I regularly review on StackOverflow, but am not actively engaged on ServerFault. Over the weekend, out of habit, I flagged two link-only answers, which wouldn’t be permitted on most Stack Exchange sites:
- Firewall rules does not apply to pfsense hosted machine [closed]
- Oracle Cloud stopping due to inactivity
Both of these flags were declined with the stock message:
declined - flags should not be used to indicate technical inaccuracies, or an altogether wrong answer
Obviously, I didn’t flag these answers because I thought they were inaccurate or wrong, but because they didn’t include information beyond the link.
Are link-only answers acceptable around these parts? Are there any cases where link-only answers should be flagged?
I did read a few meta posts before asking this question, and one carves out some exceptions (such as old posts with upvotes, or posts asking for resources). None of the exceptions seem relevant here, though.
I’m assuming this is my mistake since I’m new around here. I want to make sure I’m updating my heuristic before submitting any more unhelpful flags. What should I learn from this?