRuin (161 posts) -

Good Question.

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#4 Posted by Joker (703 posts) -

I don't know the answer exactly, but try to aim for original content eh?

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#5 Posted by xplodedd (1379 posts) -
elliooo said:
"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.
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I think you should try to come up with more original stuff if you know what i mean.
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#6 Posted by thebeast (1920 posts) -

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).

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#7 Posted by SarazinRuin (161 posts) -

K im not good at writing lots though.

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#8 Posted by Termite (2428 posts) -

Yeah, original content is favored but I guess if you need to copy from wikipedia, then you can do so. Wikipedia doesn't have many copyright things so it should be fine

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#9 Posted by Termite (2428 posts) -

Yeah, original content is favored but I guess if you need to copy from wikipedia, then you can do so. Wikipedia doesn't have many copyright things so it should be fine

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#10 Posted by McPlated (137 posts) -

The classy way would be to state that at least a section of your article is ripped off of Wikipedia

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#11 Posted by thebeast (1920 posts) -

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.

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#12 Posted by McPlated (137 posts) -

High Five for actually going in and getting the Copyright info.

Good hustle

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#13 Posted by edwardt (74 posts) -

This is exactlky what I was thinming about as it would be so easy to lift and insert a wiki article for a game. I agree that it should be  new and original content otherwise there would be no point to come to this website.

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#14 Posted by Karmum (11515 posts) -
elliooo said:
"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.
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#15 Posted by thebeast (1920 posts) -

I raised another copyright issue (for boxart images) in this thread - I'd rather not bump it, but if anyone has any knowledge in regards to copyright in this area, I think this matter needs to be cleared up.

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#16 Posted by elektrixx (409 posts) -

If anything, copy from Wikipedia's sources instead of Wiki itself.

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#17 Edited by voi666 (31 posts) -
elektrixxx said:
"If anything, copy from Wikipedia's sources instead of Wiki itself.
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i think, that would be an even bigger problem.
the content on wikipedia itself is under no copyright. the content that wiki cites as sources and that it is based on is (most of the time) copyrighted.
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#18 Posted by AriekeN (19 posts) -

Go for original content.

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#19 Posted by richied0 (168 posts) -

Copied from Giant Bombs help section:

Article writing tips

Do not plagiarize content from other sites like Wikipedia. Giant Bomb is a unique resource.



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#20 Posted by DaveDog (75 posts) -

i would rather go on the games official website or something

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#21 Posted by blizzvalve (141 posts) -

I'm good for writing about games so I would go mfor original content. it's not the same factor for pictures, though

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#22 Posted by LouChou (491 posts) -

This is why I don't try to edit any kind of Wiki, because when you get into all that citation shit it feels to much like I'm back at college.

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#23 Posted by KindGalaxy (462 posts) -

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.

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#24 Posted by voi666 (31 posts) -
Richied said:
"Copied from Giant Bombs help section:

Article writing tips

Do not plagiarize content from other sites like Wikipedia. Giant Bomb is a unique resource.



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dang, i didn't see that.
i guess that is it then ...
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#25 Posted by MattyFTM (14891 posts) -

Copying from Wikipedia = no. Using Wikipedia as a source and changing the words to make it original = yes. At least in my opinion anyway.

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#26 Posted by Jigen (199 posts) -

What happens when people on wikipedia copy the writing of Giant Bomb?

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#27 Posted by LouChou (491 posts) -

lol. I like that anti-plagiarism is a tip, and not a rule.

It's like, "we don't encourage lawsuits, but if you feel you need to give us one then that's fair enough"

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#28 Posted by deactivated-5b4a512bb9699 (391 posts) -

I thought the whole point was for people to submit info that they created not just copy and pasting stuff from wikipedia

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#29 Posted by thebeast (1920 posts) -
Richied said:
"Copied from Giant Bombs help section:

Article writing tips

Do not plagiarize content from other sites like Wikipedia. Giant Bomb is a unique resource.



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I didn't notice that - great, at least that's been sorted!
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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#30 Posted by Thecookiejar (51 posts) -

original

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#31 Posted by Kush (9089 posts) -

No reason to bump this thread.