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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
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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.

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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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