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TL;DR - Should answers to opinion-based questions be upvoted?


Afternoon,

I am a little concerned with the number of off-topic questions that slip through currently, obviously, this is a growing exchange so it's inevitable these numbers will rise; however what I am more concerned about is the following.

If a question is seeking product recommendation or is opinion based, should answers really be upvoted? (I've had this happen to myself I am not blaming people) but surely upvoting those answers is just going to encourage the user that this is acceptable behaviour, etc.

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    I'm not sure what we can do about it if the answers are upvoted though. In general, we should not engage (or answer) off-topic questions. – schroeder Jun 15 '18 at 22:27
  • I guess my thought would be downvote them? However the more I think about it that is not fair on the user because they might've written a good answer. Yeah, it's a bit of a... No-win situation a little I guess. – J.J Jun 15 '18 at 22:51
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    Downvoting a good answer to a less than optimal question seems harsh. We want good answers. – schroeder Jun 16 '18 at 8:23
  • Yeah precisely @schroeder that's what I was thinking it wouldn't be fair on the user. – J.J Jun 16 '18 at 12:29
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    I agree with @schroeder, but I should also point out that sometimes (rarely) an offtopic question is saved by a really good answer. – AviD Jun 17 '18 at 8:10

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