Is there a way to cite a StackExchange question, in a way similar to arXiv.org for instance ?

For arXiv, I can just write arXiv:1303.6666 for the article at link http://arxiv.org/abs/1303.6666 and this is easier. I'm wondering if I can use something like physics.SE:60738 for the question at link Towing of asteroid ?

EDIT: Of course, I do not want to cite a SE question inside SE, but outside, on a paper, in a presentation or during a lecture for instance. Sorry for the possible confusion.

RELATED QUESTION: Do we want the citation tool from Math.SE? Here we wonder if it exist a way to format citation without writing the full link, for instance to cite a question during a lecture or a presentation.

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    $\begingroup$ Manishearth opened Do we want the citation tool from Math.SE? as well. $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 11, 2013 at 14:08
  • $\begingroup$ @dmckee Thanks a lot for this remark. But this is not exactly what I wanted to know. Most of the time, during presentation and/or lecture, I can not write a full link. Even if I did it, nobody will recopy it by hand. I wonder if it exists a shortcut that everybody would understand and easier to write, like for arXiv. $\endgroup$
    – FraSchelle
    Commented Apr 12, 2013 at 11:57

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Find the "cite" button underneath a post

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Then click it, and you'll get the BiBTeX and amsrefs source for citing a post:

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  • $\begingroup$ Yes sounds great this cite button. What I would like to know is if it exists some Stack-Exchange proposal like this one [de.arxiv.org/help/faq/references ] for arXiv.org. But I definitely vote for this cite button ;-) $\endgroup$
    – FraSchelle
    Commented Apr 11, 2013 at 7:46

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