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- Should I answer off-topic questions? 1 answer
If someone asks a question that is overly broad or possibly opinionated, but you think you could give a useful answer to the asker and help them out a bit, is it bad to answer the question even if you know it will most likely be closed?
On one hand it helps the person better have a grasp of the question they want to ask (maybe answer a broad question by skimming the surface of all the things they need to be thinking about to answer their question, and it could help them ask a more useful question).
On the other hand it may reward the user for incorrect behavior, and be seen by outsiders as the correct way to ask a question.
So what do you guys think, is there ever a time when answering a question you know to be off-topic could be beneficial?