"What is the relationship between land grants & titles?" has two answers, but was closed as "too broad". I respect the closure and am not asking for a re-open, but for a discussion of our cultural norms. Should we close questions that have answers? One could argue that even if the question is too broad, if someone has been able to answer the question, and the answer has been upvoted, that we should keep the question open. Particularly when the OP is a new user, although that might be a separate discussion?
@LangLangC points out an implication I'd missed:
closed Q has an (imo terrible) A. That can now not be 'corrected' with competing As anymore. Site dynamics predict that the terrible A will get way more UVs than DVs, distorting the SEmodel for quality. I'd thought about vote-ban on closed Qs & their As (not implemented) or rigorous deletions (also problematic).
Should we have a cultural norm to avoid close votes on questions with (quality - at least one upvote) answers?
This should not result in a hard/fast rule; I'm suggesting a cultural norm - a recognition that if we see an answer that isn't heinous, we think twice before hitting the "close" button. (hat tip to @T.E.D for clarity in the question).
I've seen questions get an "answer" that's actually a detailed explanation of why the question is poor. The question gets closed but the answer still gets upvotes. This is fine with me, and I see no reason to avoid close votes in that case.
I think in many cases this is correct. Often this takes the form of an implicit or explicit frame challenge, and I think it helps when the problem is an XY question. But in the general case, I believe the current consensus is to devote the effort to revising the question - and that is probably even more important with a new user.