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On more than one occasion I have attempted to compose a thoughtful and helpful response to a question, only to have it closed underneath me when I try to save my answer.

For example:

Can anyone recommend a good book for independently learning Java?

I realize that posting this question here may not be the answer to itself, but I really would like to know how other people handle this situation? Is it just a matter of thinking to myself, "I will not help this person because other people won't like their question" and moving on?

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A number of type of questions are very likely to get closed, quickly. Book requests is one of them. Avoid answering those types of questions. – Michael Todd May 18 '12 at 21:44
Exactly, only not quite like that. See it as "I will not answer this question because it is off topic and will be closed/deleted anyway". – a cat May 18 '12 at 21:44
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Click on the tags to see if there are other questions of that variety that also need closing (in this case it's the tag). Vote to close or flag a few of them.

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+1 for rage closing. – Dennis May 18 '12 at 21:59

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