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I'm curious as to what's considered "overkill", in terms of the number of hyperlinks per Q/A. Is there such thing as too many hyperlinks? Is a significant amount of hyperlinks considered spam? To what extent do hyperlinks become a nuisance?

What can I do to ensure that the questions I ask or the answers I write have enough links to convince other users it's a "research done, enough proof" sort of deal?

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    I can't give you any rules, but I can tell an over-hyperlinked post when I see it. As you no doubt intended, yours is one of them :)
    – Pekka
    Oct 16, 2012 at 22:47
  • If I post too many links (I like to back up my posts with proof), does it become too much information then? Is there a limit?
    – yuritsuki
    Oct 16, 2012 at 22:48
  • As Pekka says, this is a judgment call. Proposing an exact number would only invite endless bickering (if twelve is okay, then why not thirteen? why not eleven?) or even abuse (cue every post having exactly twelve links which people then have to wade through to make sure none of them is spam).
    – ЯegDwight
    Oct 16, 2012 at 22:54
  • So, if no limit is imposed, does it matter how much proof I have for my answers? Do all links have to be hyperlinks (if I reference a wikia or something)
    – yuritsuki
    Oct 16, 2012 at 22:55
  • What kinds of non-hyperlink links were you considering?
    – itsbruce
    Oct 16, 2012 at 22:57

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Links should be relevant. That's really all that matters. They should add value to a majority of the anticipated audience of your text.

Wikipedia links may make sense for really, really exotic terms that the reader is very unlikely to know. In that case, linking to the article's definition is a convenience and you highlight that it's an exotic term that you are using for a specific reason. Hyperlinking doesn't make sense for everyday terms, though.

It's a judgement call. Use common sense.

I don't want my answers to seem like "no research done, no proof, not an acceptable answer"

Adding relevant sources and proof to your answer is always going to be okay. Maybe show some examples of what you are worried about.

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    You know, this answer would be so much better with a link or two ;) Oct 17, 2012 at 0:15

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