I've seen more than a handful of questioners who, on occassion, need a 2x4 applied to their skulls to get them to see that they're either asking the wrong question, or have been ignoring good answers.
Amen! And this isn't even Usenet. Try lurking in alt.html (e.g.) for a day or two, and you'll see plenty of this kind of behavior. To the question "How can I use X to do Y without using Z?" the answers "You don't want to do Y," or "You don't want to use X to do it," or "That's what Z was made for" are often ignored. Worse, if someone comes along and says "here's how to do Y w/ X and not Z," the person asking the question thinks that they have received an answer.
On another note, might this be an appropriate occasion for using the expression "clue by four"?
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