I must have missed something. What is this "cite" in the same line as "edit" and "close" in a question, and "edit" and "flag" in an answer. Cite what and where?

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    $\begingroup$ See meta.stackexchange.com/q/189213/209806 $\endgroup$
    – Qmechanic Mod
    Dec 13, 2015 at 9:29
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    $\begingroup$ I am no wiser for the link. Where will the citation appear? The link also gives a process: click share??? $\endgroup$
    – anna v
    Dec 13, 2015 at 10:45
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    $\begingroup$ @Qmechanic ok, I pressed share in one of my answers and out came facebook etc ( in which I am not registered) . If I were, would pressing share and then,, lets say facebook and then cite the link would appear on facebook? what are all those commands appearing when pressing "cite"? $\endgroup$
    – anna v
    Dec 13, 2015 at 10:50
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    $\begingroup$ Hi! Check my question: What is the function of cite below each question & answer?; probably it is related (or dup?). $\endgroup$
    – user36790
    Dec 13, 2015 at 13:14
  • $\begingroup$ I personally love the bibtex. $\endgroup$ Dec 13, 2015 at 17:06
  • $\begingroup$ I'm not quite sure what the confusion is. The cite button produces a BibTeX or AMSRefs bibliographic database entry that describes the question. The intended use case is for people who want to cite Stack Exchange posts in an academic paper, or similar document, written in LaTeX. You include the entry in your .bib file (or similar) and then compile the bibliography as usual. It also gives a suggested format for the citation's final look in the paper. $\endgroup$ Dec 13, 2015 at 18:21
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    $\begingroup$ @EmilioPisanty Thanks, it is also explained in the duplicate. (I searched for "cite" but did not see the duplicate question) $\endgroup$
    – anna v
    Dec 13, 2015 at 19:16
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    $\begingroup$ @dmckee Have you actually used it in anger? I understand the use case in MO but I don't quite see the applicability here - I'd cite SE in, say, lecture notes or something, but not really in a journal publication. $\endgroup$ Dec 13, 2015 at 19:23
  • $\begingroup$ @Emilo A couple times in documents prepared for class. I take care to do a thorough job of citing sources to set a good example. $\endgroup$ Dec 13, 2015 at 23:36


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