I've read a lot of great answers from very generous people contributing on SE:Chem. However, sometimes I've come across an occasional answer where large swaths if not the entire response was a straight 'copy/paste' answer without any indication that the information was borrowed. While I am not against borrowing information (we don't have to re-invent the wheel), we should be appropriately citing our sources.
My question is, to what extent can we borrow information before it becomes a poor answer?
Many times I've seen a user post a comment with a link, pointing the OP toward the information that they need. I don't think it would be appropriate to simply copy and paste that information as a response without sourcing it and adding your own personal interpretation, prose, etc. to the answer. Of course, blockquotes are great for setting off this type of borrowed information.
And if I may, I'd like to add one other question. Should we have a system in place that flags for blatant plagiarism?
In the professional world, plagiarism is criminal and a very serious issue. While it would be somewhat ridiculous to subject a Chem:SE user to criminal repercussions for plagiarism, I think that we should have a system in place that discourages this by being able to flag/report such incidents. Clearly, if one finds the original source, a comment should be made to the post with a link. But what happens if plagiarism becomes a problem with a particular user or as a community in general? What if the original source isn't immediately found or isn't found at all?