My post here was closed. I have the same question as another user but I do not understand the accepted answer. To me, it appears incomplete. It is missing details which I do not know how to fill in.

How can I proceed?

  • $\begingroup$ I would encourage you to edit your own post (which is not closed at this time) to be more self-contained. It is good that you pinned down the point in the argument where you find a gap, but the problem setup would ideally not require following the link to the older Question. If you like I will try to make a minimal edit for this purpose. $\endgroup$
    – hardmath
    Commented Jun 29, 2020 at 16:13
  • $\begingroup$ In this specific instance, your question was closed as a duplicate of the linked question. This is clearly not the case, so you could have posted a request to reopen it in the appropriate meta thread here. (Possibly the person who closed it would rather you had commented beneath the answer asking for clarification though, as per Asaf's answer here. But I am just guessing, as they didn't comment.) $\endgroup$
    – user1729
    Commented Jun 29, 2020 at 17:18
  • $\begingroup$ See also: Clarify an old answer.. (And some of other posts linked there) might be of interest too. $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 29, 2020 at 19:16

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Steps towards a solution:

  1. If the user is somewhat active (e.g. visited the site in the last month or so), leave a comment asking for clarification and wait a few days. I get such comments every now and then, and that's fine.

  2. If the first step failed, ask a new question. Put a link to the question, quote the answer, set up the whole context, and explain what is missing for you. Wait for an answer.

  3. If the second step failed, study harder until you can answer your own question.


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