Questions tagged [link-only-answers]

Link only answers are answers that are barely more than a link to another page.

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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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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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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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Prevent posts with links to jsfiddle and no code

It's extremely common for people to ask and answer questions with no code other than a link to http://jsfiddle.net or similar service. These of course are not appropriate. I have personally been ...
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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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Increase minimum word count with links

Links alone do not provide a good answer to a question. At the very least, the author should answer the question with a summary of what is behind that link and how it pertains to the question. Are ...
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Why are accepted answers immune from Flagging link-only answers as Not an Answer?

Let's assume you agree with the yoda's corrective action to a link-only-answer (#12) of the Faq Post What is an acceptable answer? [A link only] answer must be improved as described above, else it ...
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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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Help readers understand what “link-only answer” is in canned comments sent from Low Quality queue

I noticed that the canned link-only answer message is currently plain text, while some other messages have links helping reader better understand used concepts. For example, current message for not ...
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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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Warn users trying to post link-only answers

It was suggested that link-only answers should be automatically deleted, instead of requiring flagging or delete votes. Although I agree that it could work in many cases, there may be false positives, ...
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Don't consider inline code spans as code for the purposes of the quality filter

From my earlier question, Detect attempts at disguising meaningless text as code blocks: Currently, the quality filter only asks that you have a code block before it will accept your submission of ...
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What do we do with answers that are just links to other Stack Overflow answers?

Googling for a solution to disable HTML5 form validation last night, I came across this question: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/6112266/html5-form-validation-custom-info-message There is one ...
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Still having issues with link-only answer flags

Yes, I have seen this question (and all of its derivatives): Can we get some consensus on what flag to use for link only answers? I'm having a hard time reconciling consistency. Earlier today, a ...
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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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“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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Does an (old) answer that contains only a dead link deserve a downvote?

The other day I came across this answer. The accepted answer only provided a link, but the link was not working anymore. So for me, the answer was not helpful at all. This was even the accepted ...
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Declined flag, but accepted in practice

I flagged this answer (> 10k only) for being a link-only answer (using the other flag option) and the flag got declined with the following motivation: Let's give him a chance to fix it. It's been 3 ...
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Convert link only answers into comment instead of deleting them

While reviewing "Low Quality Posts", often I used to see answers in 2 categories Answers referring to a 3rd party site or other questions in Stack Exchange. Answers referring some sort of suggestions ...
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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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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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New review queue needs a “Convert to comment” option

I know the issue of converting link-only answers to comments has been brought up before, but this is specific to the new review queue. The new queue makes it simple to delete link-only answers, and ...
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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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Link to “your answer is in another castle” in the link-only comment

Currently, the auto-text for a review comment for a link-only answer reads While this link may answer the question, it is better to include the essential parts of the answer here and provide the ...
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Enable the VLQ flag option on upvoted posts for users with good flagging history

On posts with a positive score, the very low quality flag option isn't enabled. This is great for many instances - if a post is +7, it's most likely high quality. We don't want unexperienced users ...
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Requested link only answers

In going through the review tool I often come across poor quality answers to poor quality questions. In particular, I will occasionally see questions that are simply asking for links to products, ...
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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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Is it appropriate to down-vote an answer due to linkrot? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Does an (old) answer that contains only a dead link deserve a downvote? I see that it is already debatable if a bare link is a good answer or not, but would a bare link that ...
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Why was this answer, which seemed good to me, deleted by a diamond mod?

I believe that I am quite well versed on what makes a reasonable answer on Stack Overflow, but I cannot understand the answer deletion at this question: Is there a way to display vertical indent lines ...
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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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Are link-only answers which contain broken links considered valid answers now?

I flagged this answer as not-an-answer, because it contains nothing useful except an off-site link which is now broken. My flag was disputed and the "answer" remains. I was under the impression that ...
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Strategy to handle answers containing GitHub links

I spend a fair amount of my time on Stack Overflow in the review queues, typically in the 10k tools for reviewing flags (NAA, New Answers to Old questions), and I think it might be fair to say that we ...
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Why were these “Very low quality” flags declined?

I flagged both this and that answers for "very low quality". The former because it's just a link without even a minimal summary, and the second because it isn't comprehensible whatsoever. Both were ...
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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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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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Can we have documentation on copyright and fair-use with regards to improving link-only answers?

On our own Meta I've just highlighted something that happens with link-only answer on Ask Ubuntu: user posts link-only comment, reviewer uses an auto-comment to tell them off and the user copies the ...
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Is posting a link to jsFiddle without code allowed again?

I recently stumbled upon this question, which initially contained a link to jsfiddle.net but no code. Obviously the questioner had no problem posting it. The link is active (not a plain text URL) and ...
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Should users be given a chance to correct their old answers before flagging?

Should users be given a chance to correct their old answers before flagging? I've been having a (too meta admittedly) with another user on this answer which is a 3 years old answer by Darin Dimitrov. ...
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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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Not an answer flags declined, why?

I've flagged the followings as not an answer: https://stackoverflow.com/a/6049319/493122 https://stackoverflow.com/a/1560748/493122 https://stackoverflow.com/a/3659728/493122 https://stackoverflow....
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*How* link-only does a post need to be before it's link-only? [duplicate]

Triggered by this answer; quoting: You are on the right track. Take a look at this article. There are many other articles on that topic I think, so choose one and try to understand it. Another ...
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Is an answer that only decomposes a problem and provides links good?

I have recently written this answer: Your problem has two distinct parts: How do I update user session attributes whenever I want to? How do I do something every 20 minutes? For ...
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Autoconvert site-internal-link-only answers to comments [duplicate]

When an answer consisting solely of a link to elsewhere in the Stack Exchange universe is posted, it should be converted to a comment prefixed with "See: ". Perhaps this could be widened to cover any ...
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Flags reviewing - link-only answer dilemma

First off, I am not here to argue nor to complain. I know this issue has been discussed many times. I am posting this seeking advice/clarification/guidance in order to help keeping SO tidy, rather ...
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Why was my flag declined for a “See this link” answer?

I flagged this answer, with the custom reason "link-only answer" and it was decilned for "flags should only be used to make moderators aware of content that requires their intervention" Can somebody ...
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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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Code detection heuristics for possible link-only answers should be a little bit smarter

This answer came up on my radar. The first thing I noticed about it was its inappropriate use of inline code formatting for something that is not code. Naturally, I tried to edit it:    ...
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How should answers that link to duplicate questions be handled?

Every now and again, I find someone has posted an answer to a new question that points to an older question that is an exact duplicate. In other words, the question is a duplicate, but the poster has ...
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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 ...