I've seen a lot of answers lately in here that are obviously the answers the OP expected, but spawned a lot of comments that challenge the answer on really edge cases, or based on things not stated in the question but that should be naturally assumed.
Here are some examples:
- Who committed the crime? A really nice puzzle in my opinion and then there is this comment that, to my surprise, has a lot of thumbs up.
- Is a married person looking at an unmarried person?. Unfortunately, the comments where the possible loopholes were discussed are gone now, but a moderator can still see them.
There are others, but I lost track. I remembered the 2 I mentioned above because I was directly involved in them.
Note that none of them had the tag lateral-thinking attached to them.
To summarize...if there is a question like this: (ignore the low quality. it's just for explanation puporse)
Question: In a barn there are 20 cows and 10 chickens. How many legs are there in the barn?
Comment: But what if one of the cows has 5 legs?
So, my question is:
What approach should we take on this kind of comments?
- Is this behavior encouraged because everything should be challenged in life?
- Should these be flagged as they are just senseless noise in the website?
- I should not care about the comments and go on with my life?