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I didn't downvote your answer but I would imagine because all you posted was links to something off-site. Link only answers are frowned upon and rot over time because links go bad. Answers should be detailed, include the needed or recommended code and be able to survive years to come. Your answer doesn't do that. I would imagine if you made an edit ...


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This may be a 10k+ user ability but give it a try... Go to your user profile for WPSE. Click on the "Activity" tab Below your reputation chart is a list of tabs, click "questions" At the veryyyy bottom left is a link "deleted recent question" - click it If there doesn't work there's an "all actions" tab in the Activity profile which may shed some light. I ...


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I have boilerplate comment for it: Lone link is considered a poor answer (see [FAQ#deletion]) since it is meaningless by itself and target resource is not guaranteed to be alive in the future. Please try to include at least summary of information you are linking to. Usually I don't downvote since it might be problem with form, but not the "helpfulness" ...


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Sometimes answers require repeating information already written down in The Codex/Handbook. I find the best solution is rephrasing what's already been said or providing an example that fits what the original poster is asking for. Maybe The Codex doesn't quite frame ideas in a way the original poster understands which is where you could try and simplify these ...


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Please flag link only answers as not an answer. If the link is really useful, we can convert the answer to a comment. In other cases we remove the answer. As Rarst said, we give those users time to fix before we delete anything. New users get the link to [answer] when they write an answer: Unfortunately, most users don’t read it. Related Meta SO question:...


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Usually when code is posted as answers it's as direct and to the point as possible. Like many code-related Stack Exchange sites users come into the answers and copy / paste the solution. To copy / paste the solution the end user would need to then remove the line number to add it to their codebase. The same could be said about the PHP tags. When explaining ...


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If an answer, as in this case, doesn't add anything new, flag it, and we will delete it. I just did that. Sometimes, there is something new or different in these answers, then we might leave it. Not in this case.


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Which solution is superior? Faye answers your question better, but Kaiser solves your problem better. At the end of the day, you're judging the answers by how they solve your problem, but you didn't ask how to solve your problem, you asked how to implement a specific method of solving the problem. This is an X Y question. For example, I have a house, it has ...


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Accepting an answer is not a reputation-based privilege. Anyone (including a fresh new user having 1 reputation) can accept an answer to their questions as soon as possible by clicking the checkmark icon below the downvote icon. Also, only 1 answer can be accepted on each question. Looks like the user was mixing "upvote" with "accept", which indeed, is a 15-...


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In this particular case the new answer is one line of code without explanation and deserves a downvote for lack of quality. More in general, duplicate answers are sometimes a nuisance, but don't disturb the system as duplicate questions do (because we want the best answers to a question concentrated in one place). However, there are reasons to review ...


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My take... If you are expanding your own answer, link away, but for other people's answers I typically add links to additional information in comments to either the original question or (rarely) to an answer. There is no chance of "stealing" points that way and I don't like the "link only" nature of answers that are mostly references.


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I saw this practice a couple times, I did so myself here and there, and I can't think of anything bad or disrespectful on this (if this is what you are thinking about). It is the opposite of this, I would say. Providing more insight into a particular question's topic—even if you provided the by now accepted question—could make (new) readers aware ...


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I feel as though it is a valid means of providing a more complete, unified response. In this manner, I am not taking any credit for their thoughts or words while still directing votes and inquisition to another good response. If my answer is accepted, referring/linking also draws attention to the important information contained in these referenced answers ...


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