I have noticed a common trend among way too many users here, where someone will post a post with obvious flaws (some more obvious than others), but fail to respond to any commentary either criticising the post or seeking clarifications (either by replying to the comment or by improving the post to address the issues).
Sometimes this is because the user is a first-time poster who just doesn't return to the site (or doesn't understand how the site is supposed to work), but I have also seen this behaviour among long-standing users who have been active for years. In either case, this often results in problematic posts just…sitting there… being unfixed for indefinite periods of time.
Ideally, if abandoned by the original authors these posts could still be worked into shape by the community at large, but in my experience this is rarely if ever how things turn out: I am constantly seeing flawed posts days, months, even years old that are still untouched since the day they were posted, even with numerous critical comments posted. Often by users who are still active.
How exactly should we be dealing with these situations?