We explicitly prohibit questions regarding circumventing corporate IT policies, so questions such as the one about using an ssh tunnel to bypass a corporate egress firewall should not be answered, but just closed outright.
For my money, yes, it is; I've long felt it's shabby to both answer a bad question and vote for it to be closed.
That said, if I feel sorry for the questioner, particularly if it's clear they're way out of their depth in the sysadmin pool, I will sometimes put a hint or a pointer in a comment.
I disagree. The bar should be exactly as high as it is for everyone else. We're meant to be curating a corpus of high quality Q&A. If you let one class of user get away with low quality Q&A then you have to let other classes do the same (Broken Windows just like here).
The OPs self answer was basically I fixed the problem by reinstalling the ...
First, like on most SE sites, asking for product recommendations is off-topic here, so giving a product recommendation as the core of your answer should be avoided. Naturally, naming a product or tool in context isn't forbidden and sometimes quite helpful.
That aside, I believe that the SU guidelines are the optimal case, but I would hold our audience (...
Jeff's blog post provides good advice on this topic. Not just for questions, but also for answers.
Let’s say the question asker provided all that information. Fat chance, I know, but let’s pretend for a moment they did — and we were able to provide the perfect, ideal shopping recommendation to them. Even if that was the case, technology moves so rapidly ...
Honestly, um. Sometimes self-answers can be mock-worthy. I once parodied one to a friend as,
"Q: How do I put on my underwear?"
"A: Slit the crotch open with a razor blade and pull them over your head, then bend over and stitch the crotch back together."
(No link, because it's mean. But the user in question was last seen over a year ago, so if you're ...
The approach I generally use is as follows:
Will this question be useful to someone who I perceive as having the minimum amount of training for their job? (mistakes by those people pass this test)
Is the answer too specific to the environment in which it occurred?
These are signs that the entire Q&A needs to be junked. If these conditions are cleared, ...