Is “Don't do it” a valid answer?
I'm writing in regards to this question on Stack Overflow: Wordpress stop bookmarking
OP is asking how to redirect his website visitors so if they hit an internal page, they are redirected back to the homepage. The purpose of this appears to be to increase revenue and/or lower bounce rate.
I know that there are plenty of sites that do something similar to this, like splitting their articles across multiple pages to force you to clickthrough to read the whole article (and show you more ads). I've just never seen it stated so plainly in public.
My question is:
Sometimes "you shouldn't do that" is the correct answer to a question. We shouldn't simply take the OP's assumptions for granted. Questioning the specific implementation sometimes leads to a better solution.
But do you think that applies in this case?
In this case, I'm thinking "don't do that" not because I think there's a better way to implement it, but because I think the whole idea is dumb in the first place. Is that my business and is it my place to speak up?
What is the appropriate response here?
- Just answer the question
- Tell the OP "you shouldn't do that"
- Something else?
I'm familiar with questions such as Is "Don't do it" a valid answer? which generally tell you to be helpful while at the same time presenting other options, however in this case I have a feeling the OP doesn't give a darn about anyone's opinion of what he's trying to do. He will simply take the solution and run off to build his annoying website. Is it still recommended to provide a solution anyway?