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    IMPORTANT! Posting WotC articles wholesale...

    Hey folks,

    A lot of people have been pasting articles by WotC wholesale into threads and posts recently. We do understand that there are people with troubles viewing the original articles, but I'm afraid that we need to ask you to stop doing this.

    What is OK

    It's OK to post a snippet, some intro text or to summarize the contents of an article. As a rule of thumb, I'd keep any copy/pasted text to one paragraph or so.

    I and the moderators will be keeping an eye out and removing any such posts from now on (we're not going to go back over old threads and hunt them down). Please don't create extra work for us, and if you see someone doing it, feel free to report the post so that we can get to it!

    Thanks for understanding!
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    This is due to the fact that those articles are supposed to be a perk for only those with DDI accounts, as oppsed to ENWorld staffers being horrible human beings, correct?
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    Well being a DDI member *is* free for the time being, so I don't see what the big deal is.

    One presumes that someone from Wizards asked Morrus to stop letting people post entire articles.

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    Or it could be that people take a long time to change. In a few weeks, it won't be allowed at all. If they just said, "No more." people would continue to do it. By stopping it now, the posts will gradually slow until nobody is doing it.

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    Ya, thats it.

    This does make "scooping" a little easier.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fiendish Dire Weasel
    This is due to the fact that those articles are supposed to be a perk for only those with DDI accounts, as oppsed to ENWorld staffers being horrible human beings, correct?
    Actually, US copyright law should be the primary reason. Copying a whole article does not constitute "fair use". Excerpts in review do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by billd91
    Actually, US copyright law should be the primary reason. Copying a whole article does not constitute "fair use". Excerpts in review do.
    This.

    Plus, it's not something new -- we don't permit people attaching the whole Order of the Stick comics over here, for example -- and I've been seeing ever since April's increase in WotC previews that people have been just copying the whole preview over here rather than just linking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fiendish Dire Weasel
    This is due to the fact that those articles are supposed to be a perk for only those with DDI accounts, as oppsed to ENWorld staffers being horrible human beings, correct?
    Nope the excerpts are not actually part of D&D Insider.

    You do not need an account to access them either.

    For example

    http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/4ex/20080514a


    Excerpts are under the Products menu on the left and features in the middle, only stuff under the Dragon and Dungeon tabs needs a DnD Insider account*.




    *actually even that isn't true you just add "&authentic=true" onto the end of a link and it logs you in anyway.
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