What do you guys think about adding relevant hyperlinks to questions and answers?

For example, if someone asks about hygiene in certain country, an answer could include quality of water, restaurant cleanliness and such. Adding info on water quality from UN site or a blog post about someones experience in a restaurant regarding hygiene is what I had in mind for hyperlinking. Adding links to outside websites (official government or organization data, blogs, articles) would in my opinion be useful as it would allow readers to learn a bit more than what the answer is providing.

I will add that kind of link to my posts but was wondering whether others would mind if someone else edited their posts for the sole purpose of adding a relevant/interesting link.

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If you're editing in order to provide sources for facts already stated in the answer, do it. That's one of the reasons we allow editing: to improve answers and make them more complete.

If you're editing to provide new information, you might be better off just creating a separate answer.

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If you want to add a comment asking if the OP minds you adding in information, that's fine for the sake of politeness, but it is not at all required.

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Thanks for an official answer Laura! –  hippietrail Nov 22 '12 at 5:31
    
I would prefer an official answer to this question: meta.travel.stackexchange.com/questions/998/… ... –  RoflcoptrException Nov 22 '12 at 8:02
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@roflcoptrexception Jin has been on leave a bunch lately, but I hadn't realized this site's design hadn't gone up. I'll look into it after the holiday. –  Laura Nov 22 '12 at 12:35
    
You guys get an end-of-November holiday? (-; –  hippietrail Nov 23 '12 at 5:35

If you find information that can supplement a question/answer, it's common courtesy to ask the OP in a comment to include it in their post. It's okay to edit, format, and rearrange a post, and I have done so on many occasions, but I would think twice before including new information (which includes links) without the poster's consent. Occasional link to Wikipedia or similar is probably fine though.

If the OP doesn't respond to your request at all (inactive user, for example), then I guess it's okay to include new and relevant information, seeing as probably nobody would mind.

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Asking the OP first is very sensible! –  user3470 Nov 20 '12 at 20:10

I would not do it. This is about reciprocity. I would not appreciate either if someone in my own posts. Correcting a typo is fine, but anything further is out of scope. For me it's a matter of respect.

Rather than fiddling about others' answers I would rather suggest an alternative answer of my own, with links or whatever I think is missing. Then the readers can decide via the voting mechanism.

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Good to know. Was actually more interested in what others think than actually doing it. –  John Doe Nov 20 '12 at 19:55
    
The folks who own and run Stack Exchange specifically go out of their way to tell us that OP's do not own their posts and that everybody is encouraged to edit and improve them. To this end all posts are wikis and the goal is to end up with a great set of questions and answers. It is true that this sometimes can lead to some posts drifting away from what they said when people voted on them. To address this we have the ability to change our vote after a post has been edited. –  hippietrail Nov 21 '12 at 5:05

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