Is it acceptable to modify a question (adding details and conditions to obtain the situation) which seems similar to the problem one encounter rather than creating a new question which might be marked as duplicate? As I encountered the same situation here but my working environment is different (system and versions) and I have applied all solutions provided to this question but that didn't help.

Should I post a new question or modify by adding details of my environment?

Can I ask a question by commenting on that post?

If I ask the question how can it be different, as I asked this question is getting down votes yet it is different from this question?

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    “Can I ask a question by commenting on that post?” - You should absolutely not do this. Questions submitted as a comment will be deleted. Commentary submitted as an answer will be deleted. If you have a question it, but if you know of an existing question, explain how your question is different
    – Ramhound
    Apr 21, 2018 at 0:36
  • If the answer is not the same, the question is not the same. Ask a new question. (although also say "I have read question ABC, because my environment is different step X gives error DEF")
    – user202729
    Apr 21, 2018 at 4:59
  • I upvoted this question to protect @Pooja infront of creepy downvote flooding, and to compensate reputation loss for 2,5 downvotes. Despite I do not agree on him, he is a newbie.
    – neverMind9
    Apr 21, 2018 at 7:35
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    @neverMind9 Upvotes aren't meant to compensate downvotes. And voting at Meta is different anyways. Apr 21, 2018 at 7:40
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    @neverMind9 please don't distort voting in such a manner. 'he is a newbie' - and you know this.. how? Apr 21, 2018 at 15:18
  • Also @neverMind9, do not assume gender please. The OP is female. Apr 23, 2018 at 2:26
  • ^^^ cc: @MartinJames Apr 23, 2018 at 2:26
  • @Unitato Sorry, did not know that Pooja is female. But how do you know?
    – neverMind9
    Apr 23, 2018 at 15:08
  • @neverMind9 Pooja is a Hindu female name, common in India, where I live. (I'm a Hindu myself) Apr 23, 2018 at 18:09
  • @Unitato I see. I thought it of as a nickname.
    – neverMind9
    Apr 23, 2018 at 18:10
  • @Unitato what? I the only gender-relevant word in my comment was in a quote! Apr 26, 2018 at 12:30

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Any edit to a question should respect the intent of the person posting the question - using edits to get around the 'risk' of a duplicate vote or downvotes is... not cool.

Back when I used to post much more comments than I do now, the standard line I'd use was "You should ask a question referencing this question, but including what differentiates your current situation".

So - yes, you should ask a new question. Make it clear that you've read possible duplicates, tried the answers and they didn't work, and make the differences in the environment clear.

  • “using edits to get around the 'risk' of a duplicate vote or downvotes is... not cool.” - I agree. However, getting downvoted is also not cool for people with low reputation, because then they end up at the 40-Minute-restriction for questions.
    – neverMind9
    Apr 23, 2018 at 18:17

No, editing the original question to fit your needs isn't acceptable in any way.

If you have a similar question about a problem, but different problems conveyed by your particular environment or context, ask a new question, and maybe refer to that original one with it to clearly indicate your question isn't a duplicate.

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