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I had the same reaction as Marcus: I would always ask the author before sharing anything unpublished, unless the author had posted it publicly already. Another thing I've wondered about (though maybe the comments are the place to ask this) is whether it can ever undermine one's efforts to publish if one shares something too widely. I'm thinking about cases where there are, say, 5-10 people out there who would be ideal referees for a paper, and if one has already shared the paper with those people, they'll have to decline referee requests and editors will have to move on to referees who aren't in quite as good a position to see why the paper should be published. Do people think this ever actually happens, and is it something authors should worry about when sharing their own unpublished work?

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