I never really thought about a problem that has no “clarifying traits” as a wicked problem, but now I can totally see it where there is a problem with not final objective would be “wicked”. I mean you cant solve a problem if you cannot see what you want to accomplish with it, and in some situations you cannot just figure it out by trial and error due to the possibility of leaving traces with consequences.
This is an interesting article it points out how every break through comes from observing, not just seeing. You need to look at something and think about it, and not just what or why, but patterns in the operation or use. And don’t stop there take what you observe and organize it into something you can visualize and grasp in its entirety.