What adjective would best describe someone who seeks complex solutions to simple problems? For example, one who would design the tree-swing in any other of the ways described below except the last one.

Tree-swing problem

  • What kind of description are you looking for? Creative, stupid, complicated, silly? The cartoon also doesn't necessarily imply anything other than miscommunication. We have no idea what the user said was wanted. Was the communication verbal? It could have been "a tree swing," completely open to interpretation, or it could have been "a tire attached to a tree branch by a rope." Or was the communication the last picture itself? – Jason Bassford Oct 29 '18 at 5:41
  • Thanks Jason, just to leave out any other factors that may be in play, you could imagine a case where you told a group of 6 guys to design a tree swing and each came up with each of the above designs. Hence, which term would describe the guys with the complex designs. – Quest Oct 29 '18 at 6:00
  • There are hundreds of possible ways to answer this. You need to be more specific as to what you're looking for. – Jason Bassford Oct 29 '18 at 6:25
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    The simple answer to your question is "overcomplicating". If you're looking for something else, then please clarify. Perhaps you're the one overcomplicating the matter. – michael.hor257k Oct 29 '18 at 7:46

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