Writing essays or original research Edit

This faux pas has come up quite a bit recently. Shall we add a 9th item? --TribbleFurSuit 16:32, 7 November 2008 (UTC)

Discussed previously at talk: MA:NOT. --Alan 17:03, 7 November 2008 (UTC)

Thanks for that, but it doesn't address my question. All the discussion there shows is that essay/O.R. definitely IS faux pas. What I'm asking here is: is it common enough to qualify listing here? I say: Hecks yes, especially lately. You know what else? For that matter, the MA:NOT page never got updated, even after a pretty clear consensus in that discussion that MA:NOT should have essays/OR listed there. Based on that discussion alone, I feel completely justified in going over there right now and correcting the oversight. --TribbleFurSuit 17:38, 7 November 2008 (UTC)

Copyright Edit

Not that I support it, but copying from Wikipedia does NOT violate any sort of copyrights. It is open source, so it is free to use for non-profit purposes. TJ Spyke 01:53, September 5, 2010 (UTC)

Yes it does. the licenses are incompatible. - Archduk3 02:10, September 5, 2010 (UTC)
To be clear, "open source" doesn't mean you can simply copy at will. There are certain requirements attached, such as attribution, what you are allowed to copy (if anything), what you are allowed to copy for (commercial vs non-commercial use), etc. This is all outlined in the license, which is used even if something is open source. Most open source Linux distributions, for example, are published under the GNU General Public License, a nice sized document that outlines rules for the use of the content being published. Memory Alpha uses a version of the Creative Commons license, another popular "free to use" license. The license Wikipedia is using is not compatible with ours. --OuroborosCobra talk 02:25, September 5, 2010 (UTC)
It might be worth it to create a Help:Copyright page, and then link to it here and at Memory Alpha:Copyright. - Archduk3 02:33, September 5, 2010 (UTC)