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Is it OK (and right) to change the question to a more general one (which makes it more useful, but also makes some of the already given answers incorrect)?

I posted this question about half an hour ago: What's the difference between using Url.Content and not doing so?

After the first answer, I quickly realized my ignorance (and that my question was poorly constructed). Now I feel like editing the question heavily to be more specific about what I wanted an answer for, also to make it relevant to others in the future.


There's already an answer there that tells me I'm wrong, trying to explain the "~"-symbol which I didn't actually ask about (since I know it).

If I edited it, it could mean that the answer provided becomes odd/irrelevant. On the other hand, I might get some more precise answers.

Any advice?

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marked as duplicate by amanaP lanaC A nalP A naM A, jadarnel27, Rory, jonsca, Toon Krijthe Aug 30 '12 at 12:49

This question has been asked before and already has an answer. If those answers do not fully address your question, please ask a new question.

Related: – Shadow Wizard Aug 29 '12 at 13:52
What exactly is it that you wanted to ask? If you provide us some more information here, we could try to give you some guidance as to how a new questions could be written more concisely. – yoozer8 Aug 29 '12 at 14:40
@Jim I wanted to know what you gain from using Url.Content. In my haste I hadn't checked that, without it, you couldn't use relative paths (obviously because I don't know exactly what's happening behind the code). Now, I think the introduction part is a bit irrelevant, but coming to think of it, I can't really ask about Url.Content in a way that isn't changing the question. – Aske B. Aug 29 '12 at 14:53
It looks like you've got an answer, then. I'm not sure what else it is you want to ask.... – yoozer8 Aug 29 '12 at 15:21

If you already have answers that answer your original question, Accept them and move on.

Ask a new question, there is nothing wrong with that!

DO NOT just change your Original Post to a completely different question.

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Even if it's almost the same question? – Aske B. Aug 29 '12 at 13:49
@AskeB. almost the same is not the same as same. Notice the almost? – amanaP lanaC A nalP A naM A Aug 29 '12 at 13:49
It is like saying chicken is almost the same as beef. – amanaP lanaC A nalP A naM A Aug 29 '12 at 13:50
Secondly. I asked a stupid question and got an answer I'm not really satisfied with. I don't see a reason to accept an answer that didn't answer my question. Because then how would it be relevant to others? – Aske B. Aug 29 '12 at 13:52
@AskeB. so don't accept the answer if ti did not help you, but never change the question. – amanaP lanaC A nalP A naM A Aug 29 '12 at 14:00

You say

If I edited it, it could mean that the answer provided becomes odd / irrelevant. On the other hand, I might get some more precise answers

and this is something that you should not do. However, you also say

There's already an answer there that tells me I'm wrong, trying to explain the "~"-symbol which I didn't actually ask about (since I know it).

So the answer is already odd/irrelevant, since it addresses something you didn't ask about. The fact that you are getting answers tangentially related to your question shows that your question is completely clear, and should be improved.

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You're right, so my question is basically: "How can I make my question clear without making the answer irrellevant?". Maybe I should just edit the question to ask something that he answers and then ask another question? – Aske B. Aug 29 '12 at 13:55
You should never edit and answer to ask something. If you have a question about an ansewr, post it as a comment on the answer. – yoozer8 Aug 29 '12 at 13:56
And if the answer is already irrelevant before the edit, you shouldn't be concerned about whether it will be relevant after the edit. – yoozer8 Aug 29 '12 at 13:56
Sorry for the wrong articulation, I meant edit the question, not the answer. And to your second comment: But the answer has upvotes, so I think it'll be cruel to make the answer more irrelevant, since some people apparently think it is relevant. – Aske B. Aug 29 '12 at 14:01
Hm. I guess it really depends how you would edit/change your question. Reading the question and answer, it seems the answer is in fact relevant (although it differs from the answer linked in the first comment on your question). In this case I'd say you should ask a new question, but be careful to tailor it specifically to what you are asking. – yoozer8 Aug 29 '12 at 14:05
I think that's easier said than done. I've spent my entire time on SO trying to learn how to tailor my questions to be specific, yet include enough context, and I personally think I still suck pretty badly. I think I'm primarily concerned about this question because I'm afraid of losing so much rep that I lose the basic privileges (I have low rep in the first place). I think I'll just leave the question be for now. – Aske B. Aug 29 '12 at 14:10

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