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On the Stack Exchange site Physics SE, I saw an additional option, "cite", next to the usual "edit, follow, flag and share" on a question there:

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I have not seen this option on any other site, yet. What is it for?

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    There are a number of other sites that have the "cite" button, so this is on-topic here. Commented Sep 12, 2020 at 21:00
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    I'll leave my comment so that others don't vote to close this. Commented Sep 12, 2020 at 21:01
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    @Ollie As Sonic stated, there are other sites, such as Math and Math Overflow, that also provide "cite". The closely related question How to properly cite someone on Stack Exchange?, and particular this answer, I believe will help to explain the purpose and use of the "cite" option. Commented Sep 12, 2020 at 21:02

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What is it for?

To make it easier for people writing research publications or other types of documents to cite Stack Exchange questions or answers. The cite option generates a reference that is easy to cite in TeX, which is often used by researchers (and pretty much always in maths/physics/computer science). A few other SE websites have this option such as https://stats.stackexchange.com/.

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    Thanks. John Omelian's comment, and this, answered my question - and raised another: Why isn't this option shown everywhere on the network?
    – Ollie
    Commented Sep 12, 2020 at 21:32
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    @Ollie I believe the rationale is only showing cite on SE websites are more likely to be cited in research publications. With that being said I'd prefer to have the cite option on all websites. Commented Sep 12, 2020 at 21:35
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    I would too, I'm already working on a feature request :D
    – Ollie
    Commented Sep 12, 2020 at 21:36

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