Updated 2017-05-18 20:28:43 by dbohdan

The XY problem is the problem of asking the wrong question when looking for help with a (programming) task. Rather than ask how to accomplish his overall goal, the asker asks a more narrow question about a partial solution he has come up with.

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Quoth KBK in the Tcl Chatroom:
20:09 < kbk_> Sometimes I run into the YX problem, particularly with the IT department. "Can you set me up to do Y" 
              "Why do you want to do that" "Because I need to do X"  "Why do you think you need to do that" "Because 
              I need to do W" ... and somewhere around K, I eventually manage to convince them that I'm making a 
              reasonable request.