Today, I was searching for an answer to Initial label with 'el-select' is not applied at Stack Overflow. As you see, question exists, but it doesn't have any proper answers. So I offered a bounty, to possess attention. Could I ask the same question rather?


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No, you shouldn't ask a duplicate question given the fact that you know that a same question exists. It is not at all desired to have different copies of the same question as SE is a repository of knowledge. Duplicate questions are linked to their parent questions to have all the answers at one place.

So, if you want to get an answer to a question which already exists, you provide a bounty on it so that it gets some attention. As you have already done so, I would suggest you wait for a while and add a comment if you want to specify something related to the question.

  • Bounties on Meta (and many smaller sites) are largely pointless. They may attract views from users but they rarely attract NEW answers Jul 25, 2020 at 4:53
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    @Mari-LouA, OP's question seems mostly about questions on non-meta sites, especially SO. Jul 25, 2020 at 4:57
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    Thanks for the clarification but I stand by my position. Generally speaking, bounties don't work if experts, i.e high-rep users are unmotivated or simply missing from the site to respond. Jul 25, 2020 at 5:04
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    @Mari-LouA: If a bounty doesn't work, asking a new question is even less likely to work.
    – Kevin
    Jul 25, 2020 at 5:25
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    @Kevin Depends... If the newer question has greater detail, shows a fair amount of research, and explains why the older, supposedly "original" question is significantly outdated or inadequately describes the current problem, it's now a high-quality post. Here's an example of such a new question whose author is aware that other users might close it as a duplicate Jul 25, 2020 at 6:13

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