Say you're looking over the new questions, looking for a chance to solve someone's problem, and you see a question which is absolutely, unquestionably off-topic, or is much too localized, and it gets closed.

But you have the answer.

Should you share it anyway?

I do realize this is really a matter of personal choice, but I want to know what the community's general stance is.

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a) Preferably not. b) How do you propose to do that? Closure prevents posting an answer. Via a comment? –  Josh Caswell Jul 28 '12 at 8:04
I'd rather 1) write a new question based on whatever useful bits were there in the original one and 2) self-answer it. Then, I'd 3) post a comment in that "original" question, referring to a new one - to establish a link and let OP and other readers see my answer posted in a new question –  gnat Jul 28 '12 at 12:05
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up vote 2 down vote accepted

You can post it as a comment, and the asker will be notified.

Comments are generally softer than answers, so I don't think you're going to get ratted on for it. At best, the user gets the answer they want, and you've helped somebody; at worst, the question gets deleted, taking the comment with it.

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I know how, silly. I'm asking whether it's encouraged. Hence the "should". –  Aerovistae Jul 28 '12 at 8:09
I expanded my answer a little. –  BoltClock's a Unicorn Jul 28 '12 at 8:13
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