Msg#: 3449092 posted 7:02 am on Sep 13, 2007 (gmt 0)
Nah, it doesn't bother me at all. It's legal to use the content if I choose. I do make sure content on my site is accurate, and the bit of Wikipedia I've used in the past has been terrible I usually ignore it or rewrite it.
I'm wondering though, say if I were to republish legal content from maybe 50 different sites and combine them with some original articles, would there be a penalty for duplicate content, and if so, how serious?
I'd suggest putting the articles in a separate directory and ban it via robots.txt. Google will never even see the duplicated content. The pages won't rank, but in all likelihood they wouldn't have anyways.
That way you'll be able to put this problem behind you. I don't see how anyone could really give you a hard and fast answer about what will happen, or how much duplicated content is too much.
(BTW, per your other thread, you can ban Googlebot while still allowing the AdSense "Mediapartners" spider. I doubt that would involve any risk.)