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 all link-only answers be considered very low quality? [duplicate]

My "very low quality" flag of this answer has been declined, with a note that The correct procedure here is to comment, down-vote or even edit. I don't think there is much to comment on an answer ...
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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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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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How should helpful answers that are just links be handled? [duplicate]

There has been a "movement" of sorts on Stack Overflow. Users are flagging questions that are just a link or little more than a link, like: https://stackoverflow.com/a/4737028/396458 https://...
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Flag as Broken Link

I keep finding broken links in posts, currently I add a comment in the hope someone will return to update it or if I find a link I edit the answer. I imagine this will only increase over time so I ...
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RTFM-like answers: Flag them or allow them?

If an answer essentially tells the OP to "Read the ¤cough¤ Fine Manual", should we flag it? I'm not talking about rude answers (that's a given), but answers like "Look up X in the Y" (and maybe don't ...
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Why is linking bad?

I've seen many people refer to linking to pages on SO and even other sites as being bad and saying things like "I hope they don't mind". Why is linking a bad thing? I did just read all about Google ...
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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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Should I edit posts to pull in the code from jsFiddle?

These questions Answer that only contains a link to jsFiddle When jsFiddle and other related sites are gone, so is the information ask what to do about answers like this Try this : http://...
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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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Is posting a very long quote OK for an answer?

I just found this answer to a question on SO. While it provides a source for the (very long) quote, I do not like the fact that the answerer just posted the quote, without adding anything. Maybe add ...
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Should we flag answers that only contain a link to another Stack Overflow answer? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What do we do with answers that are just links to other Stack Overflow answers? There are many, many answers that simply contain a link to another Stack Overflow answer, ...
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Should an answer linking to another answer be converted to a comment? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are answers that just contain links elsewhere really “good answers”? As the moderator who converted my answer to a comment will not respond, I would like some ...
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2answers
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What to do when an answer links to a subscription-only site?

In this question: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/3587959/wpf-datagrid-binding-a-custom-column The OP answered his own question adding a link to Experts Exchange which you can not see unless you ...

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