Over the last couple of weeks there has been a growing number of answers that are unabashed copy/pastes of entire posts from sources around the web. These have generally been pointed out in the comments under the answer as such, but I wonder if this is the ideal way to handle blatant plagiarism.
This Meta question on the subject from a decade ago outlines some thoughts on how unattributed copying should be dealt with, such as:
- editing the answer to include a link to the source
- removing the answer as it's someone's attempt to take credit for another person's work
A case can certainly be made for both of these options.
Ideally, it would be great to have a way to flag these sorts of posts so that an answer could be examined for plagiarism by multiple people and voted upon, much like is done for other types of actions:
It is unlikely that the Stack Exchange development team will invest the time into something like this if it hasn't been enough of an issue, yet.
So, getting back to the question, what is the policy for dealing with plagiarism? Should the source link be edited into the answer? Should the source link be added as a comment in the hope that the creator of the answer will edit their own post? Should the answer be flagged for moderator intervention? Or is there a better way to handle this?