How often do people actually copy and paste from Stack Overflow? Now we know.

Why bother with a sophisticated supply chain attack when Stack Overflow exists? A pause for thought…how much trust are your developers, or those in your supply chain, putting into code that they’ve copied from Stack Overflow?…:

One out of every four users who visits a Stack Overflow question copies something within five minutes of hitting the page. That adds up to 40,623,987 copies across 7,305,042 posts and comments between March 26th and April 9th. People copy from answers about ten times as often as they do from questions and about 35 times as often as they do from comments. People copy from code blocks more than ten times as often as they do from the surrounding text, and surprisingly, we see more copies being made on questions without accepted answers than we do on questions which are accepted.


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