What's the max length for a quote?

I am asking as this answer quoting 5 sentences got removed because "A link with a lengthy copy/paste isn't an acceptable answer."

Copy of the answer: see the Wayback Machine.

  • Why is the question being downvoted? Great mentality. – Franck Dernoncourt Apr 7 '20 at 6:33


It's not just length. YOU have to provide an answer. The answer you provided was really just a "google this for me" answer.

  • "Quote only the relevant portion" -> that is what I did. – Franck Dernoncourt Apr 1 '20 at 0:56
  • "YOU have to provide an answer." -> the quote is the answer. – Franck Dernoncourt Apr 1 '20 at 0:58
  • @FranckDernoncourt, it could do with a summary in your own words, perhaps something along the lines of "tests involving the related SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV viruses show promise". – Mark Apr 1 '20 at 1:26
  • @Mark Thanks, added. I still think that shouldn't warrant deleting the answer as Carey Gregory did since the quote is clear and concise. – Franck Dernoncourt Apr 1 '20 at 1:30
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    I can't put answers on hold so they can be edited and reopened. I can only leave them to stand or delete them. But they can be undeleted and I'll be perfectly happy to do that if you're willing to edit it and provide a real answer. – Carey Gregory Apr 1 '20 at 3:50
  • @CareyGregory It was a real answer. Anyway, why don't you delete medicalsciences.stackexchange.com/a/22822/43 then, which is "just a lengthy quote" and therefore not a real answer to your eyes? – Franck Dernoncourt Apr 1 '20 at 12:55
  • @FranckDernoncourt He answered his own question, which is a mechanism for providing information. And you even made a trivial edit to it right before posting this comment. But if you're going to be this petulant then flag it and I'll delete it. – Carey Gregory Apr 1 '20 at 14:37
  • @CareyGregory my point, which you have to totally missed, is that 1) a quote can be a perfectly valid answer 2) you have no consistency whatsoever in your deletion sprees. And my edit wasn't trivial, since many readers don't know what Semo is. – Franck Dernoncourt Apr 1 '20 at 14:40
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    @FranckDernoncourt 1) Your opinion conflicts with SE policy as I linked to above. 2) I don't do deletion sprees. I respond to flags from the community, and if you think this job is so easy then why don't you step up and try it yourself instead of making yourself the highest maintenance user on the site? – Carey Gregory Apr 1 '20 at 14:46
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    @FranckDernoncourt See meta.stackexchange.com/questions/160077/… ... "Remember, you still have to write an actual answer, in your own words. A post that consists only of copied text, even when attributed, is not your work either. Use quotes sparingly, to support your own words." - What you are doing here with copy paste answers is totally unacceptable and damages the StackExchange platform. I think you owe Carey an apology for how you've treated him here. – Bryan Krause Apr 2 '20 at 5:32
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    @Franck Not if you don't provide any other useful content. Your answers are entirely quotes and a link. You have contributed no original content in those answers. – Bryan Krause Apr 2 '20 at 17:31
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    @Franck You are wrong, but I don't know how else to convince you. I've provided supporting references to StackExchange policy. It seems nothing will convince you. I'm emphasizing this exactly because I do not take this lightly. Finding a reference is not sufficient contribution. It's not difficult to write these things in your own words and use references for support. – Bryan Krause Apr 2 '20 at 17:44
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    Again, read the answer I linked: "Remember, you still have to write an actual answer, in your own words. A post that consists only of copied text, even when attributed, is not your work either. Use quotes sparingly, to support your own words." An answer that is only a link and a quote is not acceptable. – Bryan Krause Apr 2 '20 at 17:48
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    I try not to make moderation decisions out of irritation but, this is coming to an end now. I'm going to enforce SE's policy by removing both @FranckDernoncourt's and Graham's lengthy quote-only posts as copyright violations. – Carey Gregory Apr 2 '20 at 19:21
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    Depends on the answer of course. For quote-only answers, a single sentence is too long because you can't claim fair use if you provided no original content. That's just out and out plagiarism. For well-reasoned answers, as long as is needed to support the points being made, but no longer. – Carey Gregory Apr 2 '20 at 19:38

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