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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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
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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
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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
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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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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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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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Convincing wrongness of link only answers

I recently got into a discussion with a relatively new user over link only answers. We were discussing over How to create a button with a CSS-animated background?, and the OP asked Anyone have any ...
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2answers
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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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3answers
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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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2answers
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Can I undo a moderator's conversion from an answer to a comment? [closed]

SVN Revision Version in .NET Assembly w/ out CC.NET I answered a question - with a valid answer that addressed the question. However, a moderator converted it to a comment and notated it by leaving ...
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Editing a question with only a JSFiddle link does not work

I can't edit a question that has a jsfiddle link because it has a lack of code. Can we get privileged users able to bypass restriction? The question had some really poor formatting and linking and I ...
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0answers
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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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3answers
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Edit in content, from third party, to link only answer?

I just ran into this in the suggested edits review: Suggested Edit Its literally a link only answer, but apparently it was helpful and was up-voted and accepted. Now (a few years after the answer ...
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2answers
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Does adding a link to your answer make it more likely to be flagged?

Recently a user posted about meta that his answer was converted to a comment. The answer was in this form Foo is thing, so it already frobs the widget so there's no need to specialfrob it. ...
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1answer
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Line between link farm (low quality) and reasonable

As I understand it the goal of this network of sites is to be an awesome no nonsense reference facility. When reviewing answers with the review tool though I see a large number of answers that I find ...
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1answer
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Since moderators are just asking users to flag a custom “Link only answer,” can we permanently make this a flag option? [duplicate]

For a couple weeks, moderators have been declining not an answer flags on link-only answers: declined - Please don't flag link only answers as 'not an answer': When should you decide whether to ...
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1answer
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Link-only answers in Low Quality review - how are these (are these?) supposed to be dealt with? [duplicate]

About two weeks ago I performed some reviews from Low Quality queue. Per my recollection, back then I commented on about 60-80 link-only answers. Today, I checked posts I commented from review queue. ...
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1answer
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Why was my link only answer flag for this question declined? [duplicate]

Why was my (Link only answer) flag for this question declined with the message: flags should only be used to make moderators aware of content that requires their intervention
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2answers
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Is the user a serial google-copy-paster, or a part-time bot?

I just noticed a particular user that has a large amount of throwaway answers. They seem to almost always take the form: This may be of help [or another generic phrase]: [link/pasted code] ...
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1answer
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I flagged a link-only answer as “not an answer” but my flag was declined [duplicate]

Earlier I flagged this "answer": Please used this tutorial here I flagged it as "not an answer" since this is how we are supposed to flag link-only answers, but received the following response. ...
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When should I defer from flagging a link only answer?

What made me ask? I flagged this (only for 10K users) answer as a Not an Answer, moderator declined it saying declined - flags should not be used to indicate technical inaccuracies, or an ...
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1answer
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First post to be tagged as “just a link answer”?

Is it possible to mark first posts as Just a link answer? It came to me this review. I do not want to flag it, as in similar cases I flagged as not an answer but got a: declined - flags should not ...
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1answer
136 views

Preventing dead links

Sorry if this has been asked before but I couldn't find anything mentioned in my search. I'm wondering if there's a way that we can prevent dead-links form forming as accepted answers? I found this ...
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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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Not An Answer flag on Link Only Answer declined without action

I went through the 10K mod tool flag queue and flag this link only answer as not an answer, which got rejected. Answer text (full) is: For those wondering, here is another website showing a way to ...
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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 ...