How should cases be handled in which a complex question is posed that is composed of several topics which could each warrant a separate consideration in the forum?
I have been struggling for the past few days to try to develop a helpful reply to this question:
Preoperative thrombocytosis may identify patients who are at greater risk or risks of x, y, and/or z?
There are several risks. Should it be risk or risks?
This is a much more difficult question to address than appears to be the case at first glance. The problem is that more than one question is hidden within. I think, at a minimum, the question needs to be broken down into these separate components:
Should it be
(2) "risk of (list of possible outcomes)" versus "risks of (list of possible outcomes)"
(3) "at risk of" versus "at risks of"
In a case like this in which splitting up the question seems advisable, does a suggestion to make a split first need to be raised in a comment to the original post?
Does a contributor just take the liberty of modifying the original question and starting new threads for separate discussions? Does a moderator need to do the splitting?
Is the question first put on hold so that the original poster can modify the question (what if s/he does not return?)?
What happens to answers that may already have been posted to the original question but that are no longer relevant after the original question is modified?