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Let's say that my answer could be clearly explained with a flash animation of my own devising. Could I just supply a link to the animation?
Uncouth?

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  • $\begingroup$ Discounting idealism, the question remains the same. $\endgroup$ – Chowzen May 24 '16 at 20:04
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    $\begingroup$ It's acceptable as a supplement to your answer, but not your sole explanation. $\endgroup$ – Kevin May 25 '16 at 7:23
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Ideally, you would try to "convert" the answer into a format which can be directly used on site here.

Either as a "screen-shot" of the site you require or - for animiations - as an animated-GIF. Such images can be direclty uploaded and embedded on site, like f.e. in this answer here

If this is not possible, then sometimes some "deposit" sites are used. There is a bit of gray area here, I think.

In particular for Javascript code, people have used http://jsfiddle.net/, like f.e. as simulator JS app in this question.

Large amounts of text can also be shared via http://dropbucket.org/.

It is imporatant that these links are "trustworthy" and you would defenitely want to describe the link-destination first.

Sites like jsfiddle.net show the source-code, which builds some trust. I would never ever visit an obscure link with some "download". I think this would be a no-go.

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  • $\begingroup$ An obscure link is where we hang our hat. $\endgroup$ – Chowzen May 24 '16 at 19:07
  • $\begingroup$ @Chowzen nice try. I m NOT checking it out. Sure. $\endgroup$ – BmyGuest May 24 '16 at 19:13
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    $\begingroup$ Dang the recursion $\endgroup$ – haykam May 24 '16 at 19:14
  • $\begingroup$ Would you be more prone to click this? [clickable link](meta.puzzling.stackexchange.com/questions/4899/… ) $\endgroup$ – Chowzen May 24 '16 at 19:19
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    $\begingroup$ To be clear, I am not starting a fight, @BemyGuest, Just enjoying a spirited debate.. $\endgroup$ – Chowzen May 24 '16 at 19:26
  • $\begingroup$ @Chowzen same here. Thought your comment funny and sought a good reply :-) $\endgroup$ – BmyGuest May 24 '16 at 19:29

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