I've seen a number of off-topic questions recently which have answers from members with high reputations (e.g. not new users).
Here is one recent example, though I don't mean to pick on an individual.
When considering whether to ask this I did consider that bad questions can sometimes be saved by good answers, especially when somebody sees through language barriers or fundamental misconceptions (these are often excellent answers). I do not mean to question that situation.
However, it's clear this isn't a good question and in this case the person who answered also voted to close. I was the person who downvoted (after it was closed as off-topic) and I admit I did so out of frustration.
I doubt whether these answers encourage people to ask bad questions or set a precedent that they will be answered, but I wonder if it wouldn't be better to simply downvote/flag the question and move on.
Should we be answering off-topic questions?