As has been said before, multiple unrelated questions should be posted as multiple posts on the site. See meta concensus.
Now we have the problem that this is a nice and useful policy, but new users sometimes just don't know or care.
How do we handle those cases?
- We lack the tools to split the question for the user, not even moderators can open a question in the name of a user.
- If we go over the user's head and split it as Community Wiki, he will not get the reputation for the second question.
- If we wait for the user to split it himself (that's our current "strategy"), he may not even come back, or just don't care. (Either because he doesn't understand the use or because he already got his answers.) In the meantime people post double answers, and effectively we end up with mess like this.
What solution do we have for hit and run double questions?
For the sake of completeness, here are some reasons why double questions are bad for the site:
- Because the questions are unrelated, there is no proper way to title the post. This makes it harder to find the questions.
- Same goes for tagging. One question could be analysis, one plot-explanation. Or they could even not be about the same movie.
- It's hard to decide which answer is best/should be accepted when some of them only answer one or the other question. Or if one answer answers the one question perfect and the other questions only medium and vice versa.
- Same goes for up-/downvoting the questions, what if one is great and the other is really bad?
- They are bad for our questions / day ratio. (Not that it would matter much, just saying. ;)
- They set a bad example for the next new user who thinks this forum style of asking questions is ok.