Bruce Charlton writes:
“Q: Is asking questions good or bad?
A: Neither: it depends on the reason for asking.
I can perceive that the skeptical and questioning stance is a reaction to the amount of nonsense and dishonesty in the world; but it is the wrong answer.
What we should do about nonsense and dishonesty is ignore them[.]
“The proper motivation for questioning is not from skepticism but from belief.
The essence of proper questioning happens when we question authorities that we trust, to discover more concerning that which we believe.”
I think there is a corollary to this: the essence of proper answering happens when we answer people who trust us, and who are asking to discover more concerning that which they believe. Otherwise, the best tactic for the would-be answerer – as Charlton notes in the case of the questioner above – is probably to ignore the questions.