I want to ask a question, but it is basically a duplicate of a (5 year old) question already asked here and that question doesn't have an answer. Morally, any good answer to that question would be an answer to my question, although I plan on having a bit more context which specifically emphasize I would prefer a geometric/topological approach as an answer (also I add why I don't think one of the comments on that question would be a good answer). Since I am being somewhat more specific in what I am looking for, I would have relevant tags which are not obviously related the original question (to hopefully attract people from those areas). Due to the above, I think that adding my context to their question would change theirs a bit to much.

Question: Would it be better to put a bounty on it and maybe add some geometry/topology tags or re-ask the question with the additional context I am interested in?

EDIT: I have updated the original question, to view it in the original state you can view the history

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    $\begingroup$ I would suggest that editing the question to clarify it and to add tags would be an excellent first step---the edit will bump the question to the top of the list of active questions. Posting a bounty would be a good second step. $\endgroup$
    – Xander Henderson Mod
    Dec 1, 2019 at 0:37
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    $\begingroup$ Related: How to grab users' attention on an old question? (And maybe also some questions linked there.) $\endgroup$ Dec 1, 2019 at 0:39
  • $\begingroup$ Okay, I think I thought of a way to add context that doesn't take away from the original question/change focus but suggest there could be a topological/geometric way of approaching it (and make some other suggestions). I will start off with what you suggest @XanderHenderson. $\endgroup$
    – user29123
    Dec 1, 2019 at 0:53
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    $\begingroup$ On the other hand, if you are asking a question which requires that much editing, you could also ask a new question. Cite the old one, explain how what you want is different, and point out that the older question has no answer. $\endgroup$
    – Xander Henderson Mod
    Dec 1, 2019 at 1:43
  • $\begingroup$ @XanderHenderson The editing mostly is just adding context and potential directions. If people thinks it changes it too much I can also rollback and ask a new one $\endgroup$
    – user29123
    Dec 1, 2019 at 1:44
  • $\begingroup$ The question as it is now is basically the question I would have written, except I would write a bit more on why I think a geometric/topological viewpoint would make sense and make it clear I am more interested in that direction. $\endgroup$
    – user29123
    Dec 1, 2019 at 1:58
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    $\begingroup$ Let's see if a fat bounty can draw in an answer to this edited version. $\endgroup$
    – Alexander Gruber Mod
    Dec 2, 2019 at 15:16
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    $\begingroup$ @AlexanderGruber Thanks, hopefully that will attract some good attention! $\endgroup$
    – user29123
    Dec 2, 2019 at 16:24


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