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There is a question on Super User that seems to be copied at earthwithsun.com/questions/13942/paint-net-equivalent-for-linux

If you scroll down to the bottom of earthwithsun.com you'll see another striking likeness; 7903 of them.

"earthwithsun.com" is obviously mirroring superuser.com. They must have some script for copying the questions, comments and answers. I do not see any links back to Super User, or any other notifications of where the content is taken from.

Is this a concern? Is there anything that can be done about it, and should we care?

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    Known offender: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/131846/… Usually you'd report as described here, but I doubt this is necessary for this site: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/200177/… – Daniel Beck Sep 19 '14 at 9:44
  • Nice, did not know about that system, but as you said, that site is already reported there. Thanks! Would you like to make an answer so I can accept it, or do you think I should just delete the question? – Ludwik Sep 19 '14 at 12:34
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    Lots of sites also mirror AskUbuntu.com (questions, answers, and usernames). – Robin Hood Sep 19 '14 at 18:43
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    @Ludwik : That's easy : the databases of all stack exchange sites can be downloaded for free at data.SE (weekly updates). That's said, they are provided for statistical purpose, so I don't know if mirroring is OK. – user2284570 Sep 20 '14 at 23:55
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    Since everything posted is under a creative commons license, I believe it's allowed with some restrictions. This site doesn't give any sort of attribution though – Connor Sep 21 '14 at 2:16
  • See also: xiabox.com goodstuffer.net – SeinopSys Sep 21 '14 at 15:30
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    These people have no shame, do they? – Camilo Martin Sep 22 '14 at 1:59
  • It's so nice to give us (and Google) proper links to help them going up to the top page of all search engines. :) And for that, stack (which already ranks great) will give extra credit to them. – user183734 Sep 23 '14 at 13:19
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    It's worth noting, at least on xiabox, that they include a copyright on the bottom of their page. Since it's a copyright in clear violation of SE's CC license, SE can press criminal charges for copyright violation and file a civil suit as well. Not that that's likely to happen.... but the legal rights are there. – Thomas Sep 26 '14 at 15:33
  • IDK if this is new, but the site you linked to in the question (earthwithsun.com) has links on the side, proclaiming Server questions and answers and Wordpress questions and answers.....haven't checked, but these sound like the same thing for Server Fault and Wordpress.SE – Shokhet Oct 2 '14 at 4:16
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Those sites are scraping content from Super User, as they are allowed to, so long as they follow the rules of attribution:

  1. Visually indicate that the content is from Stack Overflow or the Stack Exchange network in some way. It doesn’t have to be obnoxious; a discreet text blurb is fine.
  2. Hyperlink directly to the original question on the source site (e.g., https://stackoverflow.com/questions/12345)
  3. Show the author names for every question and answer
  4. Hyperlink each author name directly back to their user profile page on the source site (e.g., https://stackoverflow.com/users/12345/username)

If you find a site that is copying, but fails to follow the above four minor steps, please report that site to Stack Exchange and they will take it from there.

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