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If you see a terrible formulated question which is hard to understand(for example bad english grammar or whatever) or a duplicate but you do know the answer to the question, should you still answer the bad question? Or just leave it be?

marked as duplicate by gnat, ale, Martijn Pieters, Danubian Sailor, user213963 Jan 28 '14 at 14:00

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  • @gnat Well the question isn't the same because I'm not talking about an off-topic question although the answer helped me. – Loko Jan 28 '14 at 13:13
  • You're welcome to answer any question you'd like, helping users is the primary goal. – Lance Roberts Jan 28 '14 at 16:16
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    @LanceRoberts: No, quality content is the primary goal. Helping users out is a (most welcome) side effect. – Madara Uchiha Jan 28 '14 at 17:57
  • @MadaraUchiha, You have no site if you don't help users. If you lose sight of that goal and try to just create a pure site, you will just have a nice looking site that is of no use to anyone. It's like any application you create; It's always about the users and their needs. – Lance Roberts Jan 28 '14 at 18:00
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    @LanceRoberts: Quality content attracts happy users, not the other way around. – Madara Uchiha Jan 28 '14 at 18:17
  • @MadaraUchiha, quality is great, and we should strive for that, but not before helping users. – Lance Roberts Jan 28 '14 at 18:18

If it's salvageable, i.e. You can edit it and it won't be close worthy, it's best if you salvage it, then answer it.

If it is a sure duplicate or cannot be salvaged, it's best if you didn't answer it, and instead educate the OP on why his question is about to be closed/deleted.

Remember, our goal is quality, helping out other users is nice but it is a secondary goal. Flooding the site with answered duplicates doesn't help anyone, half-assed questions getting low quality answers (because you can't really answer a question the truly deserves being closed) doesn't help either.

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