I have recently noticed a trend going around, and to be perfectly honest it's pissing me off. What new users (and some experience users,) do nowadays is go to the main page, find a question that's been getting lots of views, and from there do the following:

2. Type in the issue or any outputs into the search bar
3. Find any link that has anything to do with the issue (I've seen people link the asked question to itself)
4. Paste this link into an answer and tell people to go this link to fix their issue

• And also people just copy some commands from other answers that they do not understand and post as their own answers. Like this askubuntu.com/a/747059/167850 This is even worse. – Pilot6 Mar 17 '16 at 12:51
• I think you need to double-underline, super-emphesise the "just" in "PLEASE do not answer a question with just a link", rather than the "PLEASE". Great answers often aren't books and cite external resources responsibly. I understand what you're getting at but I wouldn't want people to read this and think they shouldn't use any links in answers. They're often necessary. – Oli Mar 17 '16 at 13:02
• I wholeheartedly agree. I wonder if it would be plausible to put some sort of notification at the top of answers, or over the text box, that tells new users link-only answers are effectively useless. – TheWanderer Mar 17 '16 at 13:07
• @Pilot6 the possibilities of stupidity are endless – David Mar 17 '16 at 13:29
• People who have been around for a while on the site know that's not an acceptable practice, so we don't need to be told what new uses do - we know all that. What really needs to happen is a feature request, like Zacharee1 noted. We need some form of notification for users at least bellow 1k that will tell them ( politely but very persuasively ) , hey, don't just use links and don't use what you dont know – Sergiy Kolodyazhnyy Mar 17 '16 at 14:43
• This is definitely happening, however the example you use is an answer. "upgrade to kernel 4.1" is the answer. The link is just extra. The quick and easy way to tell if something is link only or not: If you remove the link, does it still attempt to answer the question? If it does, then it's an answer. Downvote or edit it if you feel it isn't a good one. (related: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/225370/…) – Seth Mar 17 '16 at 15:27
• Also, protection only prevents low rep users from adding answers. Nothing else. They can still be deleted. – Seth Mar 17 '16 at 15:27
• Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large numbers: i42.photobucket.com/albums/e309/uleryrns/Photoshop/Obama/… – Daniel Mar 17 '16 at 16:17
• Half tempted to post an answer to this question, with a link back to itself... – Aaron Mar 18 '16 at 1:42
• Im dead XD @Aaron – David Mar 18 '16 at 2:31
• The thing is... meta isn´t even shown to new users. – Braiam Mar 22 '16 at 14:13

I have a canned comment that deals with this until you reach 2000 rep where you can review the queues together with the other reviewers:

Although your answer is 100% correct, it might also become 100% useless
if that link is moved, changed, merged into another one or the main site