While looking for answers to select as the proper answer to questions I've asked recently, I discovered a post which qualifies for moderation review. Stemming from Why aren't people answering using their own words? and Must answers provide citations if using external sources, and if so, how should the citing be done? , what should we do when we find text which is unattributed?
Taking the post I discovered (without linking to it), here is the answer text, posted verbatim, which has been sitting around for a few days, and has accumulated multiple up-votes:
From what i know, It's an extra way of being territorial. By putting their claw marks on the ground they're saying This is part of my territory! :)
All dogs have glands in their feet that secrete pheromones, and a couple of backward scratches into the earth (or grass as in your case) releases those chemicals.
Analysis: While parts of the first sentence do not appear in searches and seem to be the poster's own words, the second major sentence, suspiciously line-broken after the "Also,", is straight from this website page (not including the parenthesized answer-specific text):
All dogs have glands in their feet that secrete pheromones, and a couple of backward scratches into the earth releases those chemicals.
I have flagged it for moderator review.
Which of the following tasks should be done when we find text which is unattributed?
- Leave a comment to the author, creating public debate on the answer
- Fix the post outright through editing (either paraphrasing, re-phrasing, or adding the cite to the external website)
- Flagging them for moderator review
- One or more of the above