Check out these two recent questions:
- https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/questions/129497/looking-for-advice-about-my-employment-salary-situation (now deleted)
The text of the first question has been replaced by the OP to "Please delete thanks". In this instance OP cannot delete the question himself because there is an answer to it. The answer starts by saying:
This is off-topic for Programmers, but I'll give you my advice:
The second question is a wall of text, story of OP's life type of question. It's still open at the time I'm writing this, but if not improved it will be closed. There's also an answer to it that appeared after a comment clearly pointed out the (obvious) problems with the question.
Strictly speaking, we shouldn't try to answer obviously off topic questions, as discussed in this earlier meta question. For question (1) the answerer even acknowledged the question was off topic, and I fail to see any point to the answer whatsoever, other than rep-farming.
For question (2) it's a little bit more complicated. There's a core question in there that might even be a good question for StackOverflow. I can't blame an answerer for going for it, if (s)he truly believes the answer will be migrated. But there are all sorts of wrong with the question and chances are it will be closed very soon and the answer is NOT one that would fly well on StackOverflow.
Now I've personally answered quite a few extremely low hanging fruits, I'm no stranger to rep-farming and I don't really have any problem with answerers. But to me, both questions were obviously at the very low end of the quality spectrum, and I'd prefer it if people refrain from answering those, especially with casual answers (i.e. short, without facts and references).
For question (1) the OP lost the ability to delete his post because of the casual answer, and now we have a question that says "please delete" and a judgement call for a moderator/10K users, as deleting the question will also delete a positively voted answer.
I'm fully aware that answers can be updated as well, and that several of us opt to answer fast and improve later, and I hope that's the case with these two answers. If not, please don't post answers on obviously off topic / bad questions, especially casual ones.
Thoughts? Arguments? Cookies?
The first question and one or possibly more answers on the second one were deleted. although that's more of a guess, as the current answers where posted as is (no edits) and wouldn't have sparked that post.