On certain occasions people will ask questions wherein they lay their own perception of what went wrong.
The user is then notified through comments that the question is misplaced and that it is better to post a new question, with correct assumptions. I have not experienced this a lot, but most recently in: https://tex.stackexchange.com/q/40511/7049 where the user thought that the question was related to something that had nothing to do with it.
This was very legit, however, the answer to the question was in an entirely different subject. The user correctly posted a new question to which the answer was given: References in externalized pgfplots.
Notice that this has nothing to do with conceptually wrong implementations of software, but mainly that their assumptions on the error is wrong.
This yields the old question obsolete, and in some cases misleading as there is no answer and that any other finder of the question needs to read the comment in order to figure out that they are on the wrong track.
The moderators had closed the wrong question as being too localized, however, I find the question as wrong, and in best case will only lead people to a dead end.
I posted this as question here: Remove questions which are wrong. Where I was guided to SO meta.
So the questions are:
- How does the search engine deal with these kind of questions, closed, but still not classified as erroneous in assumptions?
- At the moment a link to the wrong question pops up in the related window of the correct question, albeit at the bottom. However, is it down-prioritised when people search for such keywords?
- Should there/is there a policy to edit the question and describe the problem of the question? So that people who find the question is told that the problem does not reside in what is being described?
- Should it instead be deleted?