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I am trying to solve a problem. A nearly identical question was asked in 2009. The answer at that time was "It can't be done". But three years later is that still the case? I don't know.

So, I sort of re-posted the question (see above link), but with a slightly different slant (no Javascript in answer please). But not different enough to keep it from being considered a duplicate.

My other option would be to post a bounty on the old question. But should I really have to do that? I mean, is that what one needs to do to get up to date info? Spend rep? (I actually don't care much about my rep, but I could easily have to spend all my paltry 500 points just trying to get up to date answers.)

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A good question. My opinion would be: create a new question only if you know things have changed.

If you have made some research, and have reasonable doubts that the situation have changed (e.g. something was impossible 3 years ago, but became possible because of new software or other reasons), then I believe it's ok to ask again. You must, however, include your reaserch attempts and your reasons for asking it again, simply because people need to know that it's not exactly a duplicate, but a similar question with new conditions.

A bounty is rather a tool to atract attention to a question that has not yet recieved a solution. In your case, it's a different story. The solution was found 3 years ago, and it was "that can't be done".

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Thanks for your reply. I did do research, but to be honest, I don't know for sure that things have changed. What I do know is that 3 years is an eternity in IT, and whenever I give an answer based on information that is three years old, I always say "But it's probably changed since then". –  John Fitzpatrick Sep 14 '12 at 7:23
This is my comment. it might be hard to know whether things have changed. In this case is there a protocol to follow? –  Paul Nov 18 '13 at 14:56

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