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Suppose there is a question asked by someone else, and you really want a good answer because that would solve your problem as well. Now, a lot of people give replies and one of the answers gets accepted. However, the answer is not that good and does not solve your problem. You try to add comments, but some people who would otherwise bother to give a correct answer will probably skip the question completely as it is marked as 'answer given and accepted'.

Now, what should you do in such case?

One idea is to ask a new, completely identical question, but now you're in control to decide when it is answered. But, would that go against SO rules?

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a related problem is: you ask a question and get a few answers, but none of them are correct, but the question is now so old no one ever sees it; editing the question brings it to the top of the Active list but only for a few minutes because the site is so busy... –  Steven A. Lowe Oct 8 '08 at 21:09

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Personally, I would start a new question and specify in the writeup the reason why the duplicate (with a link to the original) is being created.

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I would say, "Yes", but the history here is that any such question is likely to get severely downvoted and closed.

If you can find something to distinguish your question from the previous one beyond a simple re-wording, and link to that as a "starting point", you might get away with it.

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A completely identical question will probably get voted down, but if you carefully explain why the answer to the original question is unsatisfactory you might get a better answer

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If you can describe an objective difference in what is a correct answer to your question versus the existing question, then ask away.

If your question really is identical to the existing question (so that you cannot ask a new non-duplicate question), and the problem is entirely that the existing question's answers are poor, then you can set a bounty on the question, offering a reward for improved answers.

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