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I came across a question which is indirectly related to a clearly answered questions in Stack Overflow.

Can my answer be a link to that question (all similar questions)?

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Check out this new faq entry: What is an acceptable answer? –  jadarnel27 Jan 30 '12 at 14:06
Actually, I am unable to comment on other questions (I think I don't have enough reputation). –  Surya Jan 30 '12 at 14:07
Oh, I was just pointing out that post because it has a lot of detail on what an appropriate answer consists of. =) –  jadarnel27 Jan 30 '12 at 14:43
Yeah, that post mention very clearly. thanks. –  Surya Jan 30 '12 at 14:45
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If the question is really a duplicate of another question then either flag it as a duplicate or vote to close if you have enough reputation.

If it is just related but doesn't answer the question add it as a comment to the question.

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Yes, if

  • it is not an exact duplicate of the current question. (If it is, vote to close as duplicate instead.)

  • it is an essential part of your answer, which is a valid answer to the question. (If it doesn't, add the link as a comment.)

However, never just add a link. Paraphrase what the other answer says, and explain how it is connected to the current problem, and how it can be solved through it.

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