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While checking out the review interface today, I happened upon this original question written by this user that eventually led me to this second question.

I flagged the original question as too localized (although I'm not really sure that was the right flag for the situation), but I'm here because of the second question.

I really feel like this is a grey-area situation. This user has (ostensibly) edited the solution to his/her question into the question itself. Editing that would fall outside the bounds of the valid edits -- at least as I understand them. I don't have edit privileges, but even if I did: what's the right way to "fix" the problem in the second question? Should I:

  1. Suggest an edit to the accepted answer, and suggest an edit to the question as well?
  2. Leave a comment for the original author and hope that he/she acts on my comment?
  3. Flag the question? If yes, what flag is applicable in this situation?

I left a comment, changed my mind, deleted that comment, and started to flag for ♦ moderator attention. However, I know the moderators are swamped...so I'm here to (likely) spend moderator time anyway.

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I closed both questions as too localized.

If the OP had followed the Question/Answer format instead of treating the site like a forum, I might have been able to shuffle things around a bit and make it work. But it's a dog's breakfast as it is.

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Understood. So, flagging questions like these is ultimately the right response? –  jwiscarson Dec 15 '11 at 16:23
    
Yes. When you leave a flag on questions like this, it's OK to just leave a description of the problem, or simply say "I don't really know what's going on here," and a mod will figure it out. –  Robert Harvey Dec 15 '11 at 16:23
    
+1 for "dog's breakfast". –  Kalamane Dec 15 '11 at 18:37

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