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Where on the Main C.SE site or Christianity Meta is the information discouraging just copying and pasting even when referencing the source?

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If your answer is entirely a quote of another work and nothing else, then you should expect negative feedback, even if you sourced it.

If your answer copies the content from another source and does not note that source, then it is plagiarism, which is a serious offence in academic settings, which is exactly the setting we are going for here.

I consider this common sense for anyone who went to high school.

The help center covers this exactly:

Plagiarism - posting the work of others with no indication that it is not your own

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Do not copy the complete text of external sources; instead, use their words and ideas to support your own.

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  • I consider this common sense for anyone who went to high school. - What is expected external to the site may not translate to the site - that too ought to be common sense. – user13992 Feb 7 '15 at 0:26
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    This question was about quote only answers that were referenced, not plagiarism. No original content is a different problem than not sourcing. – Caleb Feb 7 '15 at 16:55

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