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Well the title says it. Should I answer a question that is technically (or blatantly) off-topic if I know the answer? Example: This question got a downvote as well as multiple flags from me. If I can just answer the question so that the user will be satisfied and go away, should I?

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The simple answer: no

  • you cast a close vote against an appropriate category.
  • you can also then downvote.

Refer Should I answer off-topic questions?

If the question is likely to be migrated to another site, answer it.

  • Users who answer off topic questions will not be reprimanded. By the way. – Stefano Palazzo Nov 13 '15 at 14:56
  • ^ THAT is what I was hoping to hear. Thanks Stefano. – Daniel Nov 13 '15 at 14:59
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    @Daniel They won't, but then such people will be enabling useless users who can't be bothered about the quality of the site. – muru Nov 13 '15 at 16:17

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