I have the impression one loses brownie points when posting an answer to a question that will obviously be closed in short order.
Where should one draw the line in deciding whether to post an answer to a gray-area unsuitable question?
How bad it is to post an answer to an unsuitable question?
I tend to do it out of a desire to help the person out who asked the question. On the one hand, I'm helping the individual by answering the question; on the other hand, I'm apparently diluting the effectiveness of the site. How much of one, how much of the other?
As an example, please see comment: https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/361461/mexican-newspaper-el-tiempo-or-the-mexican-newspaper-el-tiempo/361463?noredirect=1#comment841182_361463
In this example, it is safe to ignore the fact that my answer was not well documented. That's a clear boo-boo but that's not what I'm asking about.
I'm also not asking whether you agree with @EdwinAshworth who commented that particular question should be closed. Assume for the sake of argument that it should, but that it wasn't obvious enough to be closed very quickly.