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#1  Edited By voi666
is it allowed to copy wikipedia content to giant bomb or do you aim for 'original' content?
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#2  Edited By SarazinRuin

Good Question.

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#4  Edited By Joker

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

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#5  Edited By xplodedd
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  Edited By thebeast

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  Edited By SarazinRuin

K im not good at writing lots though.

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#8  Edited By Termite

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  Edited By Termite

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  Edited By McPlated

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  Edited By thebeast

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  Edited By McPlated

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

Good hustle

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#13  Edited By edwardt

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  Edited By Karmum
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  Edited By thebeast

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  Edited By elektrixx

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

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#17  Edited By voi666
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  Edited By AriekeN

Go for original content.

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#19  Edited By richied0

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  Edited By DaveDog

i would rather go on the games official website or something

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#21  Edited By blizzvalve

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  Edited By LouChou

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  Edited By KindGalaxy

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  Edited By voi666
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  Edited By MattyFTM  Moderator  Online

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  Edited By Jigen

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

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#27  Edited By LouChou

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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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  Edited By thebeast
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  Edited By Thecookiejar

original

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#31  Edited By Kush

No reason to bump this thread.