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Just to add to the chorus: if you quote a dictionary, it is perfectly sufficient to link to the definition - the link itself becomes the author citation. Explicitly citing the dictionary's name would imply that that particular dictionary is somehow to be preferred for this definition, which 99% of the time is not the case. (I have a list of dictionaries ...


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The short and sweet answer is, LMGTFY links are not filtered here because barely anyone ever posts them in the first place. (And should you run into one, flag it for mod attention and it will be dealt with.) Further reading: Ban LMGTFY links across the Stack Exchange network Ban LMGTFY (let me google that for you) links


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I want to disagree with you strenuously. But I can't. That doesn't mean I can't disagree with you mildly. I wholly agree with your discussion about The Ugly. We should strongly discourage quotes, including definitional quotes, that do not give the reader the ability to check out the source. A quote that provides neither the name of the source nor a link to ...


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Are you sure that you are not misinterpreting this rule? (for the part about giving the exact name of the link as a text) I started seeing your comments about this in my answers. (I think you should have waited for our opinions first.) For example: Adjective to describe someone who is knowledgeable, resolute, and calm Why would I write the exact name of ...


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The help text at How to reference material written by others is common to all sites. Here’s Math.SE’s version for comparison — it still has the Hemingway quote. That means that it’s a site-wide norm and expected of all posters on every Stack Exchange site. It’s certainly no more difficult to reference a dictionary with its name than it is to create a link ...


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Links to external resources are encouraged, but not required. Upvote useful answers. Downvote answers that are not useful. A useful answer is an answer that will help not just the asker but also anyone who might come across the question in a site or Google search. It's fine to improve someone's answer by adding links to useful external resources.


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@Mari-Lou A wrote: Several links in my posts have been fixed by this user, and I've always given the green light. Fixing a corrupt link is nearly always a good thing, regardless of the post or author's status. I don't think the edits have got out of hand. @Sven wrote: Edits are supposed to make a post significantly better, and correcting a bad link is ...


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The following was blatantly plagiarized from my answer on ELL meta. I have an idea how this could work. Currently there are two sidebars that show related questions: "Linked" and "Related". If there was a third, it could contain links to questions on another site (or a few sites). You'd see something like this on each site: This sidebar would be limited to ...


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Since I am especially interested in EL&U questions that involve the historical development and alteration of word meanings, or the first occurrence of a word or phrase, providing source information is crucial to the practical value of my answers. A bit of advice I received (some time ago) in a comment from Hugo about the usefulness to others of linking ...


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Downvotes are for poor answers so while some postings may also need to be downvoted I don't think downvoting is appropriate for missing citations. Commenting gives the best hope of fixing the answer, but there's no guarantee. In the meantime we're hosting content that's essentially stolen; this is not the academic way. Editing to add attribution sounds ...


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So basically what you're wanting to do is post a hyperlink which displays a description of the link (any words you like) rather than the web address string. To do this we have some nifty code: [Click on this link and it will go to google](http://www.google.com) You put the text you want to display in the [] square brackets, and in the () parens immediately ...


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It is nice to see that even though the rule now is that "moderators are instructed to delete on sight without further warning any content that is not properly attributed", practice shows that editing extra text is still an option, as in this ELU question. The moderator's comment suggests this is a one-of show of leniency... I am waiting for this delete-on-...


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