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Can you tell me if it is allowed to borrow a diagram from another post in this site? Is it necessary to cite both the source and the post from which it was borrowed?

Thanks

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  • $\begingroup$ And I diagnose this user76123 was one among the recently removed bunch, discussed here. Which means the correct answer below shall never be accepted. Big :( $\endgroup$ – 299792458 Apr 1 '15 at 16:09
  • $\begingroup$ @TheDarkSide Since there's no reputation to be gained or lost on meta, it's not a big deal that it won't get accepted. Don't sweat it. $\endgroup$ – tpg2114 Apr 1 '15 at 16:37
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(Answer updated by including Moderator inputs)

All user contributions on Physics.SE are licensed with the following stipulation, as may be seen from the Terms of Service (Section 3), which specify the exact attribution requirements for reusing content outside of the Stack Exchange network:

user contributions licensed under cc by-sa 3.0 with attribution required

The same may also be seen by scrolling to the bottom of this page, which is a mere reminder of the same.

So, attribution is required, i.e. you should cite the source. Once you do that, reusing ("borrowing") images is allowed, which is consistent with this site's policy on plagiarism.

As an aside, that's also true as a safe, general practice in science.

Hope that helps :)

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    $\begingroup$ I'd suggest adding a reference to the terms of service which specify the exact attribution requirements for reusing content outside of the Stack Exchange network (sec 3). In addition to that, for anything posted on this site we have attribution requirements, not as a legal matter, but as part of our policy on plagiarism. $\endgroup$ – David Z Mar 31 '15 at 5:55
  • $\begingroup$ @DavidZ - Thanks. I have updated the answer including your inputs. But sadly, the OP's gone. $\endgroup$ – 299792458 Apr 1 '15 at 16:24

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