Related: How can I cite a question in SE?

Math.SE has a citation tool. Basically, if you click "share" on a post, there's a little "cite" link: enter image description here

Clicking that, you get:

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This lets one properly cite a Physics.SE post in a document by the attribution rules.

Do we want this? While it may not be so useful for formal journal articles, I see how it could be useful for miscellaneous documents (remember, visitors can use it too).

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    $\begingroup$ Spiffy. I haven't seen a lot of what I would characterize as original work here, but there have been a few. $\endgroup$ Apr 11, 2013 at 14:08
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    $\begingroup$ @dmckee: Don't we disallow original physics? Either way, there's a lot of great answers that would be nice to cite in lecture slides and tutorial/exercise sheets. $\endgroup$ Apr 11, 2013 at 14:10
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    $\begingroup$ @dmckee Well, perhaps a way to encourage original contributions is by facilitating proper citations. $\endgroup$
    – a06e
    Apr 11, 2013 at 20:13
  • $\begingroup$ +1 to all the above comments $\endgroup$
    – FraSchelle
    Apr 12, 2013 at 13:16

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This has been turned on for your site and is currently live. Cheers!

  • $\begingroup$ It's showing up; thanks! :D $\endgroup$ Apr 17, 2013 at 19:40

Absolutely. I've only been helped a few times now, but I would want to professionally acknowledge some of the most interesting answers and posters.

From a practical point of view, it is also very useful. Say, for example, one of my audience members wants to dwell deeper to an answer that I cite.


I think this is a great idea. There are lots of places besides a journal article where a proper citation is appropriate, and there are lots of reasons to cite good discussions even if they don't contain "original physics". For instance, I might cite a derivation given on SE in a set of review notes, or I might provide students with a reference to a post where the author did a really good job of asking for help with a homework problem. Attribution makes SE a better resource for everyone.


absolutely! This will encourage people to present their sources which is very very important imo.


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