I just read a question, where the gist was a simple typo in the source. The first answerer found it and corrected it.
Now, this question should obviously be closed, because it's of no value to any other developer out there. But I hesitate to click the 'close' button.
For one, the querist had a real problem with his code, which could theoretically also be founded in deeper language intricacies. And he is a newbie still.
The other is, the helpful chap providing an answer already got upvotes. It seems unfair to rob them away, in a way. Of course, you can argument, that the answer does not qualify for SO reps, and you'd surely be right theoretically. Practically, it's also a kind of payment for your time solving the issue at hand. If there had been deeper language intricacies, the time researching the question would have been well-spent (reps-wise).
Therefore I'd like to propose:
- Add a possibility to close those off-topic questions in a nicer way
- Keep gained reps intact as far as possible (perhaps divide by factor 2 or so).
- Communicate to the querist as clear and friendly/helpful as possible, that SO was glad to help, but the question will now vanish from search results and index pages,...
- and what can be done, if the querist thinks, that this is not appropriate