I asked a question on Stack Overflow, and got an answer, but when I tried the answer, it didn't help. Now the question is old and not getting any more views or answers, even after editing the original question to reflect that the answer wasn't helping. Should I post the question again, or let the question die and start looking elsewhere for help?

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    Don't repost. Did you downvote the wrong answer? – random Mar 22 '11 at 23:50
  • I don't have enough reputation to downvote. – Drew Mar 22 '11 at 23:58
  • Try linking to the original question here. That's almost guaranteed to generate traffic. (And downvotes, if warranted.) – Cody Gray Mar 23 '11 at 2:15
  • I ended up finding a solution on my own eventually. I've answered my own question myself so that others will see it hopefully. – Drew Mar 23 '11 at 16:17
  • Please, I have the same problem with this question: How To Format A Block of Code Within a Presentation? The question is 2 years old, and the answer actually doesn't answer: screenshot? not an option. How to embeded HTML into ooo? Funny is that I couldn't create the question again there, and looking here in meta I found this question about how to repost a question! :) – Dr Beco Mar 30 '11 at 4:18

You definitely don't want to re-post the question. It'll likely get closed as a duplicate of the original. From the StackOverflow FAQ:

In order to get good answers, you have to put some effort into your question. Edit your question to provide status and progress updates. Document your own continued efforts to answer your question. This will naturally bump your question and get more people interested in it.

Editing the original will bump it. And the more information you can put into the question regarding your ongoing effort, the more attention it will get. Even if the only active person on that question "thread" is you, activity bumps it up.

The main thing is to make sure the question is clear, provides relevant information (no more, no less), and demonstrates that you've put in effort to try to solve it and truly hit a puzzling impasse.

If the only answer is incorrect, note that in a comment to the answer. And make sure the be clear as to why it's not working. Is the answer upvoted by others? Maybe it's not entirely incorrect but just isn't solving the problem the way your situation needs it solved? I've seen very long comment threads narrowing down that kind of scope.

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  • I was looking for whether I should re-ask a question or edit it if the original didn't receive enough attention due to being poorly formulated and Google brought me here. Unfortunately, I've not enough rep to upvote this really helpful answer :( – ThomasH Sep 3 '12 at 12:20
  • @ThomasH: Upvotes are overrated anyway :) – David Sep 3 '12 at 14:47

No, but you can ask a different question about the same problem, I have been known to ask 3 or 4 question about different possible solutions to the same problem, with each question aimed that people that know about each of the possible solutions (and tagged as such).

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