This data.stackexchange query uncovers 1,500 questions that have
- ~85% chance of having one or more link-only answers
- >50% chance of needing to be closed by rule
Link-only answers usually suggest
- The answer is lazy and is subject to removal
- and/or the question is asking for links and is off-topic and subject to closure and maybe removal
Examples of questions asking for links
- Is there an [piece of software] that does ______?
- What is [your favorite], [the best], [a good]...
Details about the Query
- Filters for questions with 1 or more highly-probable link-only answers. The filter that achieves this is answers 40-80 chars in length containing http://
- Excludes closed and locked questions
- Excludes questions with more than 25 upvotes, as a larger percentage of those are special cases and don't need to be closed (although, by rule, some still do). I included this filter to get rid of noise.
These questions account for
- 2,675,614 views
- 5160 up votes (not counting answers)
Rules and rule enforcement. Personally, I don't agree with the definition of what is on topic for Stack Overflow. However, I also don't like rules existing for many months and have so many posts escape the guidelines. I think a big part of this is due to lack of visibility of offending material.
So, there's a list. Obviously the filters can be adjusted to expose more questions, but I believe this query attacks the densest subset of questions subject to closure/removal.