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Its strange, but voting is not 100% logic. It could be friends, or people not following the link. Or maybe they really thought it was helpful. –  Toon Krijthe Apr 11 '11 at 10:54
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Some people enjoyed seeing the downvoted answer, so upvoted him for providing that. –  YOU Apr 11 '11 at 11:10
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Fixed. The link now points to the question. I've left a comment as well to help the user understand that answering with a link is less than helpful. –  tvanfosson Apr 11 '11 at 12:11

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up vote 8 down vote accepted

I am of the strong opinion that answers which essentially are:

The answer is here

should be converted to comments. It is NOT an answer. For users with the right to, the failure to flag as dupe is especially egregious.

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I come across these quite often, but don't flag them. Are you saying I should flag as "not an answer"? –  ire_and_curses Apr 11 '11 at 21:35
    
@ire_and_curses: Yes. "Not an answer" flags are usually spot on and easy to deal with. Of course, "Should be a comment on the question" would be even better a comment on the flag. –  Won't Apr 12 '11 at 12:58

He intended to link to the question itself, not his answer - as the question got Accepted Answer it also help the other case.

He probably posted that +5 answer shortly after the -2 (now -3) answer so he copied the full URL which link to the answer he just posted.

I considered editing the answer and remove the #1235261 from his link but think it's inappropriate as it was posted long time ago.

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I had no problem with that since the link text is question, not answer. –  tvanfosson Apr 11 '11 at 12:07
    
I know, but it's still confusing. :) –  Shadow Wizard Apr 11 '11 at 12:15

I am not familiar with the technical details of the post in question so I can just answer in a general case. Main causes that I see are either:

  • That his answer is appropriate to this question but not to the original question that it received -2 from.
  • That people aren't paying attention and up-voted an answer without looking at the link.
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hmm probably the second one, but looking at the comments, it seems the answerer was also unsuccessful with what the OP was asking. –  corroded Apr 11 '11 at 11:05

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