It bothers me a lot when I'm spending some time and effort trying to answer a question only to learn it got closed for any reason. It's just a lot of time wasted. So I have come up with a solution for it:

  1. Create a new button on questions called "Working on it".
  2. The user is guaranteed 30 minutes to answer the question, even after it is closed.

This way, I think it is a greater motivation too to answer questions without the fear of having all my work wasted.

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    This already exists. The client enforces question closure immediately, but the server doesn't enforce it until four hours later. May 9, 2021 at 0:01
  • But once the question is closed, I can't submit an answer anymore... what do you mean? @SonictheAnonymousHedgehog
    – code
    May 9, 2021 at 0:02
  • @code Please check Submitting an answer to a closed question, and some of the linked posts shown on the right side. May 9, 2021 at 0:57
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    If you get familiar with a network site's rules for what's on-topic, you will learn to spot when a question should be closed and avoid wasting time on it. If you're having trouble understanding why a specific question deserved to be closed, you can ask about it on that site's meta.
    – BSMP
    May 9, 2021 at 1:32
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    Does this answer your question? Why was an answer allowed on a question that was merged into another one?
    – Rob
    May 9, 2021 at 1:32

1 Answer 1


If a question warrants being closed then I do not think that an answer to it warrants being worked on.

Consequently, I think that any time available for submitting an answer after closure should be considered a “bonus” to those attempting to provide one.

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