The cite link in the share box is minuscule:

Share box screenshot

Since this is a very important feature for MO, it should have much more visibility.

[Related: https://meta.mathoverflow.net/questions/112, Citation feature]

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    $\begingroup$ Checking on the possibility of this now, will get back with a proper answer (or implementation) soon. $\endgroup$
    – Tim Post
    Commented Sep 24, 2013 at 15:44
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    $\begingroup$ @TimPost, ping! The cite link is really important to us. MathOverflow is being widely cited in the published literature, and we need to make it as easy as possible to do this properly. $\endgroup$ Commented Jan 29, 2014 at 1:30
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    $\begingroup$ @ScottMorrison Sorry, slipped through the cracks. I'm pinging Jin about this right now. $\endgroup$
    – Tim Post
    Commented Jan 29, 2014 at 11:21

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After letting this slip through the cracks for a couple of years, I'm pleased say we've implemented Scott Morrison's solution:

Firstclass cite link.

(Ignore the "mod" link if you aren't a moderator.)

We did talk about replacing the share link, but decided it was potentially confusing for users of other sites. Currently the citations are active on the following sites:

  • Computer Science Theory
  • Math
  • MathOverflow
  • Physics

Especially for the Physics and CS folks, it would be confusing to move the share link too much. Personally, I use it to generate a short link to answers all the time and would not want it to move around depending on what site I'm on. Puting the "cite" link just after "share" seems like a reasonable compromise to me.


I would like to see the 'cite' link restored to its 1.0 level of visibility. It should appear in the line of links as:

mod cite share edit close delete flag

(or, perhaps, even replace the 'share' link!)

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    $\begingroup$ I'm not 100% about replacing the share link, but I'd definitely want to see it right there with the rest of the buttons. Somehow, though, I doubt either of these wishes are going to be granted any time soon. :\ $\endgroup$
    – Asaf Karagila Mod
    Commented Jan 29, 2014 at 1:58
  • $\begingroup$ I would like to add my voice to the request for replacing the 'share' link. $\endgroup$ Commented Jan 29, 2014 at 20:34
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    $\begingroup$ I would be sad to see the 'share' link go. It generates a shorter URL that is more easily pasted into e-mails etc. I know I can do it by hand, but it is nice to be able to right-click and "copy link address". $\endgroup$ Commented Jan 30, 2014 at 15:48
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    $\begingroup$ @Willie Wong, I distinctly remember there used to be a permalink beneath each answer. I am of the opinion that the permalink was vastly better than the 'share' button we have now. The permalink (together with the cite button) was what I was implicitly thinking about when I suggested replacing the 'share' link. $\endgroup$ Commented Jan 31, 2014 at 21:54

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