At first sight, it appears that our policy on changing question meanings would discourage editing this question, because it already has a valuable answer. But is that still true when the question is off-topic, thus displaying a banner that asks readers to "please edit the question"?

  • If not, we should have an alternative version off the off-topic banner, that omits the edit request – to be used when there is already a valuable answer.
    – Adám
    Commented Oct 23, 2014 at 16:53
  • The same was true of this question and this answer (especially first edit). See my comment there.
    – MTL
    Commented Oct 24, 2014 at 0:40

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In my opinion, no, it doesn't still hold true in such a case. A closed question is one that should have no answers. (In an ideal world, it would be closed before it got answered.) It should indeed be edited to be brought on-topic (or, if it's not editable to be brought on-topic, should be deleted or have an historical lock put on it), and any no-longer-on-point answers can (and should) then be edited to reflect the change to the question, or deleted. (Ideally, edit the question so it's on-topic and so any good answers remain answers to the new question. But that won't always be possible.)


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