In this answer a script has been referenced. Its reasonably long, it is also versioned.

Normally, where a page is linked, its nice to also include a synopsys in the answer body, so that, if the link rots, the question still has the basic information required.

In the case of scripts though, a short version isn't much use. Should the whole script be pasted into the answer?

The other issue with pasting a whole script would be that it wouldn't track any fixes/enhancements made on the source page.

What's the preferred way of dealing with this?

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  • It would be great if there was a website that you could feed a URL into, it would give you ond back that would redirect to the page if it is up, otherwise redirecting you to a copy kept on that website's servers. It might poll the site every few hours, if it had changed update the copy, if it 404s, set copy display to true. – hifkanotiks Aug 22 '12 at 11:14

From my experience on the other Stack Exchange sites, so long as the lengthy script/program is fit to be an answer to the question, there is no problem. This is assuming that the material in question is copied in a manner aligned with what the original author intended (and is used as per the author's copyright).

The length of the text is irrelevant, because the code is wrapped by a scroll-bar (after a minimum height is met), to ensure the styling of the Raspberry Pi Stack Exchange site is maintained.

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Again, I think there would only be a problem if code blocks were not wrapped, or if the user was copying material without the author's permission, or against his/her terms of use.

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  • @Good point about the scrolling - as long as its all one block that'll keep it short enough. – Jon Egerton Aug 22 '12 at 14:17
  • Only problem is still the versioning issue. Is that just something we should put up with? – Jon Egerton Aug 22 '12 at 14:29

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