Can I add some music bands in the acknowledgement section of my bachelor thesis? I used to listen these bands during all my 3-year long studies and during all the writing of my thesis, so I think they helped me quite a lot.

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    Of course, if you are an electronic engineer writing a thesis on power converters you should absolutely acknowledge the AC/DCs. And if you are a physicists working on particle accelerators, you should acknowledge the Van der Graaf Generator band ;-) Sep 21, 2016 at 22:15
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    I did it in mine. You are quite free to put whatever you want in the acknowledgement section. The game in the lab where I did my PhD was to read the section to find the hidden jokes. Just remember that what you write there will stay there forever...
    – Taladris
    Sep 22, 2016 at 0:36
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    I've flagged this as a possible duplicate because even though the question is different the answer is essentially: "Thank whoever you want to thank."
    – jakebeal
    Sep 22, 2016 at 0:51
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    The duplicate flag is for actual duplicate questions, not questions that admit the same answer. Canonical counterexample is 2+2 and 2×2. Sep 22, 2016 at 5:52
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    @R.. We don't want to have a separate question for any possible thankable subject. That could serve as a canonical answer. Sep 22, 2016 at 7:21

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The only two unwritten rules of thesis acknowledgment sections are as follows:

  1. Thank your advisor. (Preferably first. Yes, even before God if you're religious.)

  2. Don't say anything outright offensive.

Other than that, go nuts!

  • Yes I forgot to say that I first thanked my advisor, my co-advisor and my family.. :D
    – Voxis
    Sep 21, 2016 at 21:24
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    I'm definitely going to be acknowledging Subway Restaurants in my thesis then. Sep 22, 2016 at 0:33
  • Agreed -- a thesis is a rare "individual" piece of work, and you can certainly use the acknowledgements to offer whatever personal thanks and comments you like. (Note: I'm a professor, and have read many dissertations.) Sep 22, 2016 at 1:02
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    I thanked Gygax, cola manufacturers, and "the states of Alaska and confusion". Have fun...
    – keshlam
    Sep 22, 2016 at 3:59

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