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I think you should just reproduce the argument in your paper while attributing it to the user in question (with a link to the question). As long as you give the correct attribution, there is nothing academically dishonest about this. I had to do this in one of my papers; see the top of page 20 of this. I don't think it is any different from including an ...


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We now have a prototype for inserting citations! See it in action in this video tutorial. It currently requires you to install a user script, and has only been tested on the Chrome browser. To get started, open Chrome, and click on this link to download the user script. Once you've downloaded it, go to the "Window" menu in Chrome and select "Extensions". ...


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You seem to view a nickname in the bibliography as embarrassing or unprofessional. There is no reason this should be the case. If you use the built-in "cite" feature of the stackexchange network, the author's nickname will immediately be followed by the URL of their profile, which should allay any doubts about what kind of name it is: @MISC {496728, ...


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MathOverflow is a means of communication between professional mathematicians. By standard professional ethics, these should be properly acknowledged in the same way that similar exchanges (informal discussions, email exchanges, circulated notes, published papers, as appropriate) are normally acknowledged, to the extent possible. Note that we are currently ...


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Contrary to some other answers, I think the MathOverflow archive should be as textually literal as possible, though there is no need to preserve fancy formatting, logos or any bells and whistles that are meant to make MathOverflow more pleasant to use rather than to read. I would be very happy with something very plain (such as what you see below the ...


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I'd be inclined against anything that could be interpreted as trying to make the mathoverflow archives look or behave like a journal. (E.g., assigning an ISSN, using volume or issue numbers, giving each post a DOI, etc. Strictly speaking, DOIs have nothing to do with journal articles, but that's by far the most common use case in mathematics, so it would ...


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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: (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 ...


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You attribute it to an anonymous author and give the link. So you are not claiming credit and your readers can check the source. I would see no harm in reproducing the argument as well, especially if it’s short.


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On the main site, the (nearly invisible) cite button found in the share menu gives an example citation and gives both bibtex and amsref misc entries that are easy to cut and paste. Unfortunately, the mechanism to generate the bibtex entry has some bugs. @MISC {22350, TITLE = {What are some examples of colorful language in serious mathematics papers?}, ...


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The Keepers Registry currently has 8 participating archiving agencies: British Library CLOCKSS Archive Global LOCKSS Network HathiTrust Portico Archaeology Data Service National Science Library, Chinese Academy of Sciences e-Depot A quick look at their descriptions suggests that some may be interested in archiving MathOverflow. The Center for Research ...


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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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Disclaimer. It is really helpful to make concrete proposals in order to advance the discussion. This is a tentative proposal for an archival mechanism that tries to address some issues brought up by Henry Cohn and others. I'm sure there are plenty of other issues we haven't discussed yet. So please don't think that this is an official solution, the ...


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Users of the biblatex package can use an @online entry type. From the biblatex documentation: online: An online resource. author, editor, and year are omissible in terms of §2.3.2. This entry type is intended for sources such as web sites which are intrinsically online resources. Note that all entry types support the url field. For example, when ...


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The Internet Archive Wayback Machine allows you to save some web pages permanently as seen on at a given date and time. For example, I generated the following to save this page as it was before I answered: http://web.archive.org/web/20150322201116/https://meta.mathoverflow.net/questions/2193/stable-url-for-linking See the FAQ for the Wayback Machine for ...


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It seems to have some trouble with some non-ASCII characters (but not all). For example trying to cite this entry yields: Pascal Lambrechts and Ismar Voli?, Formality of the little $N$-disks operad, Mem. Amer. Math. Soc. 230 (2014), no. 1079, viii+116. Notice how the second author's name is incorrect: it should be "Volić". The character is formatted as {\...


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The formatting of the citation output is a bit odd. Joan Bagaria and Menachem Magidor, MR 3226024 On $\omega_1$-strongly compact cardinals, J. Symb. Log. 79 (2014), no. 1, 266--278. The MR reference should be at the end, or at least not between the authors and the title. And while we're at it, we can also add a direct link to this by using http://www.ams....


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Preamble. When thinking about situations like this, it's tempting to fall back on traditional ideas. I realized earlier today that everything suggested so far would also work if MathOverflow was a giant stack of loose leaf paper instead. Though this is a characteristic of excellent ideas that are both simple and versatile, it does suggest that we might not ...


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Seems like a very useful feature to me. I am not an expert on HTML and co; but wouldn't the cite element be more appropriate than a general span tag? As far as I know, you can still use all the other attributes that you were already using. The benefit would be a more semantic markup, which is good for SEO, and for custom stylesheets of users (or say ...


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Let me discuss your question from the other point of view: someone who finds himself in the position of using things he learnt on math overflow. I was in this case for a recent article I wrote. Here is what I put in the "thanks" part: "Je tiens à remercier en tout premier lieu la communauté du forum mathoverflow. J’y ai posé durant la rédaction de cet ...


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One interest of long term archiving is that MathOverflow could then be issued an ISSN. One could make the case that MathOverflow is already eligible for an ISSN, but a long-term archive would make an even stronger case. Here is the relevant list of eligibility criteria from the ISSN Manual. 0.3.2 Ongoing integrating resources Ongoing integrating ...


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Database, which forms all the MO content, should be changed in a way that any posting, altering, deletion, interface change, etc. deletes nothing from the database, but just adds more entries. This is acute, if not already in place. User interface to MO pages should be changed so that it includes something like a "mini way back machine" element. Uncovering ...


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I just stumbled over this, and have no idea what it does, and how to use it. So far, all I managed to achieve was that it shows me an animation (three "pulsating" dots), and nothing happend. Also, it is not mentioned under "Help" nor under "Advanced help" either. It would be really great if there could be at least some minimal documentation. UPDATE: seems ...


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As Brock Adams mentioned in the comments, this is asked and answered at: How to obtain the bibtex item for a question with a program or http request?


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This problem is not specific to MathOverflow, but concerns citation of Internet resources in general. Thus, it requires a general solution. Such a solution exists: several non-profit organizations offer archiving of web content for citation in scholarly literature. Examples are perma.cc and WebCite. Wikipedia has a page with a partial list of archiving ...


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This blog posting by me was cited in this article on page 12, footnote 2.


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The decision to archive must be made with care. In addition to the technical issues of preserving rendering of typeset math, static and dynamic images, and various links, there are the social issues of how to keep and arrange the comments if any, and how to include chat room transcripts and even whether to post annotate to explain cultural and historical ...


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It seems the citation helper only covers journal papers, but ignores books, even if MathSciNet has them. Intentional?


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I am using a nonstandard citation format, primarily for simplicity. An example is: MathOverflow Questions (Number refers to URL, so 37679 expands to "http:// mathoverflow.net/questions/37679") [Note: the current display scripts replace the URL with a visible title and hidden link: I've added a space to break this feature. My actual example would not have ...


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