We should not allow links to outside Websites in either the questions or answers. The idea is that WE are the destination site for users - it seems a bit lazy!!

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  • Speaking of lazy!! Just sayin'. – kiamlaluno Aug 8 '10 at 22:43
  • What's lazy about asking the question? – Ocaasi Aug 9 '10 at 16:15
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    This seems against the spirit of the web, not to mention exclusionary. However, posting guidelines as to what types of links are appropriate sounds useful. – Goodbye Stack Exchange Aug 12 '10 at 18:57
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    Answers: Short, concise with outside links used to provide additional information that might validate or elucidate upon the original point. Does that sound like a fair recap? – AttilaNYC Aug 21 '10 at 12:18

I disagree.

There might be additional related information in the question or an answer.

Also, you need reason to believe the information. There's often a need to provide reference materials (eg, FDA guidelines, if nothing else). We do not want people copy & pasting information and introducing plagiarism issues without correctly citing the source.

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Answers also need to be short and to the point. I prefer to direct readers to more detailed answers and explanations elsewhere. As Joe mentioned, it also helps validate the answer in the mind of the reader.

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