I just re-read this answer of mine and noticed I'd made some claims without proper references. I will edit this if I find time, but it will require a bit (not that much of course) of work because I wrote all references as plain text. Is there a way to make references enumerate themselves automatically here as in LaTeX?

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  • $\begingroup$ What did you try? (works even on meta, wow) $\endgroup$ – draks ... Feb 17 '12 at 21:55
  • $\begingroup$ @draks I'm sure what I could try. All I did was search meta for "references" and "bibliography", finding nothing relevant. And what works even on meta? $\endgroup$ – user23211 Feb 17 '12 at 21:57
  • $\begingroup$ The WDYT-question! :-) $\endgroup$ – draks ... Feb 17 '12 at 21:59
  • $\begingroup$ @draks Ah, OK. I don't know whether it works or not. $\endgroup$ – user23211 Feb 17 '12 at 22:00
  • $\begingroup$ Me neither, sorry... $\endgroup$ – draks ... Feb 17 '12 at 22:14

Short answer: not something built-in.

Longer answer: for a work around, you can use-and-abuse the hyperlink function of the MarkDown syntax. In particular, instead of

[Displayed Text](Hyper link address)

you can use

[Displayed Text][linkname]

(note the square brackets!) with linkname defined at the end of the post

[linkname]: hyperlink address

So for your references 1 and 2 in your post, I would write, for example (using the AMS style Author-Year labels)

See references [GI84] and [GI84a]. Yada yada. 
This other thing is also proven in [GI84a].

(when the link name is the same as the displayed text, you can omit one set of the brackets) and link to the mathscinet portal

[GI84]: http://www.ams.org/mathscinet-getitem?mr=729648
[GI84a]: http://www.ams.org/mathscinet-getitem?mr=729652

Here's what the above snips would look like:

See references GI84 and GI84a. Yada yada. This other thing is also proven in GI84a.

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  • $\begingroup$ Very nice, thank you! $\endgroup$ – user23211 Feb 20 '12 at 10:00

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