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There was a discussion on meta.mathoverflow about this, How do I cite Math Overflow? I agree with what Mike Shulman suggested, which is putting a sentence in your acknowledgements: If the answers came out of a large discussion, then I think acknowledging MO as a whole might make sense (though I might still mention explicitly the main contributors, if ...


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I too have this issue coming up. One part of my thesis began on this site and another on MathOverflow. My intention is to put a footnote link to the threads, give credit when I use someone else's proof which appeared on these sites and of course give thanks both to the communities and the users (by real name if possible, by user name otherwise) - both those ...


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In all cases, if you use someone else's ideas you have an ethical obligation to make all reasonable good faith efforts to contact that person and ask their wishes. For a site like Math.SE, that means checking their profile info and contacting them via email (if available) or by chat (if not).


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I am a big fan of the cite button, because it reminds people that they are supposed to cite things they learned here on math.SE. Citations are the currency of academia -- if I write a good answer here, I want to be able to say five years later that this answer was cited so many times in so many papers. Indeed, I get a little annoyed when I see papers that ...


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Though this has been posted in the comments, it deserves to be more prominently featured: We have a built-in feature to suggest citation formats. Click on the share button on the bottom of a post in Main (it doesn't work on Meta posts). Like so: Notice that on the bottom left of the box there is a cite link. Click on it and you'd see In the above shown ...


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In (La)TeX you can manage your references using BibTeX (see also here). The code displayed with the cite is the code you would insert into your BibTeX file to get the proper formatting when referencing a MSE post. It is also possible to the use amsrefs package with LaTeX, and you can have this code snippet displayed as well,


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Not all references are the same. Very roughly, some references are there to establish what is true and others are there to establish who is to get the credit. (Of course some will serve both purposes.) For the latter, references to math.SE, MO etc. are good. It is not uncommon to even reference inaccessible sources to this end, as "private communications" ...


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I don't think we (the MSE user community) has any duty or obligation to try to unravel the very complex tangle that is copyright law. Posting a .torrent link to a PDF of a textbook published last year? Probably illegal. What about a link to a .pdf of an old book that is in the public domain of some countries, but not others? A link to a preprint of an ...


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I think that depends on the purpose of the reference. If the purpose is to acknowledge the origin of an idea you use and the idea seems to have been invented by a MSE/MO contributor in an answer, then referencing that origin is certainly apropriate: Theorem. Such-and-such holds. Proof. Bla bla bla. QED. (The idea behind the preceding proof of ...


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I'd like to take the stand that we should discourage posting links to illegal/copyrighted/for-pay materials. I don't want MSE to become "the place for all your textbooks" in addition to its growing status as "the place for all your homework/take-home-test answers." (If this keeps up, soon, we'll be the place online for lazy students... ;)) My viewpoint is:...


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I don't see a point to doing this. The barriers to entry should be as low as possible. As long as people cite relevant sources in any way, I'm pretty happy. after all majority of contributors will go forth in academic pursuits I highly doubt this, depending on what you mean by "contributors."


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Perhaps a slightly more specific way to phrase it could be: I also would like to thank [First Name] [Last Name] (User [user number]) for his/her work at Math.StackExchange, for example [1]. where [1] links to one of the threads that you found useful. Not everybody here uses their real first and last names, in which case you can cite their username ...


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It might be noteworthy, that the site now has a handy "cite" feature below each post on main wich creates copyable BibTeX and amsrefs citations for the respective post. It can be reached by clicking the "cite" button (between "share" and "edit").


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According to the terms of service, paragraph 3, subscriber content: In the event that You post or otherwise use Subscriber Content outside of the Network or Services, with the exception of content entirely created by You, You agree that You will follow the attribution rules of the Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike license as follows: You ...


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Rob W's answer on Meta Stack Exchange contains a bookmarklet and a user script to disable all of the keyboard shortcuts in the editor. The answer explains the methodology of the user script, but as is it will no longer work, since Stack Exchange uses https instead of http. You can fix this by changing all the @match lines to something like // @match ...


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[H]ow common is it for math papers/books to use SE references? I don't think this is common. Is it appropriate for my thesis? I would ask your advisor. Ok, so you already did that. And I think this will be dependent on personal opinions. But I would say that this is up to the advisor (and/or committee). You might even ask your (graduate) college about ...


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example citation G. A. Edgar, Transseries for beginners, Real Anal. Exchange 35 (2010), no. 2, 253--309. (I searched using the title, and it found the reference for me.)


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I think the discussion on MO is perhaps the best place to look. In particular, that thread led to a 'cite' button appearing on each MO post, providing a sample citation, BibTex, and amsrefs. For example, on this thread, which looks like: the 'cite' link produces the following for BibTeX: and the following for amsrefs: Between the sample citations and the ...


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For an article that is available online, if the article has an associated DOI link, then you should use the DOI to link to it. If not (e.g. stuff on arXiv, CiteSeer, or on personal home pages), then just provide a direct link to the paper itself, if feasible. For books, I prefer linking to Google Books, whenever possible, since it allows you to link to a ...


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Mostly what you say suffices, I think. That is, it seems apt to mention SE as the source of the problem. There is no mechanism on the site to find out the identity of the user, especially not in the current case where it is a deleted account. If the account were still active you could mention your intent in a comment and ask for their preferences ...


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Yes. Absolutely. There are already 39 posts that use citations without the helper, so I see no reason not to include it here too. Please let me know if any problems arise as a result. (Though I don't anticipate any.)


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I think I read the question backwards originally (and I think some of the comments may also have done this). So I will give two answers, one for each reading. About providing citations elsewhere to results proved here The issue of when to cite things in mathematics is complex and delicate - and not well documented. Some advice can be found in the ...


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There are two important things. The first one is that, such a question will usually be a part of an original work. The person who answers your question will even not be aware of your work and his/her name therefore can not be included to your publishable work. However, if a following assistance is required and if the paper is read by the person who helps ...


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It depends on what referencing method you use. There are standard ways of referencing a website. In the social sciences, the Harvard method is used frequently. I know that scientific papers may well use a different method to Harvard, but I will show you the Harvard reference below out of interest (the part that goes in the bibliography). Dalgas, G. 2011. ...


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I had already given my opinion on this in the Q&A Is using blockquote for highlighting problematic? Let me summarize my opinion. I consider it as problematic when a blockquote is used only to add emphasize. I consider it as tolerable, yet often not optimal, when a blockquote is used to mark a somewhat self-contained, independent part of the post. I ...


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This is not a realistic expectation. In this setting, markdown isn't being used by web developers to generate html for accessible websites; it's being used by laypeople to format their posts. I do not believe it is realistic to expect laypeople to think that this markdown feature is anything different from "Put this text in a box that stands out from the ...


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