while the other similar answer with even few word and only a single link is upvoted 88 times. EDIT now the answer is accepted after removing links and adding a proper explanation. will follow a rule of links in comments only or for more info
closed as not constructive by Servy, Pops, BinaryMisfit, Bo Persson, Bart Feb 15 '13 at 16:18
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There are a few problems with your 'answer':
It's not an answer. It's a sign post to the actual answer, but it doesn't solve the OP's problem by itself. When this is the case, you have two options:
- Post it as a comment (if it's another internal link)
- Expand the answer to include a summary of how it solves the user's issue, so that they don't have to go to the link if they don't want to.
Links die. When that happens, your answer becomes useless.
If you're just linking to another Stack Overflow question -- then you should probably just add a comment to the question letting everyone know it's a duplicate and has already been answered. When you get more reputation, then you should flag or vote to close the question as a duplicate.
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sure thanks. will write an essay next time. copy-paste answers are very well upvoted here – hiteshradia 1 min ago
Please don't plagiarize other user's answers in making your own. We have various ways of finding out when this happens, and it generally doesn't end well when someone plagiarizes content.
The issue is as given by @netcoder in his comments. This is a link only answer which is not good for reasons explained here (basically this site should be stand alone and still be understandable when the linked pages get moved and also show that the answerer has understood the question and answer by explaining it.)
As for the other question - SO has changed over time as we work out how to have a more focused site. I think that question would not be closed as off topic (Super user was not there when the question was asked) and the answer would be flagged as yours is now. We made mistakes in the past and have learnt from them.