Is it proper/accepted/correct etiquette to answer a question (for rep, bounty, etc.), but then flag it as a duplicate?
Or is this considered "gaming the system"?
This is just not good tact. By answering the question you break auto-forwarding, which means we have to go and delete your answer to repair auto-forwarding when a user clicks on the question from a search result they go directly to the duplicated question.
tl;dr this is a borderline scumbag steve move.