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Not all questions are worth an answer or to be preserved, but nevertheless should be solved. Just think of the syntactic errors, like missing braces, where the solution will help no one else. Or sometimes the OP reports him/herself to have solved the problem, somehow. What's wrong is to give as reason "because solved in comments". I fully agree that this is no reason. Instead it should be something like "syntactic error" or "unclear". Or, as Clemens points out, there should be a real answer, if there is any chance that someone else with the same problem will stumble across the post. – gernot yesterday

prompts this question from me:

If the question is really a one-off typo that no one else will encounter (or find this question if they do) should we answer (perhaps in a comment) and suggest that the OP delete the question when satisfied with the answer? Perhaps if the OP is a newbie, thank him/her for asking.

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    I think it would be appropriate. Answering, thanking for posting here and asking to delete the question sounds like a good sequence. Probably there will also some reviewer who can't wait and will close it as off-topic, but your version would be friendly ;)
    – TeXnician
    Apr 16 '17 at 15:53
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    I don't see anything wrong with closing a question What is wrong with tableofcotnents? Leave a comment that there are infinite questions of that type and we can't keep them all. The user will be happy the issue is fixed.
    – Johannes_B
    Apr 17 '17 at 7:57
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    Helping the user should be highest priority. If a question gets closed or deleted (or stays unanswered for years) is just for the statistics of the site and less important.
    – Johannes_B
    Apr 17 '17 at 7:58
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    IIRC typos are off-topic by convention.
    – cgnieder
    Apr 18 '17 at 9:42
  • IMO there is no such thing as “a one-off typo that no one else will encounter”. If one person can make a typo, another person can make the same one too; the possibility exists. So IMO they should be treated as actual questions and answered (however trivial the answer); it may help someone else in future. Apr 24 '17 at 8:46
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    @ShreevatsaR As there is an infinite amount of ways to misspell \tableofcontents .... I don't see the point. Add a comment pointing out where exactly the typo is. Maybe we should have a Q/A explaining what undefined control sequesnce means.
    – Johannes_B
    Apr 27 '17 at 13:44
  • People shuold never maek tpyos... Apr 30 '17 at 13:54

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