I would like to know how to handle questions that primarily ask if someone exists who knows the answer to some secondary question, or questions that primarily ask for who could answer a secondary question.
- Does anyone know how to install
xyzunder Labamba X.Y?
- Who knows how to install
xyzunder Labamba X.Y
Since I know how to install
xyz on my Labamba X.Y system, the answer to the first question is "Yes" and the to the second "I do". That doesn't result in a good Q&A pair for this site, as it doesn't help other people much.
I often assume that the OP is more interested in the answer to the question "How can I install
xyz under Labamba X.Y?", but that is not what is being asked. The OP of course might be genuinely interested in whether knowledgeable people exists or even looking for the names of people to hire as consultants. Both of which would make the question off topic for this site. And sometimes there is so little context to tip the balance that I am not comfortable to just change the meaning of the question.
Should we educate our users not to ask these kind of questions? And if so, what is the best way to do so? Edit them to make the secondary question the primary? Voting to close the question as off-topic (and hoping the OP gets the hint)? Commenting on the questions that the OP should improve the question with a link to an answer¹ to this question? Extending the help and point to that in a comment? Extend the list of close options? Write a comment "Yes there are such people" (a sarcastic comment, some might not understand as criticism).
¹ Maybe some answers can be formulated in away that reading it provides help for "offenders", automatically assuming agreement that this is a problem that should be addressed. I would then suggest to use the answer with most upvotes as a link in the comment.