Googling for a solution to disable HTML5 form validation last night, I came across this question:
There is one answer: (update: post has been converted to comment)
I click the link, and get this answer: (update: post has been converted to comment)
Related question: How do I style the html 5 form validation error messages with css?
I click that link, and get this answer:
This has been answered here: How do you style the HTML5 form validation messages? It only works in Chrome at the moment.
I click that link and finally land on an actual answer. It ended up not being what I was looking for after navigating that maze of links, which prompted this post.
My question is, how should answers that are only links to other Stack Overflow posts be dealt with? I understand that the community generally feels that answers with just a link are "not good answers", but to me they are often not answers at all. The twist here is that the link is to another Stack Overflow post, not to someone's blog, or some reference site, or to The Manual. I'm aware that sometimes the question should be closed as a duplicate, but not always, and these type of answers will persist regardless.
Another lesser reason that irks me is taking credit for other people's work. For some reason, these SO-link-only answers always seem to get upvoted, I suppose because the link is in fact useful, but the actual answer was supplied by the original author. I do believe a link is complimentary to an answer, as long as the answer itself provides some unique information.
I see a lot of these kinds of answers, just a link to a related post. So, what do we do with them? Do they deserve flagging, downvotes, etc? Where is the line between acceptable and unacceptable? Are we making exceptions for links to other SO posts?
My personal feelings are that they should be converted to comments, but I'm not so sure because I see them highly upvoted or accepted quite a bit, rarely downvoted, and I don't want to send in a barrage of flags unless the community agrees.