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I recently found a website with an excellent list of open data links. I wanted to provide part of this list as an answer to this question.

I copied the relevant portion of the list (including descriptions) verbatim into this answer. I included a link to the original website, mentioned the name of the author of that website, and included a link to donate to keep that website alive.

Sometimes websites go away, so if I just provided a link to the original website then my answer could become useless in the future.

Normally I would try to add some value to the information, but the original list is so well-described that putting it into my own words seems like it could only make it worse, not better.

Was that okay? What could/should I have done instead?

TL;DR: Is it okay to directly copy from another website to answer a question here?

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Was that okay?

100% fine by me.

Is it okay to directly copy from another website to answer a question here?

Yes.


(another option is to use the "Save Page Now" feature or archive.org, if you don't want to type everything out here.)

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    Thank you for the "save page now" suggestion; I used it immediately. I had heard of the Wayback Machine, but I assumed it ran on fairydust and magic (like the rest of the internet). I didn't realize I could add pages to it myself. – csk Apr 5 at 18:28
  • i use a bookmarklet to add everything to the wayback machine. its the best! – albert May 18 at 15:49

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