This recent answer made me wondering about a point: is it good to provide an answer if the main part of it is actually provided by a link.
I mean, this particular answer is good, itself (I don't want here to depreciate it, this is not the point), but what if the link becomes dead?
In the Stack Exchange site I know the best (about Blender, an open source computer 3D graphics tool), people are encouraged to ask question and provide the answer in its own text, as some "guaranty" to keep information inside Stack Exchange.
For that, Blender SE has few (implicit, moderated) rules:
- Don't link images, but upload them using the editor button.
- Use a dedicated companion internet site to upload files if they are needed. In Blender context, these files are 'blender's file', in our context, that could be either raw text or pdf files, for instance. But there is a counterpart: this site has to be created and managed.
- Links are OK as a complement to the more formal part of the question or answer.
Again, the main point is too keep, as far as possible, most information inside the SE site.
What do you think about it concerning French Language SE?