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I asked a question, and got an answer with 3 upvotes. Then, I edited my question in such a way that the answer is no longer relevant.

The question will no longer appear as an unanswered question, and so will have little change of being promptly answered.

Assuming I really want my question answered, and I consider it unanswered, what should I do in this case? (I decided to re-ask the question, with no great success so far).

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If the new question is so different the old answer is no longer relevent, the question is probably quite different, so I would ask the new question separately straight away. –  ACarter May 28 '12 at 19:29

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I think you should have asked a new question and referenced the original as explanation. From what you've said the new version of the question was sufficiently different to make it not a duplicate.

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I don't know how many people actually use the "unanswered questions" tab - I know I don't.

Editing the question will bump it briefly, so it should get a bit more attention - and if you make it very clear (i.e. in a bold bit of text in the question) that you've edited the question, that should help to make it clear what's going on.

In some ways asking the modified question without editing the original (but linking to it for background) would have been better, so that the original question would still stand alone as a question with a valid answer.

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I mainly use the unanswered questions. –  Ian Elliott Jul 3 '09 at 6:02
People use the unanswered questions, because they seek reputation - and their answer is more likely to get attention if the question is unanswered (my perspective). –  ripper234 Jul 3 '09 at 6:10
Fair enough - I guess that's me told ;) –  Jon Skeet Jul 3 '09 at 7:03
Obviously that is not the best way to get rep, because apparently, thats not how Jon Skeet gets rep. –  Brad Gilbert Jul 3 '09 at 14:06
I use the unanswered questions view because I figure those are the questions that needs answers the most. –  XMLbog Jul 3 '09 at 18:53

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