So I have seen this question on google groups and I think is a good question. Now without going through the trouble of copy pasting the entire question, is it okay if I just post the link to the question in my question and hope for an answer or is it not the SO way?
I think you should copy-paste the question. Urls have a way of dying suddenly on the internet that could defeat the reusability of your question; site owner changing the way slugs are implemented, or the question id, group closing down, wiped out, etc...
I would recommend the following: