I asked the question: "How do we know complete liberation from dukkha is possible?" a few hours ago. On it, I've seen two answers that look (at least to me) as if they are answering by questioning my motivation for asking in the first place.
Is that kind of answers acceptable?
As far as I know, this site is not a place for preaching, and this kind of answers seems like a kind of indirect preach (because I don't feel that such questions are asked to make more precise and clear the OP).
I'm not saying that the advice given isn't useful or well-intended, because I think it is: under buddhist criteria, letting go is a really good advice, instead of mere "brain-masturbation" about philosophical questions that could only lead to vexation and proliferation. I agree on that.
But in my specific post, I'm not asking for advice for myself. If the ones advicing (if that's what they are doing in their answers, and if I'm misunderstanding) want to know about purpose of my question: I was trying to gain some perspective on the issue mentioned in the OP in order to have better informed answers in the future, specifically for people with inclination for philosophical discussion. If I were to say to him "let go, stop that brain-masturbation" to his question (on my justification on my conviction on Nibbana), that would not help him, or could even be counterproductive.
I know the above given information about my motivation is irrelevant and beyond the point of this general question on meta. I just wanted to inform you.
What should be done in these cases? Should this kind of answers be critized, discouraged and/or downvoted? Are they ok and they are allowed as one of the recommended ways to answer a question? Am I misunderstading those answers?
I'd appreciate any indication on this matter.
Thanks in advance for your time!