This should be considered the general case to:

What to do with a question that has been answered on another SE site

Upon encountering a good question in SE/SO that has been answered from a non-SE/SO source, e.g. word of mouth, textbook, social media, un-related forum. Shall I:

  1. Try to summarize the answer

  2. Paste a link (if possible)

  3. Both above?

  4. Other?

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    --> 3) Both above Nov 23, 2013 at 17:42
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    5.) Disregard the sources, and write a better, original answer. Nov 23, 2013 at 17:47
  • Just to add: if it's a trivial question and you found the answer at spot #1 when Googling the question title, it's possible that the question should not exist in the first place. (But that's not the case you describe.)
    – Pekka
    Nov 23, 2013 at 17:54
  • Cheers, there have been several instances where I have seen the opportunity to do the "both" approach. Will go back and search for them again now :) Nov 23, 2013 at 19:08

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3) Both.

If you found an off-site resource that answers a question, summarize the answer so people don't have to leave the site in order for it to be useful.

But also attribute the answer (your summary) to the source - a good way to do that is link to it.

Another option is to write your own, original, in depth answer. (as JoshC commented).

  • Ah attribute the source, right'o cheers! Nov 23, 2013 at 18:34

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