I'm using the Harvard citation style for a paper for the first time in my life, and I can't figure out how to cite specific comments on a web forum. Can I simply treat in like any other web resource, and do something like this:

On the forum "Name of forum", user "John" says that "Quoting something John wrote on Name of forum". (Name of forum 2013)

I also wonder: When using direct quotes, is it okay to translate these from one language to another or must a direct quote always appear in the language it was written in?

  • Please ask one question at a time in future.
    – Max
    Commented Aug 1, 2013 at 12:06

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This University of Birmingham document has a comprehensive guide as to cite references from different sources, specifically pages 5-6 have how to cite a forum post.

With regards to your second question, I would translate the quote to the language you are writing in and in the intext reference state "(translated from author, year)".

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