I see ads to other SE sites regularly on the sidebar of SO.
Are these questions chosen by hand, or algorithmically?
The reason I ask is that there was an ad pointing to this question on Seasoned Advice.
I'm all for a good laugh I suppose, but is this the kind of question that should be highlighted? It's obviously a thriving community, but if this were my first exposure to that community, and I saw that the highest-rated answer -- from the user with the highest reputation -- was (and I paraphrase only lightly):
"Why yes, there is tool that can cut cherry tomatoes in half. It's fantastic for the job. It's called a freakin' KNIFE!"
would I ever want to visit again, let alone ask a question over there?
First impressions count for a lot, and that one missed the mark IMHO.
If the selection method is algorithmic, I suppose there's no reliable way to detect sarcasm in a highly-rated answer, but if it's manual, weeeellllllllll ... :)