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Can I re-ask a question if it hasn’t been answered?
How can new users get old unresolved questions answered?
What if my question is technically a duplicate, but the original question was never answered?

I have a question I'd like to ask, but an exact duplicate exists. It was asked by another user and has an accepted answer (unsatisfactory for me) more than a year ago.

Is it acceptable to re-ask the question in hopes that a year has brought some additional insight or suggestions?

Should I just bump the original question as suggested here on Meta?

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marked as duplicate by juan, John Rudy, dmckee, Shog9, Ether Mar 1 '10 at 21:28

This question has been asked before and already has an answer. If those answers do not fully address your question, please ask a new question.


has an accepted answer (unsatisfactory for me)

That right there proves that it's not an exact duplicate. So when asking your question, focus on whatever difference exists that makes this other answer not work.

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    While probable, not entirely true, as the accepted answer is awarded by the choice of an individual. (All I'm saying is that it doesn't prove it) – juan Mar 1 '10 at 20:08
  • @Downvoter - it does prove the two askers have different problems, but the first asker may not have included all the information and so you're right the questions as asked my be duplicates. – Joel Coehoorn Mar 1 '10 at 20:10
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    I'm with downvoter on this. Sometime askers accept sub-optimal answers---accepted doesn't mean best or even good. That does not mean that the answer the potentially new asker wants isn't present on the original. Certainly focus on the why the answers to the older question are not acceptable if the correct answer does not appear. – dmckee Mar 1 '10 at 20:55

I say re-ask it; while technically you should bump the old question chances are you won't get any news answers if it already has established (ie, upvoted) answers out of which one was accepted.

Maybe try to phrase it a bit differently and mention at the end that you found the possible duplicate but that its answer wasn't satisfactory for you.

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