Exit strategies for “chameleon questions”
Quick question about the handling of questions where the OP rewrites the question continually in response to answers that are posted - ie the question creeps from its original meaning.
The background is this question. I'm not posting out of sour grapes or anything (my answer got deleted - I fully get why - was only 20 rep anyhow!). Read on:
The original question had a particular issue, which got answered.
The OP has then amended his question with corrected code and asked about the next thing that was wrong. It looks like that went round a couple of times.
The problem with this is that it removes the original questions and answers, so that it's not there for others with similar issues. It also makes the original answers misleading (which is why they got deleted I guess).
While the original answers were simple in this case, in others those Qs and As might have helped someone else.
Is there a way this can be dealt with? I thought of the following possibilities (but not saying that any are right or wrong necessarily).
- Encourage the OP to ask a new question?
- Show some sort of history?
- An option to flag that the question is creeping so that some other action can be taken?
- Notify answerers when questions get amended (possibly within a sensible timeframe) so that they have the opportunity to re-answer?