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Currently, the auto-text for a review comment for a link-only answer reads

While this link may answer the question, it is better to include the essential parts of the answer here and provide the link for reference. Link-only answers can become invalid if the linked page changes.

I think that this might be improved by linking to Your answer is in another castle: when is an answer not an answer?, so that further education is reachable if the poster so wishes.

Proposed change:

While this link may answer the question, it is better to include the essential parts of the answer here and provide the link for reference. Link-only answers can become invalid if the linked page changes. (See here for more information)

I just manually edited this into a comment on Mi Yodeya -- I'd love for this to happen automatically! :)

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    This will become very ironic very quickly if "Your answer is in another castle" goes down, for whatever reason. – Shokhet Dec 12 '14 at 19:57
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    Is it an option to include that question in the faq? I just proposed this. Might help as delete prevention. – Patrick Hofman Dec 12 '14 at 21:27
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    @PatrickHofman That would help.....I wasn't really worried about the question going down; though it would certainly be ironic ;-) .....I think that question does make sense as a faq question -- that's a great idea! – Shokhet Dec 14 '14 at 1:04
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I partially agree with this; explaining in more detail about why link only answers are bad would be quite useful. However, the point of Shog's post is to address the issue of people flagging/deleting answers that are actually useful. There is an answer over here whose sole purpose is to explain why link-only answers are bad. I say we edit the canned comment to link to that answer (and make sure to clearly explain what that answer explains; having a link-only comment saying link-only answers are bad is hypocritical).

  • FWIW the part of Shog's post that I typically quote when flagging delete-worthy posts, seems to fit rather well doesn't it: "let me be clear: this sort of response is not an answer. If you see this, flag it. Moderators, if you see it flagged, delete it" – gnat Dec 19 '14 at 20:45
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    I think you're right; it makes a lot more sense to link to that answer. Thanks! – Shokhet Dec 21 '14 at 0:04
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I link to that post likely more than any other post on the network. I often include it for further reading for the questioner when answering NAA type questions on Meta.SO. I also link to it a lot in comments on the meta's. I consider it the Official Post when regarding when an answer is not an answer. So yes, I would definitely like to see Shog9's post linked in that auto-comment. It will not only help the answerers who leave link only comments, but reviewers will also be able to see that link and learn how to review in the Low Quality Posts queue better.

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    I don't link to it so often, but I certainly should. It says something important, and it says it well. – Shokhet Dec 15 '14 at 20:16
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    I just linked to it! In the VLQ queue, too! :P – Shokhet Dec 18 '14 at 3:48

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