Sometime ago a user posted a question asking for an official documentation site, saying that it's very difficult to find it via Google (I agree). Yesterday, it was put on hold because it's off-topic. I agree with this type of flag when you are asking for your favorite "documentation" sites, but in this case the asker is asking for official documentation, something that I don't consider bad, seeing the difficulty to find via regular ways (such as asking Google).

My point of view is that it's a valid question.

The question in Stack Overflow: Where can I find official / canonical documentation for using JavaScript with "classic" ASP?


I think there's a difference - subtle, perhaps - between asking for a recommendation and asking for help finding canonical documentation: obviously the asker here does know how to use Google, has found documentation using it, and is simply unable to find anything official-looking.

(I can sympathize with that; in a former life, I spent a lot of time working with JScript, and Microsoft has made it progressively harder to find reliable information on its use for anything over the years.)

Unlike a "recommendation" question, this shouldn't attract an endless stream of lazy answers: ideally, there'd only be one right answer (ideally being "in a world where MS didn't hate its JavaScript-loving users"). But of course, the problem Pekka points out is real: the question didn't make it clear enough that official documentation was desired, and the question was continuing to attract drive-by link-spam.

IMHO, this is an excellent use-case for the Protect feature: it requires answerers to have garnered at least a token amount of reputation on the site before they're allowed to answer.

I've re-opened and protected the question. I've also changed the title to emphasize the desire for official documentation.

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  • i'm more sattisfied with this solution, Thank you very much. i think that all JScript community deserves this information . – Rafael Oct 27 '13 at 12:50

This is what the bottom part of the question looks like to a 10k+ user:

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These are downvoted and deleted link-only and spam answers.

I don't deny the answer is useful and it would be cool to have around somewhere (at least at the moment), but the question has the same problems as every other question asking for a off-site resource:

  • they tend to attract garbage
  • they tend to attract opinionated answers
  • and the answers are bound to become outdated eventually.

The fact that it's asking for official documentation that is hard to find doesn't change that.

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    Ok. i got it :) – Rafael Oct 27 '13 at 1:44
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    +2 for an obvious spam link? Eugh – John Dvorak Oct 27 '13 at 2:15
  • Surely the better solution is to edit the question to highlight that it is looking for official documentation only. – TRiG Oct 27 '13 at 3:07
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    @TRiG it still wouldn't really fit the Stack Overflow format as it is defined currently. – Pekka Oct 27 '13 at 3:31

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