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I have seen several instances of this over the last week and wanted to get a viewpoint from the higher-ups. This question addresses the corollary to this enquiry

Please consider the following prototypical (context free) thread...

Question Title:  How to make my doodlies fit?
Text:  I can't make all my doodlies fit, can anyone help?

Answer: Move some of them over there.
Comment:  WOW! that really worked!  But now I have humpers 
          on the carumpers!  How to fix that?

In essence, the person got 'unstuck' and proceeded with his project only to encounter the next problem that appeared on his awareness horizon. And this is sometimes in a completely new area all together, hence the 'Russian Doll' metaphor. I have left indicative commentary, but this seems to be ineffective.

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marked as duplicate by juergen d, Kate Gregory, Aza, Taryn, hims056 Jul 12 '13 at 17:46

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    I love your name for those questions; perfect! – Andrew Barber Jul 12 '13 at 17:31
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    New tag? [matryoshka] – user7116 Jul 12 '13 at 17:45
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    Thanks guys! I had read the other question but had it that 'chameleon' would be a user who used one account to ask and another to answer because that's consistent with the 'chameleon' metaphor in real life. But the answer is you have to pull the plug on the Russian Dolls and tell them to ask a new question. Per Doorknob's reply below. And I HOPE lots of people upvote the new tag idea! – Gayot Fow Jul 12 '13 at 19:51
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    I love the term matryoshka question. I do wonder if the term "onion question" would have covered the same concept? – Walter Mitty Jul 12 '13 at 20:16
  • An example of this that nearly anyone reading this will understand is the basic "Russian Doll" PC helpdesk support game. "Help, my computer won't boot!" (fix) "Thanks, but now I can't print!" (fix) "Thanks, but it prints all blurry and crap!" (fix) "Thanks, but the margins are, like, huge, please make them smaller (cry). Why are computers so hard?" (fix) "Wait, can you help me connect to the office printer downstairs? I think I used to have the address...." (tear hair out, start new career in home health support). – Robert Columbia Nov 3 '16 at 11:58
  • @WalterMitty: I'm not so fond of neither term. It implies we are gradually closing in on an innermost core. How about nomadic question, journey question, hop-on/hop-off question, or something similar or maybe even iceberg question? – O. R. Mapper Nov 29 '16 at 12:45
  • I would suggest that onion question implies there is no core to home in on. – Walter Mitty Nov 29 '16 at 14:09
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Tell the user to ask a new question. There should be only one question per... well, question, and you are by no means obligated to answer his tens of followup questions if you post an answer to the user's original question.

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    Thanks for the straight-up reply, Doorknob. – Gayot Fow Jul 12 '13 at 19:47
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    In particular, the follow-up comments (unless clarifying the answer) need to be as well researched as the original question. – djechlin Apr 16 '14 at 17:51

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