Moreover . . .
Man, what a great idea. Like, if I was building a web site these days, I would totally build a citation engine into the admin system. Now, I’d have to think carefully about how that could work on the database level, to leave room for changing needs in document citation, and that would take some serious planning. Mindful of cultural tastes and values, I’d have to roll things out on the front end slowly, so that one day it just seemed natural to have citations on a blog post — natural, that is, outside the academy. And, most important, I’d have to give the site a clever but totally descriptive name, something memorable.
I sure wish I’d thought about that.