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Suppose there is an answer given by a user which seems like it would fit perfectly as a tag wiki entry (or part of one).

What should be the proper etiquette regarding copy&paste of the answer into the tag wiki?

Notifying by comment seems like a good idea, but what if the comment is not responded to, and some time have passed? A second comment? Just taking it off and leaving credit to the writer on the tag wiki?

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  • $\begingroup$ I think suggestion via comment followed by a reasonable wait is sufficient; if no response, go ahead and copy and paste. You can always remove it if, at a later date, the author reappears and objects. $\endgroup$ – Arturo Magidin Jun 21 '11 at 21:01
  • $\begingroup$ @Arturo: what about notifying the user? $\endgroup$ – Asaf Karagila Jun 21 '11 at 21:10
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    $\begingroup$ Sure; say you put it as a comment suggesting you would like to do that. You wait an appropriate amount of time (whatever that may be); you get no response to the comment. You decide to go ahead and copy/paste it to the tag wiki description. Then you can post a follow-up comment saying you have gone ahead and done so, but if the author objects later you can take it down. Seems reasonable and corteous to me. $\endgroup$ – Arturo Magidin Jun 21 '11 at 21:13
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    $\begingroup$ While I agree with Arturo that notifying the author is the courteous thing to do, by design of this website it should not be necessary. All content posted to the SE sites are released by the authors under a CC license, so technically you could just copy it over (with proper attribution etc.) $\endgroup$ – Willie Wong Jun 22 '11 at 8:29
  • $\begingroup$ @Willie, Arturo: Thanks, actually last night I started copying into the tag wiki and then realized it does not fit as well I thought. I gave it the night and decided it is indeed unfitting, but I will "salvage" some parts of the answer into a tag wiki soon (with credits, of course). $\endgroup$ – Asaf Karagila Jun 22 '11 at 8:36

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