The guidelines on referencing are inconsistent with the example.

https://money.stackexchange.com/help/referencing says:

When you find a useful resource that can help answer a question (from another site or in an answer on Money Stack Exchange) 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

but the example adds one more condition:

[other sources, quotes, explanations, etc. necessary to complete the answer]

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    Are you aware that this help page is identical on every SE site? Here it is on softwarerecs. Perhaps this question belongs on meta.SE.
    – Ben Miller
    Commented Sep 8, 2017 at 16:11
  • @BenMiller I wasn't aware of that. Then it indeed would have made more sense to ask on meta.SE. Thanks! Commented Sep 8, 2017 at 16:12

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For the Help page you cite, the formatting can stand some improvement, but guideline itself is quite consistent.

If I can paraphrase -

This is the quote from the website (linked) that nicely addresses this question.

These words are the text of the quote itself. A few sentences.

Last, some further thoughts of my own regarding how the quote sufficiently answers the question.

The 3 bullet points are suggestions for the quote process itself, the example adds the line that makes it a good answer.

  • Got it, thanks for the clarification! Commented Sep 8, 2017 at 16:20

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