This question recently had an answer posted to it that came up in the first post queue, (which I've screencapped in case it's deleted in the meantime) which simply states:
This is a place-holding answer, just in case this thread accidentally gets closed. - araucaria
I haven't acted on this queue item.
I guess there are questions to be asked about this behaviour:
- Are such answers acceptable?
I can't recall seeing anything like this on ELL recently, but I don't know whether I'm just too new to the stack to be familiar with it. Does it appear on other stacks?
- Are we gaining a reputation (whether justified or not) for too quickly closing questions (whether justified or not)?
This kind of reputation is no doubt harmful and detrimental to the organic supply of high-quality questions and answers. Is is something that we're becoming known for? We've had other threads about whether we're closing too quickly
- Should we be answering questions that are of dubious quality?
My instinctive answer to this, based on nothing more than my own sentiment and experience, is that we ought not to be encouraging low-quality questions with answers, no matter how tempting it is to do it for the reputation. Doing it solely to assist a fellow human? Probably more acceptable, but again, I'm not sure.
What do we think?
Also, I'm not sure whether these should all be separate questions, which we can certainly do; but I think they're related to each other enough so that for now, I'm comfortable posting it as one.