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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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8 answers
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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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12 answers
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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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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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25 answers
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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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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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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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1 answer
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Is this considered abuse on SO? [closed]

https://stackoverflow.com/questions/10185015/easiest-way-to-have-unlimited-inputs-in-html This question, for whatever reason, has rubbed me the wrong way. The OP asked a question about how to have ...
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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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1 answer
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Please don't ask us to act on other websites in a way you made impossible on yours (aka be fair about nofollow)

Currently ToS requires, that when we reuse content from Stack Exchange sites: You will ensure that any such Internet use of Subscriber Content Hyperlink each author name directly back to his or her ...
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1 answer
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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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7 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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1 answer
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"Create followup question" feature

Triggered by Handling creeping questions. When a question morphs into something different, a "Create followup question" link would open a new question and copy the original question's tags (and ...
Dave Newton's user avatar
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4 answers
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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
20 votes
1 answer
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Bounty System Fixups, OR: Come see us in Bounty System 2: The Search for More Reputation

It's an open secret that, for the past three weeks I've been mining the Featured Questions tab on SO as the basis of my reputation. It's been lots of fun (and really, isn't that the point, while ...
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