This is my question. 5 min after received a good answer, I even upvoted it. But just minutes after upvoting I'm running some tests I realized that my question should have been a little bit different in order to get a somewhat different result.

Should I edit my question, keep the upvote and notify the answerer so he can change the answer? Or do I accept the answer and create a new question? Is just that as result I will end up having 2 almost identical questions.

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    Modify and inform is the best way to go about it if you think they are very similar.
    – asheeshr
    Dec 7, 2012 at 16:35
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    – gnat
    Dec 10, 2012 at 15:43
  • @gnat, I don't really got it. I was not having an error or trying to solve a totally/completly different/new question. Just realized that I should have asked a slightly different question as as it was my 2nd question would be then almost a duplicate of the current one. As TinyTimPost already answerered and tvanfosson answered on your question, I modified to avoid duplicates or missunderstandings and clearly have shown what was modified. I always try to find an answer by myself before posting it on SO, sometimes, right after posting, I finally find the solution and I answer myself for others
    – Yaroslav
    Dec 10, 2012 at 18:03
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    @Yaroslav well as long as you don't change too much to make answerer unhappy, I think it would be OK
    – gnat
    Dec 10, 2012 at 19:01

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Yes, modify the question - or the next question really becomes a duplicate as answers would cover basically the same ground.

You've done what you need to do, which is:

  • Clearly indicate that the scope of the question changed, within the question. This keeps people from wondering if all of the answers you received came from left field

  • Notify those that answered that the details have changed

Don't worry about it too much, even when you put a lot of effort into a question, there's always a possibility that you'll think of something else. We do ask that you try and keep major scope changes to a minimum, but you obviously understand that.

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