The title is maybe in need of modification.

The question is this: If I have found a question I'm not in position to answer(because of lack of knowledge), but have found something interesting in the web that I think it might be helpful for the question posted and understandable for those interested, should I just give the link as a comment or should I copy and paste the script that could be helpful as an answer with a reference to the link? Or maybe should I make a comment to someone else reffering the link of the site I have found so that he could post an answer(but I find this rather off limits)

Thank you.


If all you can contribute is the link, you should post it as a comment under the question. Posting an answer that only contains a link - commonly referred to as a link-only answer - is frowned upon and such an answer will generally get flagged as Not an Answer. (The reason for this is that such answers are very susceptible to link rot and they bring the overall quality of the site down. The goal is to become a repository of answers, not a repository of unreliable links to relevant documents.)

If you want to post an answer, you should study the link and summarize its important points in a way that actually answers the question. If you do not have the time or the ability to do this, you should simply post the link as a comment.

Finally, before posting a link it is a good idea to ensure that the page is archived in the Wayback Machine, so that the archived version is there in case the live website moves or goes down. (Don't link directly to the wayback machine, though - it's polite to the website creators to actually direct traffic to their site instead of an archived mirror.)

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    $\begingroup$ +10 (but one will have to do) for the absolutely meta link to link rot. My God, that is brilliant $\endgroup$ – Jim Apr 21 '15 at 13:05

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