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Closing Etiquette: Why Do Some Answer and Close?

How do you feel about voting to close a question and answering the question at the same time?

Let's say I vote to close a question as a duplicate, but I am not sure if my opinion will be shared by four other people. Should I answer the question if I know the solution?


There is no policy.

Some avoid it.

Other do it, holding out the justification that (a) it might help the OP and (b) the close might not actually happen.

// and I answered first, then went and found the above linked alleged duplicate afterward. So I'm guilty this time, even though I am usually in the the "don't do it" camp.

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Add your answer to the question you link to as the "master" - assuming that it's not a duplicate answer of course.

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I don't know but I'm gonna try it now

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