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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3answers
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Your answer is in another castle: when is an answer not an answer?

I think we can all agree, this sucks: If you've been around a little while, you've probably encountered hundreds of answers like this in various forums, some of them even marked as "The Answer" by ...
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3answers
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How to differentiate a “low quality answer” and “answer that should be a comment”

All the day I am confused around "Not an answer", "comment" and "disputed flag". So, another question from the set of confusions. On this answer of Stack Overflow, IMHO this should be a comment, ...
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5answers
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Allow moderators to reply to a flag

Many times, I see a flag (generally a custom one), and wish to reply to it. A common type is the "Convert to CW" flag that rears its head at times (it is helpful, since it leads to me closing the post,...
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2answers
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How do I properly use the “Not an Answer” flag?

What is the "Not an Answer" flag and what is its purpose? When should I use this flag? When should I not use this flag? But I'm still not sure if I'm using the flag correctly... An answer is "Not an ...
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26answers
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Help us figure out a way to handle the explosion of comments on Stack Overflow [closed]

As a frequent user of Stack Overflow, I see a lot of conversations that happen in comments. Whole questions are answered in the comments. Often, the comments have useful information, but ultimately, ...
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4answers
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Automatically hide old comments

Comments are useful. Many, many posts need some small amount of meta discussion, and comments fulfill this need. Comments are also noisy and distracting. Occasionally, someone will post an ...
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1answer
132 views

Is it appropriate to flag or downvote an answer that (only) links to a service that no longer seems to work?

As an example, someone mentioned a service which has not been renewed by the original owner. This is the whole answer: I have had your problem many times. There is a good Word / Excel clean-up site ...
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3answers
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my completely good answer deleted, how to appeal?

I just noticed that my answer here was deleted by moderator Robert Harvey ♦. It has vote count of +11/-5, which means at least 11 people thought is was actually good. It was posted the same second as ...
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2answers
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Moderator declined flag “Link-only answer” [closed]

I often try to flag inappropriate content. For instance I flagged the following answers for moderator attention with a message Link-only answer: Support for script_file in Nest library for ...
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4answers
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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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5answers
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Is it forbidden to use “Other” flag for link-only answers? [duplicate]

I flagged an answer 10K only link that looked like this: This is not my article but have a look at <external URL> which looks like it will work for you. I used the "Other" flag, with a ...
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1answer
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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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3answers
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Add a “link-only answer” flag reason

Typically when I see a link-only answer, I have to use a custom flag and explain in the text box that it is, usually simply in the form of typing just "link-only answer." I think that there should be ...
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1answer
107 views

Why can I recommend deleting an answer as link-only when reviewing, but I'm not allowed to flag as link-only?

When reviewing (LQ and AFAIR FP) I can recommend deleting an answer as link-only. It's a suggestion that link-only answers are bad and should dissapear from the system. However, there's no option to ...

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