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Couple of weeks ago I asked a question here on meta which has not been answered yet. Someone even started a bounty on it but still there was no answer. Now I have decided to bring this question up to the first page regularly by editing it with a very minor change (like adding or removing a dot). Is this considered a bad practice?

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If you are not adding additional information then yes - it is a bad practice. If your post did not receive enough attention perhaps it is simply not interesting to people... –  Lix Apr 5 '12 at 9:51
    
@Lix I have already tried to add additional information to it as much as I could. –  Meysam Apr 5 '12 at 9:52
    
Consider the possibility that there is no answer... Your question is very specifically about something you wish the site/family of sites did (which it currently doesn't do). –  Oded Apr 5 '12 at 9:55
    
@Oded Can I add a feature-request tag to it? –  Meysam Apr 5 '12 at 9:58
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@Meysam - That certainly would be OK. –  Oded Apr 5 '12 at 9:59
    
Adding that will run the risk of a [status-declined]... just saying :) –  Lix Apr 5 '12 at 10:02
    
@Lix How is it risky? –  Meysam Apr 5 '12 at 10:03
    
Well the Stack Exchange team is in charge of authorizing or denying feature requests. They will now have to respond to your feature request with one of the six status tags... –  Lix Apr 5 '12 at 10:06
    
@Lix That's a good thing then! :) –  Meysam Apr 5 '12 at 10:10
    
What you're describing is an attempt to game the system (not suggesting you have any bad intent, but that's basically what you've described), and that would tend to be looked poorly on by users and mods. I wouldn't recommend it. As other commenters have said - If you can add more detail then that's great and encouraged, but making trivial changes just to "bump" your question is not. –  RivieraKid Apr 5 '12 at 10:37

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Yes, it is considered bad practice.

Look at the question and see if you can add details to it - the more the better. Try to see what would cause it to not be answered in the first place and try to resolve that.

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And what happens if I do it? Will there be any sort of punishment or any kind of warning from a moderator? –  Meysam Apr 5 '12 at 9:55
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@Meysam - With enough edits (I believe 8) by yourself, the question will be converted to CW. It may show up on the radar of the moderators. –  Oded Apr 5 '12 at 9:56

Yes, it is a bad practice. You can add more details to your question and make it intensive.

But still if you don't get much attention, (Just a suggestion, and please correct me if I am wrong). delete the question and re-ask it. It will be top on the list once again.

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