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What's the protocol for the situation where somebody asks a good, valid, on-topic question, and I have a (non-StackExchange) link which answers their question perfectly?

Comments are for requesting clarification, and link-only answers are out. I've also seen it mentioned a few times that replicating content already on other websites isn't cricket.

So what's the deal? Should I just leave it and assume that if I can find it, the OP can find it also? Or is putting that link into a comment OK?

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marked as duplicate by Kate Gregory, JMK, Al E., Shog9 Dec 14 '13 at 17:44

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@KateGregory Missed that one. Also I've been working my way through some of your stuff on PluralSight, really good, thanks! –  JMK Dec 14 '13 at 17:36
    
much appreciated, though since conversations are offtopic we should probably delete these comments :-) –  Kate Gregory Dec 14 '13 at 17:51
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You have two possibilities. If the external content can be summed up in your own words, and the most important information given as an answer that contains a link for further reading, do that.

If the article needs to stand on its own, or you don't want to summarize, post the link as a comment.

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