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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?

marked as duplicate by random Sep 12 '13 at 21:15

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  • You can go ahead and help, but you should be prepared to lose rep when the question is removed. – nhahtdh Sep 12 '13 at 21:14
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    @random man something about the search here I always look for the question before I ask it and never find it, sure enough someone has asked the exact question. – KDiTraglia Sep 12 '13 at 21:16
  • If anyone is going to downvote this. Think. That means you agree with answering those kinds of questions. – Cole Johnson Sep 12 '13 at 22:13
  • @nhahtdh or gain when I vote on them hehehe – Cole Johnson Sep 12 '13 at 22:18

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