EDIT After reading my own pcst again, I do not think it is constructive. I can't delete it so I flagged it as not constructive. This issue is too minor to be discussed in meta IMO.
I'm sorry if this was asked before, I've looked for it and couldn't find it.
Recently I've been running into the following scenerio:
- I look at a recently asked low-quality question. I vote to close it and do not post an answer, usually because it is not-constructive or it is a duplicate.
- I comment with the fix to the problem, prompting the user it was very easy to find with a search engine or leave a link to a duplicate question.
- Users come in, a few minutes after I voted to close the question and left the comment and use that comment to formulate a low quality answer, or posts something along the lines of that comment as their own.
- Original poster sees that answer, before/after the question is closed and up-votes it/accepts it, giving the guy who put the answer rep.
I've been noticing this pattern quite a lot recently. Here is the most recent example although I've seen it at least a dozen times before.
What can I do to improve in my approach to the problem?
In general, what should be done in such cases?