Sometimes I see a question I know isn't appropriate as asked (ie, its an opinion question, open ended, etc), so I flag it. But then I can't help answering it anyway.

Is that bad form?

How will flagging and answering a question affect my reputation?

  • Personally, I would just give hint/tips (and sometime direction) as comment to let OP knows that his question is not appropriate to be answered. But I guess answering it wouldn't hurt anyone too. Feb 19, 2014 at 4:47
  • If you don't care about rep, or your content may be deleted along with the question, then go ahead. In a case or two, I answer + cast close vote on a bad question just because I like to answer it.
    – nhahtdh
    Feb 19, 2014 at 4:57
  • how would flagging + answering affect reputation?
    – JBCP
    Feb 19, 2014 at 5:00
  • 3
    "BAD QUESTION! BAD DOG!!" ... "EHH.. OK HERE YOU GO TAKE IT ANYWAAAY" Feb 19, 2014 at 5:02
  • Like no one has ever done that before. :)
    – JBCP
    Feb 19, 2014 at 5:05
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    @JBCP - they are separate things. flagging can't affect rep Feb 19, 2014 at 5:10

1 Answer 1


Yes, it is bad form. Please don't answer questions that are off-topic or otherwise inappropriate. Simply put, answering bad questions encourages users to ask more bad questions. It perpetuates a cycle of bad questions.

In short every time someone answers a bad question a unicorn gets sent to the glue factory...

For possible effects on reputation see: Should one downvote answers to off-topic questions?

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