Linked Questions

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Are answers that just contain links elsewhere really “good answers”?

I have often wondered at the practice on Stack Overflow, Server Fault, and the other sites where someone will ask a question and an answer will come in that says Look here: http://link ...
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Should I flag answers which contain only a link as “not an answer”? [duplicate]

More than often I get a lot of itch when I see an answer which contains only a link. For example this one. Check this link, it will solve your query.. http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/...
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4answers
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Dealing with “check this [link]” answers [duplicate]

I recently ran through some "Not an answer" flags, and I've noticed a recurring theme. There are a large number of answers that take this form: Check this link: http://example.com/blog-post-that-...
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14answers
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We need to be a little less hostile

I've noticed a distressing tendency for questions that seem basic or overly short to be immediately closed and downvoted into oblivion. Case in point: How can I tell if a DOM object is out of the ...
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7answers
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Can we get some consensus on what flag to use for link only answers? [duplicate]

Related: Since moderators are just asking users to flag a custom "Link only answer," can we permanently make this a flag option? (not a dupe, that's a feature request and was closed as a ...
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2answers
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How can I link to an external resource in a community-friendly way?

I would like to help my fellow Stackizens, using material from my blog or other website. But external links are sometimes viewed as excessive promotion. From the FAQ: Be careful, because the ...
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5answers
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how to deal with link rot caused by deletion of popular off-topic questions?

While I am all for deletion of off-topic questions, I am not comfortable with some consequences related to the way how it is done now. Namely, I am concerned about the fact that popular questions ...
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5answers
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Why are accepted answers immune from Flagging link-only answers as Not an Answer?

Let's assume you agree with the yoda's corrective action to a link-only-answer (#12) of the Faq Post What is an acceptable answer? [A link only] answer must be improved as described above, else it ...
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Reviewing low quality posts: when to delete [duplicate]

When reviewing low-quality posts, the help text explains: Looks Good if nothing is wrong with this answer Edit if you can fix all the problems with this answer Recommend Deletion to ...
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5answers
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Should there be a policy about 'One-Link-Only-Answers'? [duplicate]

See also: Are answers that just contain links elsewhere really "good answers"? | Is it okay to answer a Stack Overflow question with a link? | Why is linking bad? Related: How do I ...
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Is it okay to answer a Stack Overflow question with a link? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are answers that just contain links elsewhere really “good answers”? Just wondering what the etiquette for posting links should be. Let’s say you find a post or ...
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Moderators should not be allowed to moderate questions they have participated in answering

Title says it all. I had a situation where a moderator answered a question and then marked another answer (that said the same thing, but more directly) for conversion to comment because they felt "its ...
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2answers
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“flags should not be used to indicate technical inaccuracies, or an altogether wrong answer” justified?

I flagged this single-link answer as not an answer. However I got "declined - flags should not be used to indicate technical inaccuracies, or an altogether wrong answer" response from the mod. I don'...
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2answers
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Please change the guidance for “convert to comment” to emphasize that this should only be used for comments posted as answers

Moderators have long had access to a tool for converting answers into comments. The guidance for this tool reads as follows: Answers should be converted to comments when they contain useful ...
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Are link-only answers poor practice? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are answers that just contain links elsewhere really “good answers”? Are answers that consist solely or almost solely of a link poor practice? I mean, assuming ...
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Flag declined, link-only answer subsequently deleted [duplicate]

I flagged Runtime Error 3061 Help (ms access) as very low quality on the grounds that it was an answer consisting only of links, and was notified: very low quality – 18 hours ago declined - a ...
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2answers
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New policy on Link-Only Answers? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why do I get exactly the same comment by different users for my link-only answer? Is there a new policy being enforced on Link-Only answers in SO? Over the last 24-hours I've ...
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2answers
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Was it a mistake to flag these answers? [duplicate]

My not an answer flags for the below answers were declined "a moderator reviewed your flag, but found no evidence to support it". I am sorry I am kind of sleepy .. but you can read here to get an ...
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Correct answer (accidentally?) deleted, duplicate answer gets upvotes

Please have a look at this question: using sql without any server The answer by pQd is correct if a bit short. Someone else posted a duplicate answer and received the upvotes instead. Here's pQd's ...
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Increase in inappropriate Not An Answer flags?

Since the shift away from using flag weight, I have noticed an increase in the number of items in the flag queue in the 10k tools flagged inappropriately as Not An Answer (IMO). Here is one example ...
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3answers
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Guess I have still not got the hang of it? [duplicate]

I flagged a post since it contained bare links. And I used this option And then it was rejected with this I have been flagging posts using that option for a long time now. Has anything changed? On ...
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Require Second Opinion for Flagged Answers

I just did a flag on following answers answer. answer answer answer answer But from the moderator i got message like declined - flags should not be used to indicate technical inaccuracies, or an ...
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3answers
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Is it ok to answer questions with just a link [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: Are answers that just contain links elsewhere really “good answers”? Why is linking bad? Is it okay to answer questions like this (name blanked out): The ...
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0answers
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C'mon now - someone is having a joke! Who up voted this? [closed]

While going through the review queue I spotted something extraordinary. Can someone trace where this answer has been so that we can find how it got three up votes by the time I saw it? Has it ...
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2answers
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How should I flag/downvote answers/questions that are just links without summaries? [duplicate]

There have been several times in the last few days where one of two things have happened: I find an old post that answers a question with only a link (bad practice), but it's the accepted answer, and ...
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1answer
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Should answers linking to tools or libraries be marked for deletion as link-only? [closed]

Link-only answers are discouraged and often get marked for deletion with a comment of: While this link may answer the question, it is better to include the essential parts of the answer here and ...
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Declined Flag on Answer of Old, Closed Question

I came across c#.net convert date yyyyMMdd to system.datetime format.? while performing a Google search on a related topic. The question was closed as a duplicate two years ago. Still, it is ...
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1answer
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Should I downvote an answer that has no meaningful content, other than a link? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are answers that just contain links elsewhere really “good answers”? If someone just writes a link on their answer (without any summary), should I downvote? What ...
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1answer
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Why only -1 in reputation when down vote someone?

Why we get only -1 when we down vote someone? Why just -1 and not -2 or -5? When you down voting someone there is basically two reasons: Main Reason You dislike someone's Question or Answer. ...
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1answer
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Not An Answer flag on Link Only Answer declined without action

I went through the 10K mod tool flag queue and flag this link only answer as not an answer, which got rejected. Answer text (full) is: For those wondering, here is another website showing a way to ...