Consider the following situation:

  • A user asks a question
  • Someone leaves a comment below the question saying there's a typo in the code
  • The OP sees the comment and edits the question to correct the typo, thus making the question invalid
  • The OP comments below saying that the problem was resolved successfully

These are the options I see:

  • Rollback the edit
  • Close the question for not demonstrating a minimal understanding of the problem being solved
  • Downvote the question and move on to the next
  • Flag it for moderator attention saying it should be deleted

If we let the question remain, people may answer it, but OP already got their issue resolved -- and from a community point of view, the question doesn't really add much value. So what should be done in such cases?

Note: I've already seen Editing questions to fix incorrect code but that doesn't really address this issue. If there is a different question that I missed, please let me know in the comments


Typo questions are rarely useful for future visitors.

Vote to close the question; pick either:

  • Off-Topic -> Other -> and fill in "because it is a simple typo, and this question is not helpful to future visitors".

or use

  • Off-Topic -> "Minimal understanding"

if the code was entirely missing but you managed to debug purely from the textual description or error message (go psychic debugging!).

  • You'll generally want to prefer 'other' in these cases, 'minimal' understanding is meant more for write this for me or look at this giant wall of code and tell me why it doesn't work sort of questions. That said, I kind of miss the 'no longer relevant' option we used to have way back when. – Tim Post Nov 6 '13 at 19:34
  • @TimPost: Indeed; qualified it it a little. – Martijn Pieters Nov 6 '13 at 21:06

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