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Quoting sources of questions

W. Joe Smith
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Joined: Feb 10, 2009
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I've noticed lately (and maybe it has been happening longer) that there have been quite a few questions being posted in the forums where the poster references a question they came across while studying but they don't cite the source. Some, even when asked, still seem to skirt the issue, and some people frequently answer the questions before we can find out where exactly the question came from.

I really enjoy these forums and find them very helpful, but I was wondering if there has been any talk to discuss making a person cite their source before an answer can be provided? I've seen a couple pretty shady posts ("It is from a pdf I downloaded" or "A friend gave me a file") that have their questions answered and the sources are never completed cited. I don't want anything to happen to this great place in the event the posts are containing real questions or something like that.

Just thought I'd ask!


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Bert Bates
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Joined: Oct 14, 2002
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Hey W. Joe,

The moderators ask ranchers to cite their sources, as you discussed. The problem is that the moderators aren't always able to see all the forums all the time.

It would be great for you and other ranchers to help out with this effort. In other words, it would be great if I saw rancher A asking rancher B to quote the source of the material being discussed. As long as ranchers remember that the main rule of JavaRanch is to be nice, I'd say ask nicely, and we can all help to make sure that ill-gotten materials are not discussed at the ranch.

Thanks,

Bert


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