What are the rules/etiquette for giving files to other users that relate to a post. I have not seen any ability to add attachments to a post, but sometimes to give help, external files are needed.

I realize that taking a question/answer offline via email is very bad, and rightly so, but users may not always be able to put files and resources on the web where they can be accessed by everyone.

So I ask the community: What would be the best way to put up a file that is related to a post so that all users can benefit from it. Or, should it just be avoided all together?

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  • Done. Thanks for the advise.
    – Ryan Cook
    Dec 10 '08 at 21:19

For large source-code snippets I use PasteBin. For file attachments I usually just post a zip file on my own domain.


At the moment I like FileDropper for sharing files themselves. They provide nice looking links to your file which is a big bonus for me.

There are also multi-upload services (such as clonemyfile) that submit your single file to several services such as Rapidshare, Easyshare, etc. These might be a good option because of the increase in redundancy. I hate nothing more than getting to a forum post or thread to find the source links are dead.

For sharing code snippets Pastebin is the standard usually and I really like Mathbin for when you want to share pretty-latex math equations.

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    link to clonemyfile no longer works
    – Martin
    Jun 15 '15 at 9:54
  • link to mathbin no longer works Dec 16 '19 at 3:39

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