Linked Questions

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Should the official FAQ include information on how to answer as well as ask questions?

The StackOverflow FAQ includes a lot of information on how to ask questions and what questions to ask, but very little information on what makes a good answer. I often see answers (example) of the ...
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Answering questions with links to other answers on StackOverflow

I posted an answer to a question that links to another detailed answer. I've seen that such answers usually get up-voted. However a moderator has deleted my answer and locked the post stating that "...
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Stack Overflow moderators are making SO a pain to use [closed]

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe SO needs to revisit its policy concerning how moderators can act. In the past few months I've noticed that nearly half of the very useful, very relevant ...
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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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Why do I get exactly the same comment by different users for my link-only answer?

Since the last 2 days, I am getting a message in my SO Inbox with the comment below for my previous answers where I have suggested only a link as the answer. While this link may answer the question,...
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6answers
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Why was my answer deleted? (constructive, highest voted) [closed]

In https://stackoverflow.com/q/15650351/ my answer read: I really really really hate libpng. As you are using C++, I would recommend a "C++ enabled" version of it: png++. It was the top-...
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4answers
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Is it unethical to post code in answers without citing sources?

Sometimes, when answering SO questions, I am using in my answers the code which strictly speaking is not mine. I mean I have used this code in my applications, and often I have altered it more or less ...
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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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What's the best response to a post that can be answered really easily with a quick Google search?

Here's an example of what I mean: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/3630614/xpath-php-query Googling "XPath Query" returns a plethora of resources. What's the best way to respond to this question? ...
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1answer
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Why are comments now disabled on the review queue?

Today, on C.SE, I reviewed some 'Late Answers' and First Posts. I was not even near my daily vote limit. And yet, I was given a message that said comments disabled on deleted / locked posts / ...
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Why was this answer converted to a comment?

This answer was converted to a comment. That's confusing to me. It directly answers the question as asked in the question title. Further, does this means points for votes on the answer are not ...
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Sub-par Answer vs. Not an Answer [duplicate]

I ran across a flagged answer (it is deleted now, so you need enough rep to see it) which is basically a link to a blog post. The link explains precisely how to do what's asked in the question, so I ...
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Should we ban all C# Questions whose answers are already in MSDN?

DISCLAIMERS Downvote if you Don't Agree that we should ban questions whose answers that are searchable on the Net. The intention of this question is make it very clear that we should not be rude ...
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4answers
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Link only spam answers

I'm slightly wary of flagging a link only answer, along the lines of this one, and a few other's I've just flagged as spam because they are solely links. The answer was as follows: It's very simple ...
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2answers
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Why are answers with jsfiddle.net in body not allowed?

Today I encountered a new annoying rule: Oops! Your answer couldn't be submitted because: Please make your answer complete by including relevant, formatted code inline (don't just link to ...

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