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Etiquette for Russian Doll Questions [duplicate]

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 ...
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How to deal with questions that change [duplicate]

Sometimes, we give a correct answer to a question, and then later, the OP changes the question, so that the answer does not match the question any more. Later, some careless readers come in and vote ...
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How persistent should I be when answering questions? [duplicate]

This had been troubling me for quite some time. I use Stack Overflow mainly for answering questions and learning through them, rather than asking my own. I try hard to help the question askers until ...
Boris Strandjev's user avatar
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1 answer
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"This answer is no longer consistent with the current version of the question." [duplicate]

After giving an answer to this question, the author edited the question. Now my answer doesn't apply and I received a comment from another user that it isn't consistent anymore. The author is most ...
Alexandru Barbarosie's user avatar
9 votes
1 answer
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What to do when a user radically changes their own question? [duplicate]

I'm looking at the revision history for this question, which was closed as off-topic a few days ago. Just a few minutes ago, the OP radically revised it; it doesn't even resemble the original question ...
elixenide's user avatar
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Just one more thing [duplicate]

This is getting old, sometimes I answer a Q and it feels like doing tech support for my uncle or neighbor. You know, they call every few days with "one more thing". Case: Reset a list using jQuery ...
000's user avatar
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How to let a questioner know when they are requesting too much [duplicate]

I have seen it in a couple of places, and am now encountering this currently on a question I have answered. The thing I'm seeing is that the user asking the question is further adding to the question, ...
Mike Guthrie's user avatar
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What should I do when I want to add additional questions or scenario to my question? [duplicate]

For example, let's say I've asked a question like this: "If I've broken my arms, what should I do?" Someone answered "If you have money, you may go to the clinic." In fact, the answer-er have ...
Michael W.'s user avatar
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What to do when your answer is invalidated by a significant change to the question? [duplicate]

I just answered a question on Stack Overflow here. If you look at the history of the question my answer stands OK. But now the OP has changed the question due to some unknown reasons. Due to which ...
Rahul Tripathi's user avatar
4 votes
1 answer
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Handling creeping questions [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Exit strategies for “chameleon questions” Quick question about the handling of questions where the OP rewrites the question continually in response to answers that ...
Jon Egerton's user avatar
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Answer to question reveals 'new' bug => New question? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: The Help Vampire problem Exit strategies for “chameleon questions” I just answered a question, and I got a response from the OP along these lines: "I forgot, ...
ArjunShankar's user avatar
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If a question is modified is it proper to respond to the essentially new question with a new answer [duplicate]

There is a question that was clarified by the asker enough so that putting a comment to my question may not be the best approach. If the clarification substantially changes the question is there any ...
James Black's user avatar
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1 answer
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OP have changed the question that I have answered [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Exit strategies for “chameleon questions” Please accept my apologies if this a duplicate question But OP have changed the the original question that I have ...
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Rule on changing a question after a bounty was raised [duplicate]

What is the rule on completely changing a question once a bounty has been raised ? For instance: This is a question for which a bounty was raised and I answered it. Now the question is edited to a ...
Vrashabh Irde's user avatar
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1 answer
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What to do when the question is updated to make your answer obsolete [duplicate]

I looked over the "your question may already be answered" suggestions box and didn't see anything that fit, but I've been known to miss those before so apologies in advance if this has been ...
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What should I do when a question keeps getting edited? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Exit strategies for “chameleon questions” I had a guy whom I answered, but after that he simply edited his question to a completely different question. (he had one ...
Blub's user avatar
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What is Stack Overflow planning to do about indefinite questions with recurring updates? [duplicate]

The title of the question is hard to comprehend, please read on. I'm rather new to Stack Overflow, I joined just about a month ago, and since then I have been fairly active (top 0.41% of the current ...
Raj Nathani's user avatar
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1 answer
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Questions changed on getting answer to current question [duplicate]

I have seen that users ask questions related to code and, when they get solution to their current problem, they just make those changes to code in current question itself and change the question ...
LearningC's user avatar
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How to proceed when question gets changed after answering? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Exit strategies for “chameleon questions” This question might be considered too localized but I am sure this hasn't just happened to me so I want to know how best ...
Taryn's user avatar
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How to handle questions which change / evolve / involve troubleshooting? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Exit strategies for “chameleon questions” This happens to me a lot, especially on ServerFault. I'll look for some examples from SF and post them later, but for now,...
The Unhandled Exception's user avatar
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1 answer
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Edit leading to whole new question [duplicate]

Recently I answered a question on Stack Overflow regarding a problem with a MySQL connection. Initially it was very obvious that the question was about a problem with a connection, but after some ...
Hassaan Salik's user avatar
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1 answer
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Handling "chain questions" [duplicate]

I just wrote an answer for this question . It solved their original problem. Great. Then they changed the question by updating the code, invalidating my answer. We're now having a discussion in ...
Carcigenicate's user avatar
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What to do with debugging questions when fixing one problem exposes another? Should a separate question be asked? [duplicate]

Concrete example: Sending E-mail Hotmail Account via Raspberry Pi Sending Email with Python (Raspbian OS) Despite almost identical titles (and the same user task -- send email) the questions are ...
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Question "Scope Creep" [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Exit strategies for “chameleon questions” The only way I know how to describe this is as scope creep so I apologize if I've overlooked a duplicate question. This ...
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Answering Duplicate questions in and then another Duplicate Question within the Comments [duplicate]

I answered a question. The question is a duplicate, which I flagged. The OP then asked this question via comment. The comment question is also a duplicate question. Is this the correct response? ...
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User editing the original question to make it a new question [duplicate]

The frequency of the following to happen, is quite high. User asks a question. Somebody answers it correctly which solves the problem/issue. Instead of upvote or accept, the user edits the question ...
user2450263's user avatar
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0 answers
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Interesting issue with an accepted answer that I've never encountered before [duplicate]

So, I answered a question a few days ago, and it was accepted. Then today, the OP decided that it did not fit his requirements and removed my answer as the accepted answer. He said that he did this ...
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OP getting me to do the work for them over time [duplicate]

I've answered this question for a new user that wasn't originally worded like a "do my work for me" type of question, but has since turned that way through discussion in the comments. They have ...
Luke Willis's user avatar
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0 answers
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What should be done against self-adaptative questions? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Exit strategies for “chameleon questions” How can we help users who repeatedly ask similar questions or update constantly? I've seen today at least three cases ...
Denys Séguret's user avatar
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What if the question is answered but the poster of question reedited [duplicate]

After the poster re-edited his question. sometimes make the answers are not coincident with question. How to deal with this kind of problem. thanks.
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How to deal with OP comments which go off-topic? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Exit strategies for “chameleon questions” There have been a few times now when I've answered a question correctly, and the OP has marked my answer as correct, but ...
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Questions within questions within questions [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Exit strategies for “chameleon questions” What I don't understand are people trying to get MORE than they asked for. Sometimes I have to answer 6 questions ...
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How to handle question where asker changes conditions? [duplicate]

What do I do with a question where it becomes clear the asker didn't give enough information in the first place? Scenario: Asker asks, we answer. He won't accept any of our answers and says something ...
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Reasons to not answer follow-up questions asked in comments [duplicate]

I'm often helping new users with problems they have while getting started with a particular software. After having solved one problem, it is not unlikely that they run into another problem. The follow-...
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How to handle topic changes in comments? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Exit strategies for “chameleon questions” See here. It's a new question I think and I don't see why not to answer it. But it only came up in the discussion. Is ...
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Question edit made answer off-topic - what to do with that answer? [duplicate]

Let's say there is a question. It was ambiguous. Only for one user it wasn't and he answered. And then question got clarified. It cannot even count as drastic edit. It left answer looking off-topic, ...
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How to handle a question that is being edited to make a new question? [duplicate]

The question how to retrieve or search user from as400 using ldap connection? has been edited many times and the original poster is continuing to use the same question to ask new questions. I have ...
jamesallman's user avatar
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What is the XY problem?

What is the XY problem? When asking questions, how do I recognize when I'm falling into it? How do I avoid it? Return to FAQ index Other languages: ES, JA, PT, RU
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Introducing a brand new, consolidated, Help Center

UPDATE: This is now live on all Stack Exchange sites. You can access it at /help or by clicking the "help" link in the top nav or footer of any page. We can all agree that Stack Exchange is a ...
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Improving "demonstrate a minimal understanding" close reason [closed]

Note: the eventual outcome of this discussion involved dropping this particular off-topic reason, along with other changes. See: https://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/216585/recent-changes-to-close-...
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What happened to the "You're Just Lazy" close vote reason? [closed]

...not literally, of course. But what happened to the previous menu of close-vote options? I find the current set unsatisfactory. Take this question that boils down to a typical java.lang....
Jonathon Reinhart's user avatar
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9 answers
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Fixing comments in 5 minutes. Intrigued? Let's discuss

I made a quick change to Area 51 recently, and it had a profound effect on how people used that site, so let's discuss. Background: The basic building blocks of every SE site are the QUESTION and the ...
Robert Cartaino's user avatar
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1 answer
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Reset question grace period once an answer has been posted

When answers are posted within a question's initial grace period, it is possible that further edits could completely change the question (see "chameleon questions"), and render those first few answers ...
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How can we help users who repeatedly ask similar questions or update constantly?

Before I ask my questions, I need to describe two types of low-quality users. Type P: A type P user will post a block of code, possibly with a stack trace, and text that boils down to "this doesn't ...
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Do not implicitly award bounty to an answer that has been downvoted by the investor

Sometimes you start a bounty and, since the problem is difficult and people try to reach the bounty, there is higher probability than usual that you get very low quality answers. Sometimes these ...
Tomas's user avatar
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On frustration provoked by questions where the answer is "that's not possible"

I recently had my first really bad experience on Stack Overflow. It started right after I filed a question on Passing a table expression to a table-parameterized function (regarding SQL ...
John's user avatar
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"Now that you've solved A, I'm stuck on closely related B" [duplicate]

Imagine a situation: an SO user is complaining about inability to create and sprox a woodget. The question title goes: "Help, cannot create a woodget". Code snippet inside: woo = new Woodget("foo"); ...
Seva Alekseyev's user avatar
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2 answers
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How can we responsibly direct users with serious mental health issues?

I am not talking about people with borderline personality or spectrum disorder issues (like rudeness), rather behaviours like paranoia and depression. A recent question on Ask Ubuntu highlighted that ...
Oli's user avatar
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4 answers
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Why was this question locked? [closed]

I would like to know why the following question was locked: Ajax.ActionLink in MVC3 not working I was trying to gather more feedback from the user to understand the behavior described in his question ...
Darin Dimitrov's user avatar
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3 answers
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Speculative answers discouraged through downvoting

I have found a few cases when I try to answer someone's question based on my best understanding of what they are asking. Sometimes, I have made some assumptions based on their vague descriptions, or ...
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