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I just asked a question on SO and it was closed within 8 minutes, stating that it was a duplicate. To me, the question it was supposedly a duplicate of did NOT answer my question, as my question was more specific.

I do want an answer to my question. I know I have to wait 2 days to open up a bounty.

But what I couldn't find on Meta SO was whether or not I'll be able to offer a bounty on a closed question after the two days is up. Will I? If not, do I have any alternatives?

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@Brad, the OP says he cannot add a bounty, which means he cannot add a bounty. How can he then add a bounty to avoid the question being closed? – ProfK Aug 1 '11 at 6:25
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AFAIK you can not offer up a bounty on a closed question. I checked on some closed questions of mine (that were old)

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Rats. Thanks for letting me know a bounty is not the way out. But I had help editing my question to make it look less like a duplicate and I've already got 4 out of 5 reopens, so maybe I'm still alive – lkessler Sep 21 '09 at 21:19

If the answers to the previous question do not answer your question, then you should re-ask, and highlight the differences. Highlight, in the title, the aspects that make your question different than the previous one.

In the body of your question, include the things you've tried, including all the answers to the previous question, and why they did not work.

Include a link to the other question along with your explanation.

That way, it is not a duplicate, it is merely similar.

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That question was just poorly worded. – Brad Gilbert Sep 21 '09 at 21:16
I didn't examine the specific SO question, I was answering based on the general situation. – devinb Sep 21 '09 at 21:21
It's still a good answer. I'm much less likely to vote to close a question that calls out a similar question and takes the time to explain why the existing answers don't apply. Too many people get hung up on minor differences in the questions themselves, and fail to realize that the answers are still good... – Shog9 Sep 21 '09 at 21:30

Even if you could, you wouldn't want to.

No one can post answers to closed questions. You'd be depending on enough people agreeing that it was closed incorrectly to vote it open again prior to the end of the bounty. And every day that passed without that happening is a day where the bounty clock is ticking and no one is posting answers.

Furthermore... A closed question is three votes away from being deleted. If that happened, it would be even more unlikely that you'd get any good answers.

Your best bet is to think good and hard about why your question was closed. Politely ask those who closed it why they did so, and listen carefully to their reasoning. Then, taking what you've learned, go and ask a better question.

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Actually, my assumption was that if I put a bounty on a closed question, then that would have opened it - since the act of the "bounty" indicates that the asker really wants it asked, and it will be completed in a week when the bounty time is over. – lkessler Sep 21 '09 at 21:48
Most questions aren't closed out of a belief that the author didn't really want an answer (a handful are; S&A and spam close reasons exist for these...). A question is closed as a duplicate because answers already exist. Similarly, question might be closed as "belongs on other site" if the question and its answers would be more appropriate there. – Shog9 Sep 21 '09 at 22:40

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