# Livestream plagiarism of question titles from Math.SE onto Quora

I noticed this first over at Chinese.SE and it turns out it was reported 5 months ago on meta.SE. A Quora user Dex Jackson is copy/pasting large numbers of question titles from Stack Exchange onto Quora; this user's activity page is like a plagiarism livestream.

I again reported this to Stack Exchange, but I'm not expecting much of a response. I went to Quora, flagging multitudes of posts, filled in complaint forms, and providing answers linking to the original question, but this eventually got me banned from Quora; they seem disinterested in fixing their problem.

This Quora user is plagiarizing material Stack Exchange wide. Some recent math.SE posts are:

I just want to alert you to this.

• When I click on the Quora link I see only a title but no further text of the Math.SE post.. Is only the title of the post copied? – miracle173 Jul 7 '20 at 23:28
• Yes, Quora questions only have titles. Although people answer them at Quora rather than at Stack Exchange. – Rebecca J. Stones Jul 7 '20 at 23:29
• But most of this Quora questions do not make sense. Often the formulas they contain are mutilated. That does not make sense to me. – miracle173 Jul 7 '20 at 23:36
• This seems mostly likely to be heavily scripted (but badly so) in some respect or another. – Eevee Trainer Jul 8 '20 at 0:06
• My theory is that he is trying to gain rep on either SO or Quora by duplicating the questions onto Quora, then taking whichever one gives him an answer first and pasting that answer into the other one. However, I checked on a handful of the ones above that have answers on both sites, and I haven't yet found any that are identical across the two sites. That doesn't mean my theory is wrong; it might just mean either he hasn't been successful yet or I haven't found the evidence. – shoover Jul 8 '20 at 4:49
• Is there anything actually wrong with this? Assuming they are not using it to gain reputation on either site, it shouldn't cause any problems for 2 answer sites to have answers to the same questions. It may even be beneficial because Quora gives a different answer format to S.E. – user400188 Jul 8 '20 at 9:32
• Off the top of my head, aside from not giving attribution (violating copyright), some of the questions there get answers so the original question may end up with off-site answers (drawing people away from Stack Exchange), people are wasting their time answering questions by a disinterested user, and Quora has a scheme where people get paid (actual money) for asking questions. – Rebecca J. Stones Jul 8 '20 at 9:44
• Yes, copyright is automatic on written work. Most SE content is nowadays licensed under Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0) requiring attribution. – Rebecca J. Stones Jul 8 '20 at 10:11
• You definitely shouldn't have got banned from Quora for pointing this out. – apkg Jul 8 '20 at 10:15
• math.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/22540/… (Not the exact same situation, but seemingly applicable.) – Asaf Karagila Mod Jul 8 '20 at 22:35
• – Rebecca J. Stones Jul 9 '20 at 5:38
• @apkg This is right, but unfortunately I am not surprised. Quora is perfectly dreadful. – Robert Furber Jul 9 '20 at 5:46
• A question on Meta Stack Exchange: Is Quora stealing questions / answers from Stack Exchange sites? (It was recently bumped by a bounty.) – Martin Sleziak Jul 9 '20 at 11:45
• – J. W. Tanner Jul 10 '20 at 3:42
• @MartinSleziak It would be nicely ironic if that meta question made it into the "livestream" :) – Hagen von Eitzen Jul 19 '20 at 22:11

I actually got a reply from Quora (although I'm fairly sure it's just a template):

Jim (Quora)

Jul 8, 2020, 12:18 PM PDT

Dear Rebecca‍,

Thank you for your report. It appears from your claim that you do not own the copyright of the and/or are not authorized to act on behalf of the owner.

We ask that you provide more specific evidence that you own the copyright to the content in question, such as a copyright registration or other information supporting your claim.

Additionally, your complaint lacks certain information we need to understand and respond fully, in accordance with our policies and applicable laws, including the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Please note that a valid DMCA request must include the following information:

• Identify the copyrighted work that you believe is being infringed

• Identify the specific material that you believe is infringing

• Identify specifically the location (e.g., the URL link) of each instance that the allegedly infringing work appears

Once we have received a proper request, we will review your complaint in accordance with our policies and applicable law.

Regards,

Jim User Operations Quora

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Jul 6, 2020, 9:25 PM PDT