I've recently answered this question: Excel Formula Query - IF/OR/AND very shortly:
And received the comment:
Can you add an explanation to this? SU is looking for long answers with details about why it answers the question. Just giving a single line answer doesn't benefit the community as a whole.
I agree with the comment - in general. However I've some doubts
- Many users are coming to the site just to ask one question, grabs the answer and forget the site. I've the feeling that even if I would write very nice explanation he wouldn't have read it. (There is a more general, better quality answer to the same question, but still my, "instant" one is accepted, requiring less work of the brain).
- It's really a trivial question, anybody not being able to solve it, will probably also won't find this here, will just ask a similar question again; so I think writing a brilliant answer here, wouldn't really increase the knowledge collected here at SU.
So I prefer to invest minimal effort to these questions, and of course I'm very happy to add explanation if being asked by somebody who needs it.
How should I handle these type of questions?
That comment was very useful for me to warn that my idea may not be the same as the community's one. (so I don't have any problem with the comment, the question isn't whether the comment is right or not, but what should be the best practice for answering).