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The guidelines (see this discussion) discouraging cross-posting duplicated questions seems to be limited in scope to multiple posts on SE sites only. In light of a recent post here, I realize that we haven't really had much discussion about how we should address cross-postings on websites outside the SE network. I'm curious to hear the thoughts of the community on this. Should we discourage it as well?

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From a practical standpoint, I think that discouraging cross-posting on sites outside of the SE network does us little good. There's no mechanism for us to enforce it. I think of SE as its own ecosystem; if we import knowledge from outside of SE into the SE ecosystem, it's a good thing. For cross-posters posting outside of SE, all I ask is that if they get a good answer on the non-SE site, they should then post that answer under their own question (as community wiki, because it's probably not "their" answer; it should be properly attributed), so that everyone who visits SciComp can benefit.

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  • $\begingroup$ I think I've had the case of answering a question on a non-SE site, and finding that my answer got linked from a "cross-posting" by the same user here (either Math.SE or SO). So I agree that should be a satisfactory approach, giving credit where due. $\endgroup$ – hardmath Dec 29 '12 at 17:17

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