# What does “XY Problem” mean?

I have just been told that my question is an "XY Problem". What does that mean? What am I supposed to do?

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Does this link What is the XY problem? help? – mozartstraße Apr 25 '12 at 13:47
Yes, it seems so. However, I think that several examples as how to change "wrong TeX-related question" to "good TeX-related question" would be helpful. – tohecz Apr 25 '12 at 13:53
I tried to answer one last week that still hasn't been resolved: tex.stackexchange.com/questions/52679/… – Matthew Leingang Apr 26 '12 at 17:38

• Redefining \verb to be \url The poster asked about changing some LaTeX commands. After a short discussion, it was found that his real issue is that the \verb command gets nice highlight in Emacs and he wanted \url to be highlighted the same way. The correct question would state something like How to get Emacs properly highlight \url.