I don't know if it is duplication but I wanted to make another question which is modified based on my previous question and its comments.

For example, I posted a question about a claim and its proof. The comments suggested to modify part of the claim. So I plan to ask another question about the claim and the proof with a little modification.

Is there any other indications other than duplication if I ask another question like this?

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    Your question is a bit vague. But generally if you continue on a previously answered question, reference that your new question is based on that. If the previous question hasn't received answers, feel free to edit it.
    – Luuklag
    May 3 at 11:00
  • That's right. I need to cite the previous question. But if I just edit the previous question, it will not be found on the top of NEWEST question list thus it will be less probable to be entertained. That's why a new question gives a new start. May 3 at 11:11
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    "if I just edit the previous question, it will not be found on the top of NEWEST question list" - that's true, but it will be moved to the top of the "Active" question list. I can't speak for other users, but I personally use the "Active" list almost exclusively, and therefore I would see your edited question.
    – F1Krazy
    May 3 at 11:14
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    @EddyPiedad if your previous question doesn't have any answers a new post is definetly not the way to go. Opt for editing, it will pop-up on the active page, which is way more useful anyways.
    – Luuklag
    May 3 at 11:15
  • Great! I didn't know that this is how Active page works. Thanks everyone. May 3 at 11:16
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    Somewhat related: Exit strategies for "chameleon questions" May 3 at 20:57

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The usual criteria applies:

  1. The questions have to be sufficiently different to not be considered duplicates.
  2. The new question as a stand-lone must be focused.
  3. The new question must have sufficient details and clarity and be reproducible.
  4. Check the remaining specific site's guidelines, Stack Overflow has a good overview of the close reasons.

Other than that there's been a recent post about incremental answers showing one interesting case of 204 different answers to the same question by one user (not that I understand any of it, but it seems brilliant).

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