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Okay, so I found a question over on stackoverflow which would appear to be the same on the surface:

But I know that the cause is different and need to find a solution... do I ask my own question, or is there some way of expanding on this users' question?

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You'll want to ask a new question with enough explanation of what the differences are to convince those who would question it.

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This. Noting the similarity and stating clearly why you think there are different is the key to keeping your questions open. Well, that and it really being different. – dmckee Mar 15 '10 at 23:09

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