Linked Questions

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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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8answers
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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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6answers
217 views

What comment should I leave on link-only answers? [duplicate]

When downvoting a post, reviewers are encouraged to leave a comment explaining how the author can improve their post. What type of comment should I leave on link-only answers? Is there a comment ...
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14answers
297k views

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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7answers
3k views

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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11answers
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Which SO (not MSO) behaviors are we most “losing the battle” against?

It occurred to me today that there are quite a few things that we, as human beings, are naturally inclined to do on SO but really "ought" not to for the sake of the site. They're the kind of things ...
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5answers
3k views

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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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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4answers
514 views

Can we have an unambiguous, official ruling on what the “not an answer” flag is for? [duplicate]

What does the not an answer flag mean? My interpretation is that this flag is intended for things which clearly are not answers. In other words, "this shouldn't exist, because it does not intend to ...
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4answers
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Making sure the “Not an answer” flag is used for non-answers

Suddenly, the number of outstanding flagged answers went up. It used to be lower than that. I was reviewing them, and it occurred to me that I see invalid "not an answer" flags more often than I ...
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6answers
493 views

Why was this 'not-an-answer' flag declined? [duplicate]

I flagged this answer as Not An Answer (NAA), because while this does point the OP in the direction of the correct answer, the answer as written should be a comment. In the event the answer gets ...
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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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2answers
186 views

What should be done with questions where the question and answer are 404 on jsfiddle?

This is an example: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/9569986/jquery-register-click-event-twice (10k) It seems like it should be a candidate for close and deletion-- this is no longer really a ...
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4answers
193 views

Should I avoid “linking to” or promoting other websites

Should I avoid "linking to" or promoting other websites. Especially those that utilize advertising that may compete with StackExchange's advertising. Thus far I have avoided answering questions that ...
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2answers
238 views

How do I custom flag an answer as a “Link only answer”? [duplicate]

I usually flag answer containing only a link as "Other" and write a comment to the mod such like "Link only answer". Anyway the flag was declined with the statement: Links only answer – 4 hours ago ...

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