Say a user posted a question and made absolutely no effort in attempting to approach the question, so the question receives negative votes, no responses, etc. and I have the same exact question, but I have work to show for my attempts as well as some additional questions about the problem. Should I post the same problem again with my work, or what should I do?
If you include substantial work of your own for the question, then it probably deserves its own post since the answer becomes more focused on picking up where you left off.
If you have exactly the same question and nothing to add, then you might post a comment saying so, and consider offering a bounty (if you can afford one.)
Just keep in mind that readers usually do not like posters who haven't done due diligence in searching. But if what your asking truly hasn't been addressed before, then there is nothing wrong with doing your best to write it up in a new post.
This is very close to what rschwieb wrote, but since it is already written...
I assume the other post has no answer, and also not much other substantive discussion on it.
It depends a bit how old the other post is.
If it is very recent, say, less than one or two weeks old, I would wait to see what comes of the other post.
If it is older than that go ahead and just post your own question. I would still add as a side remark, perhaps as a comment, the information that you know about that other post to avoid others directing you towards it and to deflect any impression you might be OP of the original and trying to ask the same question for a second time.
There are various advantages in you being OP (in having an active OP) of the question, such as you can accept an answer, you get notifications, etc.
This is a question/answer website, not a "solve my math problem" website.
So even if your math problem is the same problem, since you posted your work:
- The original post's question was a math problem
- Your question is where to continue with your own work
So you clearly have a different question. Which is why I would support making it a new post.