19 votes

Should copy-pasted answers be deleted?

Yes. They should be deleted. There are many reasons why copy paste answers are not useful. Some of them are: Lack of effort. These answers do not show any effort. If the answers are just a copy ...
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14 votes
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Is an answer that only decomposes a problem and provides links good?

Seems reasonable to me. It's worth noting here that you're adding value to the links you provide by explaining how they relate to the asker's question. That's considerably different from just ...
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12 votes
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Should I flag link only answers to tool request questions?

The first question you should probably ask is simply, "Is there anything useful here?" Remember, the blanket prohibition on tool-rec questions is relatively new by Stack Overflow standards. ...
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11 votes

What to do what the best and only possible answer is a plain offsite link?

Your premise is faulty. Such a question can be answered without violating Stack Exchange rules against link-only answers, and without violating copyright rules. I suspect you misunderstand how ...
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10 votes

Answer appears automatically converted as a comment

Post your answer without the link; then edit in the link. For example post this answer: According to the dev lead at company X this is not currently possible. Then edit the answer to this: ...
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9 votes

Do the criteria for a link-only answer differ on Meta than on main sites?

Whether an answer is deemed "link-only" or not depends on the question asked. If an asker asks for where to find "foo" on the site, then an answer providing a link to where the asker can find "foo" ...
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9 votes

Are answers that just contain links elsewhere really "good answers"?

Anyone coming to this answer here at the bottom knows no one likes link-only answers, so I actually do something about it and leave a custom comment instead of a canned one: Although your answer is ...
7 votes

What comment should I leave on link-only answers?

The Stack Overflow Close Vote Reviewers chatroom maintains a collection of comments that can be used with the AutoReviewComments script. You can find the comments on GitHub here. For your specific ...
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7 votes

Answers which are considered too short to be a good answer shouldn't be used for review audits

They usually included a short (non comprehensive) description of the solution and a link to a howto with the full solution. So if the link breaks, there's no more a solution, and the answer is ...
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6 votes
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Are link based answers ok if they link to other Stack Exchange Answers?

Link-only answers don't stop being link-only answers if the link is local. All of these considerations still apply, particularly: The reader has to click the link to even find out what shape the ...
6 votes

How should I handle link-only answers pointing to another Stack Exchange site?

I would ask or edit to quote the other answer, as any answer can be deleted by their owner, as such in my own opinion we should act like its an external's link that was wrote. For the user ...
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5 votes

What comment should I leave on link-only answers?

Instead of simply quoting policy, I usually try to explain why a link is not really helpful in the context of why we created these sites in the first place. Typically, I will say something like this: ...
5 votes
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Should Very Low Quality flag be used on Answers that are link-only where link(s) lead to content that could answer question (i.e. are not SPAM)?

I'll repeat what I wrote elsewhere - the edit you made would have been accurate if you had told people what to do instead - i.e. followed the pattern set up by the spam/offensive bullet: Posts that ...
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5 votes
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Forcing a code block when there is a JSFiddle link in a post

The issue of having to add something as code is a unique issue with an always decreasing amount of posts where the issue you encountered applies: e.g. posts with JSFiddle links that did not include ...
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4 votes

Do the criteria for a link-only answer differ on Meta than on main sites?

There is no flag fora "link only answer". That's not a reason for flagging, or deleting, an answer. There's a flag reason for an answer that's not an answer, and one of the reasons a post might not ...
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4 votes

Is a link-only answer on a per-site meta with a link to the same question on Meta Stack Exchange acceptable?

With cross-site links we have the same issue as with off-site links: they can vanish, usually they are just deleted and visible to 10K users, but still not visible to the majority of the users. If ...
4 votes

Are link based answers ok if they link to other Stack Exchange Answers?

If an answer that is just a link to another answer on the same site is sufficient to answer the question, then the question is a duplicate of that question. If the question is a cross-site duplicate, ...
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4 votes
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Is it ok to answer a contest post with a list of links to others' content?

Rule #1 states: You can post as many entries as you want in good faith as long as they are in line with our terms of service, acceptable use policy and code of conduct. This is also a reminder that ...
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4 votes
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What comment should I leave on link-only answers?

I've got a Chrome Extension installed which auto fills a comment template for me, which I tweak as needed for each individual situation. My link-only comment looks something along the lines of: ...
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4 votes

Answers which are considered too short to be a good answer shouldn't be used for review audits

Its worth remembering review audits are based off questions that have been closed or otherwise acted upon by the community. While ostensibly meant to catch folk who're roboreviewing, they are also ...
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3 votes

Link to "your answer is in another castle" in the link-only comment

I link to that post likely more than any other post on the network. I often include it for further reading for the questioner when answering NAA type questions on Meta.SO. I also link to it a lot in ...
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2 votes
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Link to "your answer is in another castle" in the link-only comment

I partially agree with this; explaining in more detail about why link only answers are bad would be quite useful. However, the point of Shog's post is to address the issue of people flagging/deleting ...
1 vote

What comment should I leave on link-only answers?

I've used a pretty standard comment for ages: Welcome to site. We expect answers to be self contained. Should your link be moved or go down, your answer will not be helpful to future users. ...
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1 vote

Is a link-only answer on a per-site meta with a link to the same question on Meta Stack Exchange acceptable?

Usually no. For matters of policy, the context in which its applied is essential. This is not a matter of policy. It does not affect someone's ability to post, or clarify key points of site ...
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1 vote

Is a link-only answer on a per-site meta with a link to the same question on Meta Stack Exchange acceptable?

The specific case of answers to per-site meta questions about network wide issues or policies linking to duplicate MSE (especially FAQ) posts are—in my opinion—a special(ish) case. The usual problems ...
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1 vote

Prevent posts with links to jsfiddle and no code

Here's a query to help find those kinds of posts: https://data.stackexchange.com/stackoverflow/query/374895/find-question-in-the-past-month-that-have-links-to-jsfiddle-or-codepen-but-no-cod select ...
1 vote

Answer appears automatically converted as a comment

I didn't notice the conversion, and posted the same link three times, and now I can't delete those comments because of lack of reputation. Sorry to say, but that's quite absurd. At least there should ...
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