We recently had this question from a new user asking for the explanation of an abbreviation. It sparked a long comment discussion about whether it should be closed or not, and whether it is worth to be asked or not.
Most users agreed that the abbreviation could be looked up directly either in the dictionary the user used or with Google. Additionally, the question itself was a one-liner merely stating he saw it on dict.cc and wanted to know what it meant.
Other uses said that this type of question was OK, because it's not immediately obvious to a non-native what an abbreviation means and where to look for a list of ones — especially since the link to that list on the site in question was an abbreviation (Abk.) itself.
The question attracted a correct, but extremely low-quality answer (link plus one-line explanation what was to be found in the link), which somehow managed to attact a handful of upvotes. The asker stated in a comment that the amount of upvotes prove the answer to be high-valued and therefore the question to be valued and needed — a point I highly disagree with. The answer has since been edited and turned into something a lot better; not by the answerer himself but by a more experienced user.
In ‘response’, a high-reputation user asked an equivalent question about a different abbreviation. This was quickly locked.
It was then brought to my attention that the abbreviation tag would contain more questions of the same type, explicitly stating that a question asking for Abb. be the highest upvoted question in that tag. While at least providing context and a quote, I believe it to be a question that does not deserve that many upvotes. Most other questions with that tag are either something totally different, asking for the (official) abbreviation of a word (as opposed to the meaning of an abbreviation) or have very low votes.
It might also be interesting to note, that the first question dealt with a typical dictionary abbreviation (ugs., Engl. coll.), while the second question was about a general-use abbreviation (usw., Engl. etc.).
How do we want to deal with this type of questions and also with low quality answers that they might attract?
If a low quality answer gains a high amount of upvotes (like this one), is there anything we want to do about this (aside from maybe acknowledge its existence)?