The recent question "What to do if I am sick and can't drive myself home?" has received many answers. One such answer suggests that the OP take public transportation. Based on the OP's description of their illness and commute in the question and in comments, public transportation is very clearly not an option for them. However, one user commented on the answer (emphasis mine)
I think we don't need to get worked up over this answer, although the tone of the answer does contribute to that. Question asked for other options to consider, and this certainly is an option. It may not work for the OP but it may work for others. (Yeah, remember, we want our site to serve the general audience, not just the OP.)
We should also avoid getting fixated on a specific example given in the question. A couple of years ago, I tripped and fell down from a staircase at work, and hurt my back and knee. I had to go home immediately, but I certainly could not operate the pedals in that state, so taking public transport is a useful option. (Yeah, I still have to manage limping to the bus stop.) It is another matter that I use public transport anyway to commute to work, so I did not have to deal with the "can't drive, now what?"
Is this practice acceptable here? To me it seems counter-intuitive; if an answer is clearly not suitable for the OP from the outset, then it should not be considered. I do recognize that we want our answers to be useful to many people, not just the OP, but if it doesn't even apply to the question being asked then it's not relevant at all. The only place I could see this type of answer as acceptable is in a comprehensive answer which gives multiple options, including some that do apply to the OP.
What are your thoughts? Are answers like this acceptable, or should they be downvoted and deleted for not answering the question?