I was searching for an answer to a technical question about a programming tool, and found the best answer in an old email list posting, rather than on StackOverflow, where I'd hoped to find it.

I think the SO community would benefit from having the information I found. I'd like to convert the information into a Q&A based SO post (cleaned up and edited), but want to make sure I properly cite the original authors, and if necessary, get whatever permission I should get before hand.

Are there existing guidelines for addressing this sort of goal?

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    Nice Q. I'm not a programmer, but I'm a bit active in ELL and Chem.SE. When I cite something like this, I usually paraphrase it using "X". And then give credit to the authors by indicating that this was paraphrased from [here](the link) .
    – M.A.R.
    Mar 11, 2015 at 14:12

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Follow the guidelines in How to reference material written by others

  • Provide a link to the original page or answer
  • Quote only the relevant portion
  • Provide the name of the original author
  • I downvoted this answer for experimental purposes only.
    – My Name
    Mar 11, 2015 at 22:09
  • @georgechalhoub lol. I hope your experiment went well ;) Mar 11, 2015 at 22:10

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