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;From a 10-6-2008 discussion on #openlibrary on irc.freenode.net: Reffer madness part I-II.  Prefaced by a blog post on the longest now.
 
;From a 10-6-2008 discussion on #openlibrary on irc.freenode.net: Reffer madness part I-II.  Prefaced by a blog post on the longest now.
  
== Introduction ==
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comment3,
<sj>
 
: citations lack specificity.
 
: as a result they mislead, they conflict, they obfuscate
 
: they don't aggregate, they don't prioritize, they don't elaborate
 
: slach lanu.
 
: you have to track down the original to know how and in what sense and at what depth a source was cited and whether the source is relevant, a flimsy self-published rag, or not evey traceable.
 
: and who has time or access to do that?
 
 
 
mako suggests: draft a standard for identifying types of refs, advocate for interest, start using it somewhere high-profile
 
 
 
sj suggests: blogging about this process, drawing in people who have though about this, defining it in a way that it can improve Wikipedia citation style and scalability of authority
 
 
 
<mako>
 
: all we can ask is that authors explain their perception of the reliability
 
: i don't want to cite things opaquely
 
: and i don't want others to do so as well
 
: one nice thing i want is a way to do it that is at least quasi-compatible with exciting style guidelines
 
:: <brassratgirl> exciting!
 
: so that i can argue in favor of doing it in things that i actually publish in other people journals
 
:: <greg-g> that seems like a must have
 
: <mako> bemasc (not here) suggested treating citations as kind of like nouns
 
  
 
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