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How should I cite an answer elsewhere?

Sometimes a Web page off-site — or a passage in a book, for that matter — answers a question perfectly. How should I refer to or quote that external source as my answer?
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Better to post an answer with no source, or not to post at all?

Sometimes I read a new question, and I want to provide an answer, but I don't have the time at that moment to find the appropriate source citations. Then, I will receive comments in my answer asking ...
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Answers - When is a source required?

Disclaimer: Sources are extremely important in Judaism, as (almost) every Halacha, or Minhag (custom) has a clear source. Additionally, Judaism places sources and tradition so high, that it is ...
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Mi Yodeya Referencer: A Syntax for Linking to Sources

Several times, the community has discussed and requested an easier way to link to sources. So recently, with the help of Hashem yisborach, and @Menachem, I threw together a quick script to do just ...
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Requiring sources for "tacit culture" and "common knowledge"

I have occasionally run into an issue where I am writing either a question or (more rarely) an answer and I haven't had any decent sources on hand, because I had viewed the elements of the question as ...
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Syntax for linking to sources

We've discussed adding link support for citations, so that someone could type, in a question or answer, some shorthand, and the server would expand it to a link to a specific page on mechon-mamre.org ...
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What's the point of posting an answer based on something that's already online?

If I find an English-language article online that directly addresses a question on Mi Yodeya, why should I bother going to all the trouble suggested in our citation guideline - citing, summarizing, ...
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What is considered a Jewish source?

Very often OP's ask for Jewish Sources What is the standard to be called a Jewish source? Written by a Jew? Accepted as authoritative? Is Martin Buber a Jewish source? Or only religious figures ...
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Answers that say "I asked my Rabbi and he said..."

Given that this website is not intended for issuing halachic decisions, are answers that offer no source other than "I asked my Rabbi and he said..." valid answers? What your personal rabbi tells you,...
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Are links strictly necessary when citing a source?

This came up in respect to my answer here. I hadn’t seen a meta post with an official policy on the topic, so I figured I’d ask. In my time here I’ve almost never linked to a source unless it’s some ...
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Old posts that cite a since-disgraced rabbi

We have about a dozen posts that cite, as a contemporary authority1, a prominent Rabbi who was a respected posek at the time the posts were written, and who has since been convicted of abusing his ...
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Citing translations

For this answer, and I'm sure others, I copied the english translation from the iTalmud app. Should I cite it at the bottom of the quote?
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How to avoid answering in comments

Mi Yodeya has a very high standard for answers, and I highly respect them (us) for that. This is both in strongly asking for sources, always necessary in Judaism, all the more so with the inherent and ...
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Answering a question hinted to in a comment

Is it OK to answer a question, where someone had commented on the question with information that can really be used as an answer? I thought of this when I came across this link where Menachem ...
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Help us make Mi Yodeya referencer even better!

UPDATE by msh210: The contributions below have been collected by HodofHod and are being worked into the script. Do not add further contributions below. Any further suggestions for modification to the ...
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Reposting quiz questions

I found a booklet for bochrim for Bein Hazmanim. It has lots of fascinating "quiz" questions. No answers provided. E.g: How can women bring Bikurim if it's time bound? Only allowed to bring ...
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Original answers

If an answer is the conclusion of a user, not overtly sourced, but the sources it is developed from are sourced, is it appropriate/necessary to point out that the conclusion is unsourced?
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Should we edit or comment information that forms the basis of another's question?

When I know what another user's question is based on, should I leave them a comment, telling them to edit this source into their question, or should I just go ahead and edit it? This question, at ...
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Many "Sources" Tags

Why do we have sources but also sources-rishonim and sources-acharonim? Should they all be put together, or is there some value in sometimes being able to sort questions by what kind of source is ...
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Quote Wikipedia as source

An answer ( Firefighting on shabbat ) perhaps true and all, includes a reference to Wikipedia. Now, I know it's a great encyclopedia, with many knowledgeable editors, lots of critics, pages which מלאו ...
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Seforim Software

How many users on this website use programs such as Otzer HaChachma or Bar Ilan to make advanced searches in order to answer questions? I've seen in the past those that use the search function on ...