Back in 2016, someone asked a story ID question about a novel, which was answered, and in April of 2018 I added an answer mentioning a short story by the same author which I thought fit the description even better (except, of course, for not being a novel.) I linked to a review of the short story.
In 2019 a very high-rank member of this community (who I thought was a moderator) made an extensive edit of my answer, adding 8 paragraphs of what I felt were spoilers (Yes, 8 paragraphs of spoilers for a short story.). I was not at all happy, and added a comment to that effect:
This answer was extensively edited yesterday by a moderator of this stack to add detailed spoilers (basically the entire plot of the story) which I would have never included. I'm not going to roll back a moderator's edits but I really resent having my name attached to what this answer has become. – arp Jan 15 '19 at 0:44
Well, I was drawn back to the question by an upvote, and the edit is now credited to "Community"; the spoilers I was so unhappy about turn out to be 8 paragraphs of the linked review, verbatim. How is this not plagiarism, and worse yet plagiarism attributed to me?
The other to the answer also shows an edit by 'Community', and is primarily a long uncredited quote from Wikipedia.
So, 2 questions:
Is it now site style to include the bulk of a linked source verbatim?
If it is not, is there any way to identify and revert other instances of what I see as vandalism? (I remember at the time that the user had a very high reputation, and now wonder how much of it was gained by plagiarism, and if perhaps they were removed for cause.)
I doubt my little answer is an isolated case, which is why I'm raising this issue; but it's at Book: Gen-manipulated intelligent squids explore space/planet
Someone edited the answer to quote a shortened version of the review; I replaced it with this:
This theme first came up in Baxter's short story “Sheena 5”; see Variety SF for a review, which is much more about the squid and less about the humans.
A squid is genetically modified to be intelligent enough to pilot and land a spacecraft; she manages to proudly complete her mission without letting her ground controllers know that she managed to get pregnant on Earth. A few of her offspring inherited her intelligence, and the end result is a whole colony of intelligent squid in space.
Is that now sufficient to stand on its own?
I see a newer answer to the same question where the author was asked to provide more detail; I'm still upset that I wasn't given the same courtesy.