# Closing duplicate questions

Recently, I posted a question (this one) and received some helpful answers. However, the answers did not help me solve my issue. So, I posted another question (this one) explaining my thinking and sources of confusion.

However, my question was quickly closed (luckily, I got the necessary answer before that). Looking at the duplicate information, it says:

If those answers do not fully address your question, please edit this question to explain how it is different $\textbf{or ask a new question}$.

I prefer to ask a new question explaining my thinking, rather than hoping an old question will be rediscovered and answered after a day, even with my edits. Since the repeated question received a negative response, could someone clarify why the implied rules for duplicate questions are not the same as the written rules?

Just to clarify, I am very grateful to everyone who takes the time to help me, and I just wanted to clarify the policy for my understanding.

• BTW you do not have to use MathJax to get bold/italics, you can use markdown. For example, instead of $\textbf{or ask a new question}$ (which renders as $\textbf{or ask a new question}$) you could have written **or ask a new question** (which renders as or ask a new question). – Martin Sleziak Mar 4 '14 at 7:47