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I am wondering if it is alright to re-ask a question if you can only find context-specific questions that use methods that can solve your problem but is not your specific problem (probably most relevant to Stack Overflow).

My arguments for doing this are:

  1. When people search for a solution they do not want to wade through irrelevant detail that does not apply to their problem in the question (and as a result quite often in the answer) and stops bifurcation like this;
  2. The extra context can in fact be too specific and may not actually yield a solution, thus resulting in uncertainty when trying a number of different solutions;
  3. It will ultimately simplify and streamline the searching for answers for other people as key-words in the search will be focused on a universal question, not just the solution of one person;
  4. It is more likely to result in a strategy change for the particular problem rather than the actual answer as noted here

I hope that the Stack Exchanges can implement something like this concept of making questions canonical; perhaps this should also emphasise the universality of the solution

EDIT: TL;DR Can you re-ask a question but without less situation-dependent content to refine the answer to something which applies to more situations?

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  • This is a great example of the time wasting that specific answers create: stackoverflow.com/questions/19387985/…
    – AER
    Aug 10 '16 at 1:54
  • Not that there is an issue with the above answer for the user but it adds no value to additional users seeking an answer.
    – AER
    Aug 10 '16 at 4:48
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Technically I would say that if you are asking a question with different or minimal context it is in fact a different question.

From what you are saying it seems like you dislike filtering through lines of code-text to get an answer which may not apply to your situation.

Removing said code and asking the question directly is strictly a different question; albeit solved by a similar solution though.

Ask away.

P.S. Stack Overflow has started documentation which will hopefully solve this issue of making answers more "canonical".

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