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Today I noticed this question posted, ZendFramework comments box, which looked familiar and on checking the user I found the exact same question posted earlier Zend Framework comments box.

As you can see I had a bit of a chat in comments trying to point him in the right direction (after flagging as a dup). I thought I was getting somewhere when he told me he had restructured the question. I expected to see an edit on the original question, but found this instead! ZendFramework, using same variable twice causing null value

Apparently its not the same question if you change the title.

Should I give up on him?

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I really don't get the point of this question. If you're tired of dealing with him, stop dealing with him. If you want to keep helping, go for it. What else is there? –  Michael Mrozek Apr 23 '12 at 14:30
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Well, how far do you want to go? Of course you're required to be polite, and providing assistance to new users is the right thing to do, but there is no mandated level of hand-holding. That would be silly. –  lunboks Apr 23 '12 at 14:32
    
I just needed to vent :) I've done all I can. –  vascowhite Apr 23 '12 at 14:34
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up vote 7 down vote accepted

Keep explaining and flagging (till utter frustration sets in - at this point just let go).

Some users don't seem to want to understand how to work within the SE framework - if the user continues with this behavior, their posts will get flagged over and over and the moderators will resort to banning them.

Apart from trying to educate such users (and flagging their posts), there isn't much one can do.

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Don't forget our friend the question-ban if he accumulates too many downvoted/deleted questions. –  Time Traveling Bobby Apr 23 '12 at 14:29
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@Kobobby - I'm eagerly awaiting the forthcoming "Help, I'm getting sorry, we're no longer accepting ..." question on meta. –  Flexo Apr 23 '12 at 15:53
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