There's a question I may be able to answer on SuperUser, however the question is not clear enough to be sure that my answer would actually help the original poster.
Other users expressed confusion and asked for clarification in their comment on the question. As a new user on SuperUser (1 reputation), I can not add my comment on the question. If I could, I would have suggested a better way to phrase the question.
Not being able to comment, my next thought was to suggest an edit. That edit would be significant and could, if I'd misinterpreted the question, change the meaning of the question, in violation of one of the How to Edit instructions:
clarify meaning without changing it
The related question Are answers that guess at an answer, given a bad question, a good idea? offers some advice, basically, to answer if I'm 90% confident that it would suit the question. That might work well for error messages; it does not with this Excel question.
My guess is that this kind of question comes from the wish from new users to provide an useful answer and get some reputation, while avoiding wasting time and getting downvoted by chasing the wrong goose. Right now, this situation is stressful and frustrating. I think it'll wear off after some time.
As a side note: I tried to ask this question on Meta.SuperUser and could not, since asking a question on Meta requires at least 5 reputation. That seems weird to me: isn't Meta also supposed to guide new users?