I liked an answer here and want to use it in a sermon but I don't know how to cite it since the user name isn't actually a name and there is no info in the profile about the person who wrote it. What is common practice on this site for using each other's work?
On the bottom right-hand side of the desktop site, you'll see this:
The links in this statement explain how to properly cite content from the Stack Exchange (SE) network and under what terms it is licensed. You should read the content at both links and this will guide you on how to properly cite content from the SE network.
Specifically, note the following (customized for this site where indicated in brackets):
So let me clarify what we mean by attribution. If you republish this content, we require that you:
- Visually indicate that the content is from [Biblical Hermeneutics] or the Stack Exchange network in some way. It doesn’t have to be obnoxious; a discreet text blurb is fine.
- Hyperlink directly to the original question on the source site (e.g., [ https://hermeneutics.stackexchange.com/questions/12345 ])
- Show the author names for every question and answer
- Hyperlink each author name directly back to their user profile page on the source site (e.g., [ https://hermeneutics.stackexchange.com/questions/12345/username ])
The hash function is based on a StackOverflow answer posted by user Nico Westerdale to this question posted by user Alex Wayne (the answer is written in C#). StackOverflow user contributions are licensed under cc by-sa 3.0 with attribution required.
I used the username as provided (it is not your responsibility to determine the user's real name, simply use their username at the time of the post and link to their profile—that way if they change their username, it will still point to the correct user's profile).
From their you will need to follow whatever citation guidelines with which you have been provided or as dictated by your publication format—so long as you cover the four areas referenced above you'll be fine.
[This post] mostly deals with forms of (re-)publication. For oral delivery from the lectern/pulpit in a sermon, on the other hand, simply acknowledging that the insight you're sharing comes from "an article I was reading on a Hermeneutics website" would be appropriate, and satisfy natural justice. When you publish your sermon (or blog it, etc.), you can follow-up [with these] more detailed guidelines.