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My question is not to challenge but to understand if my "understanding" is correct.

Today one of my post was removed and converted into a link.

Link: Build a Comma Delimited String

I feel it was a valid answer and not merely a link. I have seen many answers which have been accepted which are just bare links and they continue to exists + upvoted.

This was my answer.

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and this is the comment.

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The FAQ says

Answers that do not fundamentally answer the question may be removed. This includes answers that are …

commentary on the question or other answers

asking another, different question

“thanks!” or “me too!” responses

exact duplicates of other answers

barely more than a link to an external site

not even a partial answer to the actual question

My Question: Is my understanding incorrect?


I have ended up being more confused now. This link(An accepted Answer) says

You should provide context to all your links, otherwise the OP will have no idea what they are clicking into.

Haven't I already done that?

So now I go back and edit the post. I quote nearly the same things from the link so that if that link ever dies, my post remain good enough and also want to ensure that I do not plagiarize the contents of that post... I even added a Tag line Quote From the link in case the link ever dies What else am I supposed to do?

So could anyone please explain what is the best practice in this case?


The answer has been undeleted.

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You bolded the correct line. – Robert Harvey Jul 12 '12 at 19:42
Thanks Robert. But it is not just a bare link? – Siddharth Rout Jul 12 '12 at 19:43
@SiddharthRout It pretty much is just a link--you just say "look here" and give the link – simchona Jul 12 '12 at 19:45
Have a look here: – Robert Harvey Jul 12 '12 at 19:45
So it would be right if I undelete the post and add more relevant info? – Siddharth Rout Jul 12 '12 at 19:46
You can edit it, but a moderator deleted it; you'll have to flag for moderator attention to get it undeleted. – Robert Harvey Jul 12 '12 at 19:47
@RobertHarvey: How would I know if a moderator deleted it or not? – Siddharth Rout Jul 12 '12 at 19:48
casperOne deleted it. He has a diamond next to his name. – Robert Harvey Jul 12 '12 at 19:48
@RobertHarvey: Sorry it didn't show the name on the post... In fact it doesn't show anything. I will edit it and then flag it. thanks – Siddharth Rout Jul 12 '12 at 19:48
@RobertHarvey: Strange. I double checked it and cannot see who deleted the post... – Siddharth Rout Jul 12 '12 at 19:53
I have seen many answers which have been accepted which are just bare links and they continue to exists + upvoted. Please tell me which ones, I will happily flag those! – JimmyPena Jul 12 '12 at 19:56
@JimmyPena: That would be retaliation, if I did and that's not correct. I am sure you will come across many :) – Siddharth Rout Jul 12 '12 at 19:57
Sorry no, that would be helping to clean up the site. I may have a couple of link-only answers out there, if I come across them myself I will flag/delete them, and fully expect anyone else who comes across them to do the same. – JimmyPena Jul 12 '12 at 20:00
@JimmyPena: Yes but when I see them I will flag it. I am not going to actively search for it :) – Siddharth Rout Jul 12 '12 at 20:01
@JimmyPena If you come across your own, why not edit them and incorporate the gist of the linked contents? – Daniel Fischer Jul 12 '12 at 20:01

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