It's about this post: https://serverfault.com/a/573357/468941

I edited it a while ago, adding source material, including a quote. My edit got approved but in the meantime the original author edited the post and removed the hyperlink to the source but left the quote.

I feel that it is unfair to quote something and neither marking it as a quote nor linking to the original content. I do not have enough reputation to comment yet, otherwise that's what I would have done.

EDIT: I just noticed that the original author actually did modify the quote a bit. I guess it doesn't qualify as quote anymore in this case. Nonetheless, my question remains: What should be done if a case like this occured?

I think you don't have sufficient reputation yet to see the complete revision history of Q&A's. After your edit there have been two additional edits on the answer:

  • Revision #5 by another user with remark: "clarified the meaning of the research by WISC by adding a related resource; deleting ZFS descriptions that are not relevant to this question"

  • Revision #6 by the original author of the answer with remark: "merge kubanczyk's comment on ZFS; this post is about ECC, so I don't elaborate on FS memory consumption beyond what's required to frame the ECC-ZFS article cited."

Do those remarks sufficiently clarify why those edits have been made?


I feel that it is unfair to quote something and neither marking it as a quote nor linking to the original content.

Indeed. Plagiarism is frowned on by our community, quotes and citations should be properly referenced.
Adding correct formatting and a link would be one suitable address, commenting or flagging the post for moderation attention are others.

  • I did have sufficient reputation, my problem was that I didn't notice that the author actually did modify the quote before I posted here. Anyway, thank you for the answer. I now know what to do should this problem ever arise again. – bl4x1 Jul 16 at 21:39
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    Revision history is visible without even being logged in. – kasperd Jul 18 at 4:41

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