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When people quote others, it is common practice to add a source or attribution of the original speaker. When you select text and hit the quote button, there should be a pop-up that asks for an optional attribution. The attribution should be added and formatted in some way as well.

(While I originally thought of this for English.SE, where it especially applies, I'm posting it here, because it applies to all of the SO/SE sites.)

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I would post this as a comment but I want full-blown markdown support :|

So you're suggesting that (to dream up a typeable example)

> This is a fancy quote
>@ @drachenstern $2010-11-17Z03:33:13

Should turn into something like

This is a fancy quote
~ #drachenstern# 9:33 PM

Where ~ is an indent, # is a distinct shadow background and _ you guys all recognize.

Also note: I'm for this. I'm just spitballing new syntax cos we need to be able to type it out too...

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+1, my only point is that I don't intend to add timestamping, or I wouldn't recommend it, because quotes can come from other sites that arent part of the SE network. –  Moshe Nov 17 '10 at 3:49
    
Good point. I was thinking if you quoted something on the SE network tho. –  jcolebrand Nov 17 '10 at 3:51
    
Also note: "wait, what? blockquote does italics? > _italics_ ... wow" –  jcolebrand Nov 17 '10 at 17:13

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