We have a question that recently hit the "Hot Network Questions" list for the Stack Exchange platform.
If you're not familiar with this list, it is displayed on the right side of the screen, and highlights popular questions across different SE sites. It has, in general, been very kind to us when we wind up with a question appearing on it; we almost always notice that we've been featured after an unusual increase in activity and new visitors draws our attention to it.
In particular, the question is: "what [is] the healthiest, smartest, most sensical means of teaching him to either not raise the toilet seat or to at least return it to closed?".
The hot answer is essentially "Just teach your kids to make sure the seat is where they need it to be so that they can do what they need to do, and leave it at that."
This is, essentially, disagreeing with the premise: "How do I teach him to put down the seat?" and "Don't, that's the wrong thing to teach".
The important quote from the top-voted meta answer:
Most importantly, it is never appropriate to post an answer that does not directly answer the question asked.
This answer also touches upon a related meta discussion: How to combat soapboxing?. The answer is seems to be soapboxing to me: "Am I the only person who thinks that it's entirely trivial for the next person to use the toilet to correct the seat position for their needs?"
The suggested action for this is "Downvote and explain why".
Yet in this case, the answer is receiving a tremendous amount of upvotes. Presumably many of those upvotes are from people not familiar with our community. As I mentioned in the comments:
Honestly, I think we're seeing a bunch of guys who just are tired of being reminded to put down the seat when they're done.
Maybe this is a harsh or unfair assessment, but I really question how many of the votes the answer is receiving are due to people with parenting expertise honestly feeling that that is a good strategy to take as a parent.
So what, if anything, should be done here?
I'm going to downvote the answer. Is that sufficient, or does the community feel that stronger action is needed?