Can i quote wikipedia in my ezine article?

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Just wanted to ask first here, before I go and do it, I plan to quote it and write - Source Wikipedia after it, its about one paragraph. If not ill just rewrite the paragraph in my own words.
#article #ezine #wikipedia
  • Profile picture of the author jennypitts
    As far as I am concerned, quoting Wikipedia in an ezine article should not be a problem. I think the problem arises when you quote others in Wikipedia, I do not think they like it and can cancel your submission.
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  • Profile picture of the author Matt Gannon
    Well I hope that its okay, because I just submitted it!
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  • Profile picture of the author Anup Mahajan
    Let us know how it goes..


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    • Profile picture of the author Jillian Slack
      I know it's too late and you've already submitted it, but for future articles, why not just avoid it?

      It might require a little digging, but if you find a fact or quote on Wikipedia and you want to use it, dig a little deeper and find the true source.

      Sometimes it's one of the links at the end of the article, in the footnotes.

      Sometimes it's not so easy and you'll end up Googling the fact and playing with the way it is phrased.

      I've been able to track down the true source of information this way many times, and I would much prefer to have that original source rather than Wikipedia since anyone (and everyone) can contribute to Wikipedia.
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  • Profile picture of the author Matt Gannon
    Well the part I took was the intro of the wiki and I believe it was written by the author of the wiki itself, but I did look at the sources and found valuable information that I can use later, thank you very much!
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  • Profile picture of the author Ofthemix
    I quote all the time. I think the thing about quoting any website is making sure that you site them as the source for your information. For example, I'll usually write "Per blah(whatever word I'm using) is defined as "definition". I've never run into a problem doing that.
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  • Profile picture of the author Steven Carl Kelly
    All Wikipedia content is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike license and can also be used under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License.

    That means yes, you CAN use the content, verbatim, so long as you follow the rules. See this link for complete details:

    Wikipedia:Reusing Wikipedia content - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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  • Profile picture of the author A. Green
    I agree with Jillian. Of course, it depends on the purpose of your article. If you're just building links, then no worries. If you're hoping to get people to actually read the articles, click the link in your bio, and go buy something, though, then a more reputable source would add useful credibility.

    Honestly, when I see anyone use info from wikipedia, I presume they don't really know much about the subject. Wikipedia is convenient, but it's got a reputation for being error-ridden. Even if I know the writer is an expert, their use of wikipedia makes them seem kind of lazy. I know they *do* have good info on some subjects, but they just don't have a very good reputation.
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