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What is the policy for linking? E.g.: Why should we link to abstract pages rather than pdf files? How do we cite arXiv preprints?

There are multiple reasons why it's better to link to abstract pages rather than directly to the PDF versions: Mobile users and users with slow internet connection prefer an abstract page over a PDF ...
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Should link-shortener services be off-limits?

Yes, we should avoid shortened links. There is no need to use shortened links on our site - almost no post ever runs into the upper character limit for posts, and by default you should use links as ...
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Answers quoting non-peer reviewed material

No. A non-peer reviewed reference is better than no reference. The reader can judge the legitimacy of a reference him/herself. In general, Phys.SE encourages answerers to back up claims with ...
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Posting a picture of my working

No-one here is paid to answer your questions. In fact no-one here receives any reward for answering your questions other than the feeling of satisfaction that we've left the world of physics a ...
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Can one earn a golden tag after adding 100 000 tags?

The existing badge system has a very low distinction between tag edits and more general edits (i.e. edits that also modify the body or the title of the question). There is already a badge series that ...
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Updating links upon site migration of https://www.mat.univie.ac.at/~neum

Thanks for raising this one to our attention. We've now executed the requested change. As with all link replacements, we do expect a bit of routine cleanup work, so be on the lookout for any cases ...
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Cite documents rather than linking only

The dead link in your particular example has been preserved by the Internet Archive. The Internet Archive is a fabulous project, and if you don't know about it you should spend some time getting ...
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Posting links to online calculators

Wolfram is a business. I'm not going to stop posting links to various useful stuff on Wolfram Alpha (so long as it remains free). Many Journals are also published by businesses, but I guess we have to ...
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Is it okay to give a link to video lecture as reference source?

In general, we expect posts to be self contained so that all details needed are provided & users do not have to go off-site to find out what you're really questioning. Hence, you should provide a ...
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How to get a direct link to a particular answer?

Questions and answers are followed by several links, one of which is "share." Clicking "share" opens a little modal window with the permalink in a text box and a button that lets you copy it to your ...
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Proper formatting of links

There’s no difference for the person clicking the link, but there are minor differences for the person posting it, and for a hypothetical person who might read the URL but not click. The magic number ...
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Broken internal link

Educated guess: I think the answer here is that the current Astronomy.SE is the second iteration of that site. The first iteration failed at some stage in the Area51 process and Physics absorbed many ...
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How to deal with questions based on videos?

Besides the points made in the answers by David Z & Emilio Pisanty, make sure to mention in the question lecturer, title, etc, of video, so the link can be recreated in case of link rot. minute ...
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corrected inline link syntax

A question link is converted to its question title in questions & answers but not in comments. (In chat it is possible to one-box a question link.)
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Explicit mobile links: should I edit to fix them?

So, my question is, should I go through the linked list and edit them so the links aren't explicit? It seems like it would be a good thing to do, but I want to make sure. Just to be clear, the change ...
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Posting a picture of my working

Will I get a whole load of moderators moaning at me? Yes. Not just moderators, but the whole spectrum of site members (as Kyle Kanos mentioned in a comment). And it's not just moaning; questions ...
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Proper formatting of links

Presumably$^1$ not, but it is most safe to use the permalink format suggested when clicking the share button. It sometimes makes a difference if the URL contains extra stuff (e.g. accidentally linking ...
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Recover deleted image links

The answer here is "probably not." When you click the "add picture" button in the editor, your image gets sent to Imgur, who re-host the image. They give your image a unique line-...
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Broken theoreticalphysics.SE link - What to do?

Since all TP.SE threads were migrated to Phys.SE, it is in principle possible to fix the link, which is hereby done.
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The mainstream-physics close reason has a link to meta with the user ID of a moderator. Can it be removed?

It's not possible to change the text of an existing close reason. We'd have to create a whole new one, presumably with the same text except for the link URL. Personally, I don't think it's worth the ...
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Updating links upon site migration of https://www.mat.univie.ac.at/~neum

Redirect I have noticed that links to this domain are redirected to the new domain. For example, take this question: Can you represent neutron as stable superposition of decay products? (the current ...
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Use this userscript when you share a link

I will add that the site Bookmarklets for Stack Exchange contains several useful bookmarklets. The one called "Formatted link to a webpage" is useful exactly for situation like this - if you want ...
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