The answer by FumbleFingers to the question Term for offering something just out of reach evokes too many images.

Dangling a carrot

Adding an image may help an answer by replacing few or all of the words. It also helps anyone remember it for a long time. I've done it a few times. Got a great response. But I am capricious and I couldn't resist adding a visual aid.

So my question is how much help would it be if the image provided above was used as an answer for the mentioned question ?

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    Oh dear! Noting the downvotes you're getting here, I kinda regret suggesting you could ask about this on meta! But I don't really understand (or agree with) them, to be honest. The question seems relevant and well-posed, so I've upvoted on that basis. And you've carefully avoided framing your question so it would be justifiable for people to downvote purely because they don't want images in ELU answers - you're only asking what they think, not whether they disagree with what you [might] think. And the closevote citing POB just seems nonsensical on a meta question tagged "discussion". Apr 3 '17 at 14:11
  • I don't understand the downvotes, but I'm just a little user so I'll comment instead of answer, that a picture does not answer the question. What if I had not heard the term and saw that picture? Nothing. On our other SE sites picture-only answers are highly discouraged.
    – Mikey
    Apr 15 '17 at 16:14

Sometimes a picture is very helpful. But the answer should contain an explanation also.

Picture-only answers are strongly discouraged. Irrelevant pictures are not welcome, and may be removed by other users.

An example is the following answer to a question I once posted. It explains well, and the added picture is very helpful.

This is an accepted answer with 41 score and an image of what appears to be a batter riding a horse with a carrot on a stick in the crook of his arm, and a baseball bat spanking the horse's buttocks. The text of the answer reads: "Here, *the carrots* refer to attractive features that might lure you into adopting the new version. It comes from the idiom *carrot and stick*. To induce someone to do something you can promise as a reward, the carrot, threaten punishment, the *stick*, or do both. There's an analogy here trying to make a horse or donkey go forward. Thanks to Todd Wilcox for the picture suggestion." The artist's signature, and a publication date of 2013 is to our lower right, but I can't quite make it out. It looks like Dave Contu.

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    Nice one. I notice that your 'quote' is itself a picture.
    – Lawrence
    Apr 3 '17 at 15:04

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