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?
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.