Please don't take this as a personal attack if you've done this before. I think the "Calvin and Hobbes" thing is sort-of-funny too. I just don't think it's an appropriate response to off-topic questions.
There is a new (to me) tendency for people to post irrelevant "answers" to off-topic programming questions that are asked here on Meta, usually in the form of a "Calvin and Hobbes" comic strip with a brief sentence above it.
To me, this breaks the general rule that one should assume people have good intentions until one has definitive proof otherwise. I'm sure many people posting programming questions on Meta are question-banned on SO and trying to get around it. But we can't know for sure unless they say so (even mods don't know when someone's under a question ban).
Some of these askers are just legitimately mistaken, and to those people I'm sure this is a bit embarrassing (or downright harsh). Especially coming from high-rep users.
The programming questions cause little disruption. They are almost immediately downvoted off the front page (score of -8), closed, and deleted. Rarely, if ever, is Meta "cluttered with offtopic programming questions" (quote from the Stack Apps description). The most recent occurrence I noticed (10k link) actually elicited an inappropriate comment from the OP after the comic was posted. That's certainly not what we want.
Can we, as a community, please just quit doing this? There's no need to make a spectacle of these questions. They are quickly taken care of, and warrant no additional response. There is no need to put a funny hat on trash that needs to go in the garbage.
What do you all think? Should the comic-strip-answers stay, or go?