John Faulds 11 December 2009 People have been citing persons (e.g. what she said) as well as works (e.g. what was said in her book) for ages But this is almost always a case of someone referring to the words of someone else to help make a point relating to their own message; a citation, or attribution, is always contributing to a point or argument being made. I don’t think a conversation, or a dialogue, is the same type of communication, and for that reason the ol li cite q example doesn’t sit well with me. I think dialogue needs its own element, but if we’re going to luck out in that area, then I guess we have to take the next best option, and if it turns out that the majority of authors go for it, then I guess I’ll follow suit as there probably won’t be any other option to consider.