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This question relates to a user that has opened a plethora of questions(7), in an attempt to get the same rough question answered.

The problem in my opinion is this user hasn't given enough details in any of them to receive an adequate answer. (The answers to the questions can only be generic). As far as I can see, this user does not respond to comments asking for clarification & additional details. Additionally, It seems this user in almost every question tries to change the scope of the question in the comments section to try and gather more information, instead of just forming one well researched question.

Normally I would vote to close as needing additional details. But wanted to make sure I was on the same page with the rest of the community with this. Is this the proper response? I am certainly not trying to be a closure troll...

The mentioned users profile: https://superuser.com/users/1177888/threeemianichole

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The problem in my opinion is this user hasn't given enough details in any of them to receive an adequate answer. (The answers to the questions can only be generic). As far as I can see, this user does not respond to comments asking for clarification & additional details.

If a question requires clarification, and the author of the question refuses to clarify the question, then the question should be closed.

Additionally, It seems this user in almost every question tries to change the scope of the question in the comments section to try and gather more information, instead of just forming one well researched question.

Unnecessary commentary should be flagged as “no longer needed”, questions asked in the comment section of an answer, should be flagged for removal. Specifically, if the scope of the questions within the commentary, drifts continuously without any sign of stopping.

Normally I would vote to close as needing additional details. But wanted to make sure I was on the same page with the rest of the community with this. Is this the proper response? I am certainly not trying to be a closure troll.

Closing a bad question is encouraged, keeping bad quality questions, only does the community a disservice.

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  • Well said, that pretty much clears it up for me. Thanks for taking the time to write this. – Tim_Stewart May 30 at 0:13
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    In the question I was dealing with, the question was quite clear (and lots of people have this question). The problem was the user kept changing the goal posts in the comments. – John May 30 at 0:37
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    @John - By editing the question? If the question was being modified several times, a moderator should be contacted, if these additional questions are just commentary just flag and ignore. Ever expanding question doesn’t work. – Ramhound May 30 at 0:39
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    The author did not edit the question , just added comments. – John May 30 at 0:40
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    @John - Sounds like unnecessary commentary to me – Ramhound May 30 at 0:43
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I have tried to help this user to no avail. As you pointed out in the question Tim, I am just wasting my time. In the most recent question, the user can still return and mark the answer helpful, but has not.

The root of the problem with this user is that they are trying to impress us that they know all about Level 2 and Level 3 layers, but does not even understand the most basic subnet concepts.

You are certainly on the same page as me.

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  • I saw you tried to help, probably more then you should have, and it's painful to see someone else go through it honestly. At this point I check the op's profile activity before answering, And unfortunately, a large portion of new (usually <100 rep) users never return to accept the answer. I just avoid those questions and allow lower rep users to answer them. I'll still comment if it's tumble-weeding & I think I can point them in the right direction. Also our internal search engine is somewhat lackluster, so most new users do not seem to find answers or questions properly. – Tim_Stewart May 30 at 0:47
  • This could also be my somewhat limited view of superuser, I mostly review and answer on the network related tags. I skip in the queue when it's outside of my area of expertise, so I'm not sure it's a site wide thing honestly. Lol I guess I'll know when I have access to the site analytics, or maybe a higher rep user could shed some light on that. – Tim_Stewart May 30 at 1:52
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    @Tim_Stewart - Our search engine works better than you might think, 90% of the time, most duplicates are already listed on the page under the relevant links. Which means they were displayed before the user submitted their question. Most users don’t care if there’s an existing question they don’t even take the time to search. – Ramhound May 30 at 4:06
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    I get no pleasure from saying that about new users, but it’s difficult to ignore, when you find duplicates of questions you answered multiple times a day. – Ramhound Jun 1 at 11:56

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