When a wild ambiguous, vague, incomplete, overly broad, or rhetorical question appear, other than voting to close it, should / can we provide an equally broad answer (when reasonably possible)?

inb4: this is a broad question

  • Reason for the down vote? – Shoe Mar 29 '13 at 5:32
  • Votes are different on meta. People disagree that you should answer broad questions. – Manishearth Mar 29 '13 at 5:55
  • @Manishearth, next time I'll post it the other way around then: "Shouldn't we answer [...]". – Shoe Mar 29 '13 at 5:57

No, do not provide an answer to questions that you think should be closed. In the case of broad questions, flag to close or vote to close as Not A Real Question, leave a comment telling the OP that the question is too broad (and how to make it less broad), and move on.


Questions that aren't specific enough to have one correct answer are by definition off topic. If a question is broad enough to cover a large topic, it should be broken into smaller questions, as those aren't the type of questions that StackOverflow does well with.

In response to your edit:

No, ambiguous, vague, incomplete, overly broad, or rhetorical questions should be closed.

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    Too broad questions are still on-topic; they just needs to be closed as "not a real question." I can ask a question about Xcode on Stack Overflow; if it is too broad, it is closed, even if it is not off-topic. – kiamlaluno Mar 29 '13 at 5:46

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