I 100% agree (also voted to re-open).
If you see a question and you think "Tsk, that's easy, I know the answer to that", the button to press is labelled
Post your answer, not
It's not just because what seems obvious to one person isn't obvious to another. Often, questions aren't as simple as they first look.
Suppose this had been left open, and someone posts a very short answer:
There are lots of lists available online. Here's one from Apple
[link], here's one from Wikipedia that has thumbnails [link].
That's useful for someone who didn't think to look there or chose search terms that don't lead there, and it took almost no time to write. It gets a green tick and an upvote or two. The asker benefits, the answerer benefits.
Then someone else comes along and comments:
Here's an even better list with high quality preview images, from a
lesser known site that doesn't rank highly on Google. It also has tickboxes for other OSes so you can instantly see which fonts have good coverage.
...and that page just got even more useful.
Then someone who has faced the exact same situation comes along, knowing that there's slightly more to it than this...
You can look at lists of fonts online, and that's a good start. But
there are two additional things you need to be aware of:
- There are subtle differences between how fonts render on different operating systems due to different approaches to anti-aliasing. Here's
a font that looks great on OSX but crusty on Windows [example]. Here's
a font that looks great on Windows but clunky and misshapen on OSX
[example]. A good way to test for these sorts of issues if you don't
have a device handy is an online screenshot-generating tool like [I
was going to say Browsersnaps, but it seems to have died]
- Apple sometimes create slightly different versions of fonts to what are distributed elsewhere. For example, the cut of Gill Sans on a Mac
has a bolder
than the cut you can buy on Windows. This is usually the case with
older fonts created in the pre-digital era where Apple digitised it from a non-digital source. If you're previewing your design in a fallback font on
Windows, it might be worth checking previews of the different weights
and forms (e.g. italic) you intend to use, to avoid surprises.
That's the beauty of sites like this. There are many cases where it seems a question is answered satisfactorily, then someone comes along and adds a great answer pointing out a whole extra layer of subtleties.
Don't assume you know everything and stand in that person's way.
It's arrogant to assume that your answer is the best possible. We've all had times when we thought we 100% answered a question, then someone surprised us with something better or some consideration we hadn't thought of.
I've chosen not to ask at least 10 questions in the last year, simply because I couldn't be bothered to deal with the constant battle with regular users
Yup. It's infuriating. We're actually one of the less-bad SE sites for close-happy-ness, but it's still enough to cause a problem.
For example, I didn't even think about joining the "post one non-software question a week" challenge, even though I like the idea, because I just don't enjoy feeling like a performing seal jumping through hoops so people who want to answer a question are allowed to do so. Software questions are the only questions I've asked that haven't attracted close votes. I ask non-software questions when I need to, and I'd like to ask more, but I wouldn't do it for fun because it's just not worth the "No soup for you!" factor.
The close system is valuable, but it gets mis-used a lot. This is a textbook example: we created this close reason for tech-support questions like "Photoshop crashed again, what's wrong?" or "How much RAM does InDesign need?", and this question is nothing like that. If you personally aren't interested in a (non-duplicate, on-topic) question, just leave it. Some designers still use fallback stacks and don't have a Mac handy. Let them answer it. Close the tab, not the question.