The point of this question is mostly to get a feel for whether it is better to capture the directions for a process here on GIS.se or to simply link to where they reside at their source. One sample of directions that I am referring to is the following:
I can think of reasons either way.
You may choose to simply link to directions, especially in the case above, because they are from the authoritative source on the software, and could be updated as new versions of the software are released.
You may choose to include the directions because of the inevitable condition of Link Rot. Even in the case above, it is not unheard of for ESRI to change their link structure or reorganize their resources, thus breaking links.
Is there a standard practice for this on other SE sites?