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The different license means that, in general, you cannot take information from Wikipedia and copy it to SeattleTechWiki, nor can you take information from SeattleTechWiki and contribute it to Wikipedia. Despite these restrictions, there is plenty you can do:

  • You can take any fact from either wiki and contribute it to the other. Facts are not copyrightable. Links are a type of fact. Collections of facts are still facts (but see below).
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You are free to take any text on either wiki and write another version of it which covers the same information. The underlying information is not covered by the copyright.

You may always contribute the same text to multiple wikis.