Linked Questions

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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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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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Can my answer to a question be a link to another question? [duplicate]

I came across a question which is indirectly related to a clearly answered questions in Stack Overflow. Can my answer be a link to that question (all similar questions)?
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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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Why was my upvoted answer deleted? [duplicate]

My answer on Using C# to check if string contains a string in string array was deleted by a moderator despite having 1 up vote. I would like to understand why?
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On posting outside links to the answer [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are answers that just contain links elsewhere really “good answers”? I'm new to Stack Overflow, but have been around on various forums for a while. I have noticed ...
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2answers
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Trivial Answer is still the correct answer [duplicate]

I was answering this question but when I answered, my answer was converted to a comment. I think I understand the point of this system but I still feel robbed. The answer I posted was short but ...
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Why was my answer, linking to my Google Code project, deleted? [duplicate]

My answer to a question was recently deleted by Andrew Barber (20K+ member) and I am wondering why. It fundamentally answers the question (although it wasn't the accepted answer) and was also up-voted ...
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Why was my answer deleted by a moderator on Stack Overflow? [duplicate]

I answered a question about URL Rewriting in asp.net. The question URL is how to remove the extension .aspx of first login page on my web application My answer to the question was pretty simple. "...
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1answer
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how to avoid banning for posting a link [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are answers that just contain links elsewhere really “good answers”? How can I link to an external resource in a community-friendly way? I just a posted an ...
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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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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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Why was my answer consisting of a link to Gist deleted by a moderator? [duplicate]

I posted an answer to a question here. Kendo UI Template: Invalid Template Error. A moderator deleted my post, saying that I was "promoting my site" and they don't allow external links. a) I see ...
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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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2answers
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What is Stack Overflow's take on link only answers? [duplicate]

I was reviewing first posts on Stack Overflow when this answer came up. I ended up doing "No action needed" as it was only a link, nothing to upvote or flag (so I thought). It turned out to be a ...
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3answers
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Right way to answer a question with just a link [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are answers that just contain links elsewhere really “good answers”? I've replied to a question and I think that the suggestion was right, but I got a -1 score. I ...
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Answer deleted by a moderator - reconsideration? [duplicate]

My answer to How to modify uitable cell color according to data in table (in Matlab)? was deleted. I believe this is an error. In my answer I provided a link to a website article that I had just ...
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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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Why are “barely more than a link to an external site” answers deleted? [duplicate]

I just had an answer deleted by @Flexo that meets the criteria "barely more than a link to an external site". Those with sufficient privileges can see it here: different between CRC8 , CRC16 and ...
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1answer
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Posting link to my own site [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are answers that just contain links elsewhere really “good answers”? How to refer to your blog when answering? Sometimes I have posted my own blog post as an ...
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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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Answer converted to a comment [duplicate]

Today this happened to me. I was trying to answer a question and provided a link that can help the OP in solving the question. Why did the system converted it to a comment? How come it identifies one ...
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1answer
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Why was this answer deleted by a moderator? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are answers that just contain links elsewhere really “good answers”? Answer to this question: http://facebook.stackoverflow.com/questions/11408216/ios5-storyboard-version-of-...
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0answers
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Is it not good to provide links to the answers? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are answers that just contain links elsewhere really “good answers”? I am just one month old to Stack Overflow. I just want to know if it is not good to provide ...
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Best practices for question answering — include by value or by reference? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are answers that just contain links elsewhere really “good answers”? Question triggered by comment thread here. What is considered "best practice" for use of external ...
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Is it a right place for finding the reason of why my post removed? [duplicate]

is it a right place to get a comments on why the answer was removed? I posted a direct link to the product, which is exactly an answer to the question asked here: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/...
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Should the content of answers found on non-SE sites be copied to SE or linked to? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are answers that just contain links elsewhere really “good answers”? I have seen answers to questions which consist of a brief summary (i.e. not able to stand ...
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1answer
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How to handle an answer that only points to a resource? [duplicate]

When I'm reviewing items I sometimes come across answers like this: Here's what you are looking for: www.domain.com/resource.aspx How should one handle these? By adding a comment?
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Is it acceptable to allow people to post Q&A style questions linking to external sites? [duplicate]

As a specific example I'm thinking this which I came across: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/15670702/simple-way-to-develop-a-mobile-app-in-html5-using-phonegap/15723852#15723852 Ok it seems ...
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Let's Plan the Second Iteration of the Stack Exchange Quality Project!

In case you missed the first one, check out the se-quality-project tag. The quality project isn't one that we plan to ever finish, it's perennial and kicks in every 18 months or so after we've had ...
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Why “What Stack Overflow is Not” was deleted

I just deleted What Stack Overflow is Not, a collection of various explanations for things that Stack Overflow doesn't do, wasn't meant to do, or shouldn't be used to do. Several people put a fair bit ...
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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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Answer appears automatically converted as a comment

I posted an answer (pointing to another question already asked) but when I hit submit, I saw my answer appear as a comment to the question instead. I tried it a couple of times and still the same ...
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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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How do I write a good answer to a question?

Are there guidelines for what constitutes a good answer? Let's discuss. Perhaps, we can come up with some ideas for the FAQ. Building off Should the official FAQ include information on how to ...
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Can we agree on a review 'policy'?

On the review page, there is a one-sentence guideline on reviewing. I think that as the number of reviewers increase, it is going to become increasingly necessary to come to some kind of agreement ...
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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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Does Stack Exchange crawl websites?

I'm seeing the user agent Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; stackexchangebot/1.0; +http://meta.stackexchange.com/q/130398) in my web server logs. Why is Stack Exchange crawling my site? Where do I report any ...
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Are answers that just contain a regular expression pattern really “good answers”?

I have noticed an abundance of regex answers that consist of nothing but a pattern. Obviously, not explaining the patterns will lead the (often clueless) OPs to just copy and paste the solutions. ...
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Defining the limits of self-promotion

First: DO NOT LYNCH THIS USER. Please. Calmly read what I'm about to write before doing anything. This post is not meant to be an incentive to attack a user, but a discussion about the issues. ...
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Allow author of accepted answer to delete it in certain circumstances

I made a mistake today. I answered a question incorrectly. (A C# question, no less. My head is truly hanging in shame.) Unfortunately, by the time this was pointed out, the answer had already been ...
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What to do about Late Answers (if Anything)?

I've noticed a few "late hits" recently. These are answers coming in months after the accepted answer. In one case of the answer came in 17 months late! In that case, since the answer was a reference ...
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Why did a moderator convert my accepted answer to a comment?

A moderator just converted my accepted answer to a comment. Why was my accepted answer converted to a comment? Screenshot of the question: I have edited my answer, but now I am not ...
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No URL Shorteners?

Are URL shorteners banned on SO? I have had several of my questions edited and the URL shortener removed. (I am using TinyURL.com.) Are there reasons for this or is it solely so a person can edit the ...
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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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Why were my answers about using a library I've created deleted? [duplicate]

A Stack Overflow moderator, Bill The Lizard, just erased almost all answers I've given. They are valid though! They are in context with the questions made, and yes, they redirect people to use a ...
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When jsFiddle and other related sites are gone, so is the information

For JavaScript related questions, most of the code is posted on jsFiddle and other similar web sites. Also, answers are posted in jsFiddle, modified from the original questions. It just dawned on me ...
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Present and future of bots on Stack Exchange

There are discussions on Meta already for some time now about the potential usage of bots on Stack Exchange (SE). The earliest I could find goes back to 2009, but there have been others [link], [link]...
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Answer that only contains a link to jsFiddle

jsFiddle is a great tool for live preview, however there are lots of answers that goes along this : Try this : http://jsfiddle.net/s0m3R4nd0mCh4r/ And nothing else is provided in the answer. Very ...

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