I have a specific situation for which I require the input of the community before I take action, because I am not confident enough in my evaluation of the situation to take the appropriate action.

I answered Auto Copy & Paste specific columns depending on ComboBox value about 2 weeks ago, but the OP of the question has now edited the question so many times, my answer no longer makes sense, in fact he integrated my answer into the question and now is asking about another problem.

From Exit strategies for "chameleon questions", I am aware that the normal actions for such situations are:

  1. Rollback the Edit
  2. Leave a Comment to the OP to explain
  3. Delete my answer
  4. Edit my answer to match the new question.

However, this user has been known to do this same exact thing previously, in fact NullPointerException while reading txt file was also converted to CW because he edited too many times.

I've already done step #2, I left a comment to try to explain, but I'm at a loss on how to handle this. I don't really want to edit my answer to address his new problem as I don't want to encourage this activity, so I'm left with trying to decide whether to delete my answer or rollback his edit so my answer is within the scope of the question.

I would appreciate the input of some more experienced users on how I should handle this specific case? And possibly offer some guidelines on how to make this decision in the future.

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    So how is this not a dupe of the 'how to deal with Chameleon questions' post? Commented Nov 28, 2013 at 15:13
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    Sorry, but how isn't it a duplicate? You have a chameleon question and you are looking for a strategy to deal with it. Looks perfectly duplicate-y to me.
    – Mołot
    Commented Nov 28, 2013 at 15:14
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    Your post is a text-book example of a duplicate Meta question. Commented Nov 28, 2013 at 15:14
  • it feels like I am trying to take this a step further because I have already dealt with this user before. He has been told not to edit his questions but he still does that. I know I will not help in the future but I dont want to be receiving downvotes for an answer that was valid originally. This is unfair toward me as I have taken the time to read and help. There should be a moderator or system in place that would sort these types of issues. Like I said I want to know if I should roll-back the question to the original state or delete my answer?
    – user221081
    Commented Nov 28, 2013 at 15:17
  • @mehow well, in such case just flag and let moderators deal with that user. They can send him official warning then suspend him if he refuse to follow the rules. Commented Nov 28, 2013 at 15:19
  • sorry If I have been unclear I have pointed out my specific question
    – user221081
    Commented Nov 28, 2013 at 15:20
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    Answer: meta.stackexchange.com/a/130630/147191.
    – TRiG
    Commented Nov 28, 2013 at 15:21
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    Sorry but question itself still looks dupe to me. And for users who do the same offence again and again, there is only one answer: flag for moderator's attention.
    – Mołot
    Commented Nov 28, 2013 at 15:22
  • I have quoted the Chameleon case as the first sentence, so I do realize its related! it's not a dupe because I have a specific question related to this specific case. There is no point to send a link to the Exit strategies as I am already aware of that! If you haven't already noticed I have left the OP a comment about editing his questions and changing the meaning.
    – user221081
    Commented Nov 28, 2013 at 15:24
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    @mehow the reason for the dup is so we don't have the same post asking the same thing over and over again. The answers are in the answers of that question. You have to decide how to best handle this, but if the OP here is a serial "chameleon" then flagging is probably your only outlet. Commented Nov 28, 2013 at 15:24
  • And here... meta.stackexchange.com/questions/188625/…
    – Gayot Fow
    Commented Nov 28, 2013 at 15:25
  • Id appreciate a constructive answer from a more experienced user than me explaining which of the two options I selected would be better in terms of moderation.
    – user221081
    Commented Nov 28, 2013 at 15:27
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    @mehow Tried to edit the question to reflect what I think you were trying to say. I think the specific case is unique enough that it might require a different answer. If I put too many words into your mouth, feel free to edit or rollback. Commented Nov 28, 2013 at 15:49
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    I'm not a 10K user, but if a question substantially changes meaning, I have no hesitation in rolling back without consulting a higher-rep user; such edits are plainly unfair to people who have already answered. I'll usually add a note to assuage hurt feelings, since 99% of the time, the OP just hasn't thought about it, rather than trying to inconvenience readers.
    – halfer
    Commented Nov 28, 2013 at 15:57
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    essentially, behavior of the asker can be considered an abuse of rate-limiting: they use single post to ride a series of questions through it - this sets a bad example for users willing to circumvent existing limitation, see Is there a limit on how many questions I can ask? and Why are we limited to six questions per day?
    – gnat
    Commented Dec 4, 2013 at 10:17