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Is it acceptable to refresh/re-ask a question if you got some new details?

What would be the acceptable way - just edit the post by adding details (let's assume I don't want to put up a bounty)?

If there is no answer at all, is it ok to bump a question? What would be the time limit - a day, a week, never?

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You can edit your question, and adding new information, as Oded reported. Keep in mind that posts are converted in Community Wiki when:

  • the body of the post has been edited six (6) times by at least four (4) different people
  • the post has been edited eight (8) times by the original owner

There aren't limit of time, but you would probably want to avoid your question becomes a CW.

The question is bumped on the front page also when a new answer is added, or an existing answer is edited.

If you want to really give more attention to an existing question (whenever it is a question you asked, or somebody else asked), you can offer a bounty for the question.
Re-asking a question that has been already asked has just the effect of getting the new question closed as duplicate of the existing one, and that happens independently from the user who asked the question first.

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Re-asking a question is not acceptable. It will get closed as the exact duplicate it would be.

If you want to "bump" a question, edit it - adding detail is almost always a good thing.

In regards to time limits - there are none that I am aware of.

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How about deleting the first question and asking it again? –  Roman Hoyenko Apr 3 '12 at 14:56
@RomanHoyenko Why? What more would that accomplish than simply editing it with new information? –  vcsjones Apr 3 '12 at 14:58
@RomanHoyenko: Beware that, once you've deleted a certain share of your own questions, you could get question banned. –  Dennis Apr 3 '12 at 14:58
Well, sometimes there is no new information, hard/very specific questions tend to be not answered for a long time, you need to have a subject matter expert there to answer it and it goes down fast, so I am trying to see what's the best way to deal with bumping the question. –  Roman Hoyenko Apr 3 '12 at 15:01
Adding a bounty is an excellent way to gather attention, @Roman. –  Michael Petrotta Apr 3 '12 at 15:02
I understand the bounty, I gave it out several times (the results were 50/50 though :-) ). –  Roman Hoyenko Apr 3 '12 at 15:04
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It's perfectly fine to edit an existing question of yours if you have new information.

Editing it just to bump it to the front page is frowned upon.

If you want to draw attention to an old question, you'll have to sacrifice some rep and offer a bounty.

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Note: Not frowned upon on smaller sites. On Physics.SE, I sometimes investigate the "unanswered" tab for any neglected questions and bump them. This is encouraged, since many questions pass by unnoticed, regardless of how good they are. WHenever I find such a question, I answer it, or, if I don't feel I have the expertise--bump it. –  Manishearth Apr 3 '12 at 15:12
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