Is it ever ok to provide an answer to a question that's essentially a link only answer to another Stack Exchange question or answer?
Often I do this when
- The answers of the other question could be helpful to others in resolving similar problems
- The question is very close to a duplicate of another question, but not quite.
If it turns out the question is a complete duplicate of another question, then it should be closed as a duplicate of course, but I don't think this applies to all situations.
EDIT: I assume the scenario where it's a link to another question/answer on the same stack exchange site is the same then - link only answers not allowed? For example, a stack overflow answer thank links to another stack overflow answer?