PSA: Please list your references, don’t just link them

In what be­came 5th most-read new post on LessWrong in 2012, Morendil told us about a study widely cited in its field… ex­cept that source cited, which isn’t on­line and is re­ally difficult to get, makes a differ­ent claim — and turns out to not even be the origi­nal re­search, but a Pow­erPoint pre­sen­ta­tion given ten years af­ter the origi­nal study was pub­lished!

For­tu­nately, the origi­nal study turns out to be freely available on­line, for all to read; Morendil’s post has a link. The post also tells us the au­thor and the year of pub­li­ca­tion. But that’s all: Morendil didn’t provide a list of refer­ences; he showed how the pre­sen­ta­tion is usu­ally cited, but didn’t give a full cita­tion for the origi­nal study.

The link is bro­ken now. The Way­back ma­chine doesn’t have a copy. The ad­dress doesn’t give hints about the study’s ti­tle. I haven’t been able to find any­thing on Google Scholar with au­thor, year, and likely key­words.

I rest my case.