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I really like being in Answers, especially when the community are actively sharing their views, opinions and answers (pun intended!) amongst each other. This really is a healthy activity for Atlassian users, particularly those who are still new to the products available to them. In the end, I view Answers better than most forums.

But (correct me if I'm wrong) I begin to notice a pattern that I believe can be a bit disturbing. Most of the answers shared are just plain URL slapping and I believe benefit less. I don't know whether this is really a bad sign, but I tend to believe that this method of providing answers is just like a hook for gaining more and more karma.

Say, for instance, there are two answers to a question:

  • One answer provides a detail explanation of the solution/workaround, and with possible hints and suggestions to further progress along the way. It's like properly constructed, with screenshots and suggested examples to refer to.
  • The other answer is just a URL slap of the same thing. "Maybe this can help you: <insert URL here>"

The user who asked the question finds that the answers provided solved the question, and he accepted both answers.

I just feel that the second answer pattern is just plain baiting for karma (just because he got the 25 karma for acceptance).

I always look up to people like Nic, Renjith, Jamie and Andy for providing good answers that really help the people.

What do you think measures a good answer? Is URL slapping good?

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