I find it very difficult to down-vote one-sentence answers that don't provide real direction, or is a link to an article only, when the answer comes from a notable figure in the community, or, someone with higher rep than me.

How can I provide guidance or constructive feedback to this person - or should I leave well enough alone? I think that there a social contract that posting to SE sites leaves you open to criticism regardless of who you may be; not everyone may see it this way. I don't want to start a flame war - however - this seems to be rampant by a few people in particular.

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    Name and shame Phil :) May 1, 2013 at 18:36
  • I have the AutoReviewComments installed. It comes really handy, specially for these types of situations.
    – Dan
    May 3, 2013 at 8:46

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As with any content, you're supposed to be voting/vetting/commenting on the content, not the user. It doesn't matter what their reputation or background is. If you can help the user be a more productive member of the community, you should leave a thoughtful, constructive comment describing how the content can be improved.

It not always obvious to a new user that leaving a link to a blog post or other resources isn't necessary the best use of this site. Stack Exchange is not a search engine or a collection of links. We're here to provide definitive answers to questions about Magento, not answers about where to find things on the Internet.

  • Point taken. Great advice, thank you.
    – philwinkle
    May 1, 2013 at 13:59

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