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:
- 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;
- 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;
- 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;
- 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?