Let me start by saying, this is not accusatory. I honestly don't know the answer, so I'm asking.

I posted an answer to a question, and included a general summary of the article I linked, just in case "link rot" ever sets in. The question is here:

Why was there a robot in Rocky IV?

It was edited so that the summary was wrapped in quote markup.

Is this the proper way to handle a user's summary of a source article? I understand that if it was a direct quote then it's definitely the way to go, but is a summary something that should be wrapped in quote markup?

Again, I'm not asking so that someone will take any action. I'm just curious for future answers I give.

  • By the way, I saw your comment on that answer. If you want to address an editor specifically, you can actually use the @-syntax with their user name. It won't autocomplete, but it will give a notification, at least when it's the last editor of the post.
    – Napoleon Wilson Mod
    Commented Jan 8, 2018 at 13:29

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As you thought yourself already, when you're summarizing an article in your own words in contrast to quoting it verbatim, putting the text in quote markup is not appropriate, it's not a quote afterall.

This was likely just a mistake on the editor's part but has also been fixed already.

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