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Transferring my questions and answers from StackOverflow and other SE sites

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Is it acceptable if I "transfer" my questions and answers from StackOverflow and other SE sites to their respective sites on Codidact?

I do not want to go back to SE sites, never more in my life, but I also would not like to lose all the knowledge that I registered there, and that I understand is a knowledge that also belongs to me and that can belong as well to the new Codidact community.

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For now, please note that most communities here are small and most sites are still just starting up. So while you can import posts from SE, please do this very carefully so that the imported content don't flood a site already struggling with activity. Lundin‭ 19 days ago

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As this answer says, yes, absolutely -- it's your work and you're free to post it here.

While you're doing so, please see if you can improve it too. Instead of just copying stuff, let's make it better on Codidact. And if you want to import answers, the best approach is to re-ask the question in your own words and then answer it. (Self-answers are fine.) The new framing of the question should attract other answers too.

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English isn't my primary language, so I will try to express myself in the most respectful way possible: It's an honor to be part of Codidact and bring my content here, even more because you are also participating, Monica. Thank you very much! paulocoghi‭ 20 days ago

I've done a self answer before here (On photography). I remember one answer I have on SE. Would it be fine if I copied the question as well? 10 Rep‭ 19 days ago

@paulocoghi‭ thank you and welcome to Codidact! I am very happy that we have people who want to come here and work together to build excellent communities. Monica Cellio‭ 19 days ago

@10Rep yes, if you have content on SE that fits a community here (like Photography), please feel free to bring it over. If you can make it better (update for anything else you've learned since then, etc), that's even better. Monica Cellio‭ 19 days ago

@10Rep‭ "Would it be fine if I copied the question as well?" No, not if you mean simply copying and pasting it. There is more to it than that. If you did that on EE, for example, I'd delete the whole thing as soon as I saw it. Other sites may have different policies. Overall it's not quite as simple as the first two answers here lead you to believe. Olin Lathrop‭ 19 days ago

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In one word: Absolutely!

If it's your own content, it's yours to rework and/or relicense as you see fit (or keep under CC BY-SA 4.0 as SE mandated with a twist last I looked, which admittedly was a while ago).

If it's someone else's content, you'll need to either rewrite it such that it is no longer considered a derivative work, or comply with the terms of the license under which it is available on SE.

See also Claiming posts sourced from StackExchange.

Just: if you're manually migrating content, please try to not dump it all at once onto a site (it can easily bury other posts), and try to improve it at the same time.

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I will do as you said, Canina, bringing my content gradually paulocoghi‭ 20 days ago

This answer gives too much of the impression that it is OK to import anything you want. That is definitely NOT true. There are tradeoffs, downsides, and other considerations that anyone thinking of importing content must be aware of. The answer is NOT and unqualified "absolutely". Please don't give that impression. Olin Lathrop‭ 19 days ago

@OlinLathrop I'm struggling to see what is the principal difference between my answer and yours, particularly considering each's opening sentence. (You used "always", I used "absolutely". Neither is the entirety of the answer.) The question being asked here is about bringing over one's own content, not that of others. I included the part about others' content not as a carte blanche to go copying others' content without attribution, but because some posts include quotes from other posts. Canina‭ 19 days ago

The OP asked about transferring his "questions and answers". It's not clear to me that he didn't implicitly include all answers to a question with "question", or that he wasn't considering dragging someone else's question along when copying his answer. There are some serious drawbacks to copying content from elsewhere. It can be done, but various things should be considered. Olin Lathrop‭ 19 days ago

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It is always fine to bring over your own content. After all, it's yours.

However, some sites here will not appreciate you bringing over anyone else's content. That would require us to show attribution, which results in links to elsewhere that we don't want. For example, on the EE site, we don't want any copied content.

If it's your question, there is little problem copying it. But, don't copy any answers unless you wrote them. Basically, you can ask the same question here as you did elsewhere.

If you really want one of your own brilliant answers here, then copy the essence of the question, but not its words directly. Again, some sites here don't want anything that would require attribution. In this case you have the advantage of knowing the answer, so you should be able to write a clearer and more to the point question than the OP. Once the question has be re-written here in your own words, then you can self-answer it here by bringing over your answer.

In all cases when bringing your content here from elsewhere, take the opportunity to read it over, fix typos, spelling errors, awkward wording, and the like. Consider adding section headings, illustrations, etc, to make your post here better than the original. We want to be better than elsewhere, which is clearly impossible to achieve if all we do is copy from elsewhere.

There is the additional problem that search engines will penalize us if we have a lot of copied content. Early in Codidact's history, a few sites mass-imported content from SE. This turned out to actually hurt those sites. We are now in the process of figuring out what to do about it, with some duplicate content having already been deleted.

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