An ID question was recently posted with a vague, first hit on Google description, and self answered immediately with a copy paste Wikipedia answer without detailing or addressing anything in the question text. The only reason I can think of this being done is for abusing rep gain. The asker does not have a genuine need for this question and this prevents others from participating. As ID questions are already of limited use for others, why is this being upvoted?
Generally I don't like this because ID requests are self serving. Rarely do 2 users have the same recollection and there is no grantee that how a self answered ID Request is asked is going to found by anyone else looking for the same title (especially when it's easily google-able the asker is just being lazy).
@SreeCharan All part of my cunning plan. If you know the answer to a bad ID question then rather than answering in the comments (which is a no-no) ask a good version of the question and answer it yourself. The site quality is improved and it allows the asker of the bad question to find his answer.
Though honestly I'd rather see low effort ID Requests sent to oblivion it does make some sense because then rather than other (new) users seeing crap id requests they see much better ones and hopefully try and put some extra effort.
As you said though it is sorta gaming the system so to eliminate that so that it really is for the good of the site
Flag the question for a mod to manually make into a community wiki
In the past, questions could be made community wiki by their authors or by certain automatic triggers but now the only means is by a moderator converting it to community wiki. When a moderator converts a question to community wiki, all existing answers will also be converted in addition to converting future answers
This way no one is getting rep.
- you can also make the answer a community wiki from the start. you gain less rep for question upvotes so it'll be seen less gaming by giving up almost 2/3s of the rep you could be getting while you wait for the mods (though quite sure you still loose all rep from the question+answer anyway)
Vote the original bad question as a duplicate of the community wiki question.
If the asker of the original question says it's not a duplicate (wrong movie/series title) then it up to them to improve the question with more details to prove it's not a duplicate. This hopefully will have them improve the question.
Since my name has come up.
I am assuming that the OP here was, in fact, referring to my self-answered ID question (as others have assumed) so I'll address a few of the comments from the OP's points.
The original terrible question was in the process of being closed (it lasted nearly 40 minutes before being mod-hammered) and was attracting answers in comments.
As for the answer-comments, see the Meta Discussion: Answer comments are getting a bit out of hand for more information
Those answer-comments have been flagged and deleted under this 'policy'.
My Q & A was posted 2 days later...not immediately as has been stated, in fact I deliberately delayed posting in case the OP of the other question came back and improved it.
Since SE is intended to be a resource of quality Q&A I saw no harm in having the Q&A be found by a Google search on M&TV rather than some other site and so created the offending self-answered question.
The only reason I can think of this being done is for abusing rep gain.
"Don't assume malice" - I've stated my reasons, in fact I'd mentioned the idea in the meta discussion linked previously.
I confess I hadn't really considered any potential rep gained as abuse but I can see how, in isolation, it can be (and apparently has been) perceived that way.
Community Wiki isn't intended to disavow/deny rep and so I did not, at the time, consider it appropriate to utilise this option.
However, since the reception to this question seems, erm, divided, I have now made it a CW answer.
Whether I'll try this experiment again I don't know. It seems to me to check off a number of positives which I've covered before but apparently those don't outweigh the implied negatives.
Live & Learn. :)