It is not clear what we should do about link-only answers. (In my eyes, anything like this would definitely be a link-only answer.)

We have the option to flag it as "Not an Answer", or "Very Low Quality", but it is both of those. How should we flag it? Or does it matter?

  • I would think it would be a low quality answer, until the link goes dead at which point it would become not an answer. May 31 '14 at 20:21

Shog laid the rules pretty clear, without interpretation in MSE:

If the answer in and out itself doesn't answer the question is not an answer.


I believe the answer (dis)qualifies more as a low quality answer than not an answer itself, since the basic idea behind asking for the gist of the answer than the link only is because links may become dead or may change overtime. So unless those things happen it still is an answer but is poor quality.

So, marking the answer as "Very Low Quality" would be better.

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