I was editing some of the wiki tags, and made a rather basic mistake of copying material from sites like Wikipedia. This may seem like blatant error to many of you, but I am a relatively new user, and didn't know that was against the rules.

Because five of my suggested edits were rejected, I have been (hoepfully) temporarily banned from editing questions and answers. Does anyone know how long this ban will last? Is it permanent? I really didn't mean to break the rules, I was just unaware of them at the time, and have legitimate edit suggestions for other posts.

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Your edit ban is temporary, and you'll be resume making suggested edits again next week. In the meantime, though, you might want to take some time to ask yourself why your edits were rejects, or you might find yourself suspended from edits again.

I can see by looking at your history, though, that you might want to take a look at this meta post, and also keep in mind that you shouldn't copy/paste text from other sources, even Wikipedia, to be included in a tag wiki.

  • I know exactly why I was banned, because I copied from Wikipedia, not understanding that I couldn't at the time
    – wcarhart
    Aug 11, 2016 at 10:43
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    @ThePickleTickler If you're gonna copy from Wikipedia, make sure to indicate your source by linking to the source article. Both Wikipedia and Stack Exchange use the CC-BY-SA license. Basically you can copy text from one to the other as long as you indicate your source and link to the source page. Aug 11, 2016 at 11:14
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    That said, we generally dislike straight up copy pastes from Wikipedia, even with attribution; we want something that is helpful for this community specifically.
    – Frank
    Aug 11, 2016 at 12:07

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