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Yes, but only when the information is not widely known or reasonably obvious to current-day users, and the explanation is not given by a question or answer on a StackExchange site. One heuristic is whether or not we have a tag for the thing in question. If we have a tag for it, it's probably (but not always) well known enough that a link to an explanation ...


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It probably shouldn't have been accepted on principle. However I (as the author) would have accepted that edit, although with a little modification, because as it turns out most of the information I used to create the answer originally came from the page (despite going through many a modification on other sites).


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Firstly, I approved your edit that included the removal of the controversial block of text. I did consider using the Improve Edit option to leave some or all of that block in the answer. On balance, I agreed that it didn't add to the answer. Also, I was well aware that the original poster could reintroduce the block or roll it back if they objected to its ...


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I think I have seen differing views on this across the different sites, and although I am not sure about this specific edit, I think there is a legitimate view that answers become communal property which should be edited to improve them. So there is a question of etiquette in allowing the author of an answer the opportunity to react to a comment, but if ...


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Yes Links to Wikipedia help to give extra context to posts, providing information about the topics mentioned that is far in excess of what can be provided in posts. This can help the understanding of the casual reader.


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What can be done to keep both of us happy? Kiss and make up maybe? Tweak the language of the answer slightly to make it less abrasive. e.g. That is based on a false assumption i.e. that there are byte "cells" on a floppy disk. I don't think there is anything wrong with the general structure. As the author of the answer states, this is a Q and A site. We ...


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(a. Took me some time to find this, as the title didn't relate to me) (b. tl;dr - Short answer to your question here at the end) First off all, I'm very thankful to you (@CJ Dennis) and several other for all the work on improving spelling and grammar of my posts, as I'm neither native English nor careful enough when typing (blaming it on my lousy tablet ...


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No We already have tag wikis for providing extra information about topics - this question was tagged with apple-ii, file-system and apple-pascal at the time that the edit was suggested. Relying on links to external sites for information is frowned upon because this site should aim to be self-sufficient - that's one reason why we don't have link-only answers....


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No, and when the information is not widely known or reasonably obvious to current-day users we should document that in a Q&A pair and link to that instead. (See Curt J. Sampson's answer for examples.) Pros We're keeping all the necessary information on-site, not linking elsewhere for important information. It's fulfilling our mission to document and ...


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