Texts that are verbatim copied from somewhere else

This is related to the following answer, which is a verbatim copy of a text from the source cited at the end: https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/153/what-should-i-learn-first-mathematica-or-matlab/277#277

I don't think it is right to verbatim copy some text as an answer without using a blockquote, or quotation marks, even if the source is cited at the end. Even in that case, I think the answer should be made community wiki, because the author should not gain reputation from it.

• If the source is obscure I don't see why the quoter shouldn't get some rep as a "finder's fee". (Possibly even if the source is not obscure but the connection to the question wouldn't be obvious without being pointed that way?) But it certainly needs to be made very clear up front that it's a quote rather than an original post. (Your example is especially egregious that way because the quoted text is itself a bit argumentative, so it reads as the poster's own argument.) – walkytalky Aug 12 '10 at 10:59