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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2answers
321 views

Moderator deleted question which had significant value [closed]

I have 18,000+ reputation on Stack Overflow, so I understand the importance of closing and deleting questions and answers which are of little value to the community or which may lead to opinionated ...
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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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3answers
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Why were some answers converted to comments and what caused some unexplained downvotes? [closed]

I'm a longtime lurker, but fairly new to answering questions. I only post if I know the answer. I invested time to answer several jQuery questions, only to watch a moderator delete or move my answer ...
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0answers
656 views

Should link-only answers be flagged? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should I flag answers which contain only a link as “not an answer”? I came across this answer in the 10K tools, which was flagged as not an answer. Since it's ...
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7answers
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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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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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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
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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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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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0answers
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Has the policy changed on link-only answers? [duplicate]

I had a flag on a link-only answer declined several minutes ago: not an answer – dasblinkenlight 6 mins ago declined - A link only answer is an answer - just a bad answer and should be down-voted ...
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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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2answers
117 views

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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3answers
310 views

Guess I have still not got the hang of it? [duplicate]

I flagged a post since it contained bare links. And I used this option And then it was rejected with this I have been flagging posts using that option for a long time now. Has anything changed? On ...

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