I've come across quite a few answers that request the asker to, for example: "send the user an email", after which the answerer will provide them with the code or other resources they're looking for.
A few examples:
- sybase: how do I drop all tables, and stored procs if possible?
- Java Server Page Tutorials in pdf form
- How can I make sharepoint 2007 set permissions based on a column value.
- Need to learn WebFocus, any good tutorials for programmers?
Should we take action against these questions?
I feel like these answers aren't appropriate (see my answer below).
Perhaps there are some cases where this is acceptable. I've seen a few questions regarding a particular piece of commercial software where the author/developer of the software answers, telling the asker to contact either them or their organization's in-house support.
I'm on the fence about this case. If I came across a question here describing a similar problem I was having, it would be useful to me to have the support information and know that I could contact it for assistance.
I'm interested in others' opinions on this situation in particular.