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Just got my answer to How to get large amounts of xp safely and quickly in Minecraft? deleted, with the following comment:

This is not an answer, it's a collection of videos. I'm sure you know link-only answers are not allowed. – Wrigglenite♦ 6 hours ago

First off, the question is answered in the first paragraph:

Probably the most consistent, easiest way to get a lot of XP is building an XP farm. It's a contraption that provides a constant stream of what is source of XP, in a way that is easily and safely obtainable.

This alone gives enough context for the asker to find the solution on their own (although they are likely to find a terrible one first, one I mention later as a thing to avoid).

After that, I provide brief overviews of various XP farm designs and a link to a video for each of them.

If anything, it's the competing answer that doesn't answer the question, giving a generic list of methods to obtain some XP, any of which may or may not be automated or streamlined, and listed like this, without any overview of their efficiency and options to streamline, they are completely useless for OP's problem.

Op's question was closed, too, as "lacks focus" - "Update the question so it focuses on one problem only." It's written in a rather broken English, obviously not the asker's language, but the problem stated is clear to me: gathering large amounts of XP quickly, consistently and safely. And as any seasoned Minecraft player knows, this is the very definition of XP farming. It doesn't need more focus, at most it requires clean-up of the grammar.

The answer could benefit from screenshots or more in-depth discussion of various solutions. But deleting the answer completely ignoring all the commentary, and without a chance to improve is a dick move.


Screenshot of Answer (for those under 10k reputation points).

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    That answer should not have been deleted. It does not meet the grounds for deletion as per the Help Center on Why and how are some answers deleted? I'd vote to undelete but it says: "A moderator has deleted this post and it cannot be undeleted." About the question - I was one of its close voters, but did not vote to close as 'needs more focus' like the others. I believe it is a duplicate of What's the most efficient way to get experience? (posted in 2011) – galacticninja Nov 2 at 9:18
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After reviewing this deletion with the mod team, I've gone ahead and reversed the deletion on your answer. Sorry for the long turn around time on this, but it can be difficult to wrangle all of us moderators together over the weekend.

Additionally, the mod team was hoping you could expand the textual part of your answer a bit to include more details on what exactly an XP farm is. Right now there's a very high level description of of what an XP farm is at the top, but it doesn't go into in enough detail that a user that's never heard of an XP farm before would fully understand an XP farm is and how it works without watching the videos (i.e. it is a specific structure that allows for spawning of creatures and holding them in an area where you can attack and kill them, but they cant attack you).

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  • Done - this should provide some help. – SF. Nov 2 at 18:51
  • @SF. Thanks for edits to your answer. It's greatly appreciated. – Wipqozn Nov 2 at 18:53
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The reason we don't allow link-only answers is that the link could be invalidated at any point, with the bulk of the answer diseappearing along with it. We require all answers to stand on their own, not through outside links. So what's left when we remove the links from the answer?

Probably the most consistent, easiest way to get a lot of XP is building an XP farm. It's a contraption that provides a constant stream of what is source of XP, in a way that is easily and safely obtainable. There are countless designs of XP farms, varying in difficulty and efficiency.

This part is not helpful on its own, as it requires knowledge of what an XP farm is. If someone doesn't know what an XP farm is or how it works, this answer doesn't help them in any way.

Probably the easiest in general, but with very low efficiency, is a spawner-based XP farm built around a random zombie or skeleton spawner:

This doesn't explain how to build a farm, or even what it looks like, leaving all the information in the video.

The next step up is a general mob grinder. The design by Sethbling requires minimum of resources, but takes some more effort to light the caves around.

Again, no explanation of what the design looks like, it's all in the video.

Easier, though requiring more cheap resources is "the same except built in the sky". with the kill platform at around 130 blocks above ground (or preferably sea, to avoid fall deaths) level, spawning platforms respectively higher. DON'T build the "cross-shaped" grinder that depends on mobs wandering around. It's an easy way to get Youtube clicks, not XP or mob drops, the efficiency of it is abysmal.

What's a "kill platform"? What are "spwaning platforms"? What's a "cross-shaped grinder"? This requires knowledge found in links, not in the answer itself.

If you're comfortable with the Nether, you can build a blaze farm instead - it grants roughly comparable amount of XP but the danger building it is quite obvious.

No mention of what such a farm would look like, or how to make it work.

Next, probably the most practical, providing the best XP gain rate relative to effort - very efficient and easy, is EnderMINI by Gnembon, a classic - which requires access to the End though.

The only thing we know about this farm is it needs the End in some way. Not helpful without the video.

After that we're going into realm of mega-builds: The classic "sky donut" by Ilmango has a great advantage of not requiring player interaction, while providing plenty of XP

Once again, only the name is present in the answer, nothing about how the farm works or how to build it.

A farm with even greater rates is a guardian XP farm, requiring lots and lots of work to build though:
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Let's not forget XP silos - XP "builds up" slowly, over days, in these, but can be "retrieved" in seconds:

I figure you know what I'm going to say about these two.

And I think it should be included, even though it's no longer possible in the game, but for historical reasons the most efficient, and most epic XP farm ever deserves a mention: the fully automatic ender dragon farm.

This is useful to nobody playing on the latest version.

So what do we learn from the answer once the links are dead? That we need something called an "XP farm", but no details of what it does or how to build one. Someone reading the answer would then have no choice but to search the internet again, having learned nothing but the name of what they're supposed to be looking for.

Answers need to be self-contained, and this answer only points someone in the direction of where the answer might be.

One more thing. When a question is asked on a basic, useful topic such as grinding experience, make sure there's not aleady a duplicate that you can point the OP to, like "What's the most efficient way to get experience?"

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    So, assuming EVERY SINGLE of the 8 or so links goes dead, and OP is unable to use Google with the keywords provided, that means I should edit and provide additional info in the answer. Unfortunately I can't edit a deleted answer. – SF. Oct 31 at 22:03
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    As for the linked question: it asks "most efficient way to get experience?" and the top-scoring answer is literally the least efficient of XP farms (past the hopeless clickbait one). The remaining answers are also bad. Spawner, Running Around at Night, suicide by zombie pigmen, mining, a suicidal mob farm (luring mobs through aggro), triple spawner farm (good luck finding that), re-killing the dragon. The answers are from 2011-2012, outdated beyond all hope. – SF. Oct 31 at 22:13
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    Given everything you say here, deleting the answer is still an excessive escalation. The answer clearly had work put into it, and it's reasonable to assume that the author would make further improvements if asked. The main reason for summarily deleting link-only answers is that that is not generally the case. Therefore, a more appropriate response would be a comment asking for elaboration on the specific points that you say are under-explained, deleting the answer only if the issues are not addressed. – murgatroid99 Oct 31 at 22:18
  • @SF. I'm surprised I have to explain this but yes, answers should stand on their own. Your answer isn't locked so I'm not sure why you're saying you can't edit it. – Wrigglenite Oct 31 at 22:30
  • @SF. If the answers on a question are outdated, you're encouraged to add your own. – Wrigglenite Oct 31 at 22:33
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    This seems like a pretty heavy handed and biased decision. You feel a question needs to hold the asker's hand and spoonfeed them every definition, and I don't think that's a wise decision. If they are asking about farming XP, I would wager that they've got some previous knowledge of the game and how some of those mechanics work. Just because you don't know, doesn't mean the asker won't understand. This site is not curated to YOU, this site is curated to all. – Kaizerwolf Nov 2 at 13:46
  • You're acting like the youtube videos are nothing but broad pictures without play buttons. The help center on Arqade on how to not spam (which we're not really dealing with here) explicitly states in bold "Don't include links except to support what you've written". In other words, putting additional links in your post isn't completely unacceptable, but as long as it helps and you aren't straight-out promoting it like saying "Hey, this is my YT go check it out!" then it's fine, and even makes the post a bit more interesting. If not then why did we even enable youtube video embedding? – mindstormsboi Nov 25 at 11:21

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