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I think it is okay to reference such sites, but please make the links non-clickable and include a warning. Posting the relevant code is preferable.


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I was the author of the answer with the archived link. In general I think that no, we should not provide archived links. I only used the archive for this specific link because, in my experience, The Daily Dot often deletes or modifies articles, making them invalid for future reference. Using an archive ensures that people are able to see what was present ...


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A post on Stack Exchange can contain a link to any website. This is no different from any other website. Like pretty much any website with externally contributed content, even if you trust the site owners, you can't trust all the contributors. A post on Stack Exchange can embed images. Those images can be hosted on any website. Images are normally not ...


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There is no system that inspects links. Users must beware.


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It is perfectly fine to post bare links when the link is to a tangent or to secondary information. No need to fill the answer with text that is only indirectly relevant. If the link is meant to answer the main question, then the links should be quoted, else the meat of the answer is lost if the link dies. In the answer you linked, there is no clear ...


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The link you describe is a shortened link. Link shorteners are officially frowned upon and would be outright blocked if it were technically feasible to do so. There is nothing wrong with linking to the Internet Archive, or other archival services, but the full, original URL should either be a component of the address (e.g. https://web.archive.org/web/...


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