When quoting content from another SE question/answer, is it necessary to also reference the user's profile as a separate link?

From this answer:

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as opposed to this:

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The problem here is that it depends on the source of material and the licence that they request you follow.

Technically, neither of the above fulfils the requirements of the cc-by-sa licence that all content on Stack Exchange is licenced under.

If supplied, you must provide the name of the creator and attribution parties, a copyright notice, a license notice, a disclaimer notice, and a link to the material.

Personally though, so long as the source is properly attributed by stating that this is from somewhere else and giving attribution, irrespective of whether it is internal or external to the Stack Exchange network, then I don't see why we need to decide on one format or another.

We try and be quite lenient about the format of the attribution, only insisting that where material is used then some form of attribution is required. Doing anything less is effectively plagiarism.

  • superuser.com/help/referencing appears to be much less restrictive than the cc-by-sa licence: "make sure you do all of the following: Provide a link to the original page or answer Quote only the relevant portion Provide the name of the original author ". There is no mention of copyright, licence or disclaimer on the help page ...
    – DavidPostill Mod
    Aug 27, 2015 at 9:51
  • Mmmm. What about that notices Vs. superuser.com/help/referencing????
    – kokbira
    Aug 31, 2015 at 17:39

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