# Why can't I edit a new question in place of a duplicate?

I have $$5$$ or so duplicate/closed questions, which is hurting my "positive question record" statistic. So, I edited a useless duplicate question and asked a new question, which I was told "if you want to ask a different question, don't edit a duplicate."

I am wondering why this is the case, as editing a new question in place of an old dup would be beneficial to the cite. It would remove a useless duplicate and add a new useful question. Why isn't this allowed?

• Duplicates iirc do not count against you. If you think it is useless then in some circumstances you can delete the question. People have generally already voted and commented on a question so you shouldn’t repurpose it into a new unrelated question. Even if not, it takes some effort from other people to undo linking them as a duplicate. Better to start fresh May 2 at 4:37
• The duplicates get closed, which does affect my question record. May 2 at 5:07
• Well, I am wrong (sorry), but making the question good matters much more, see Does marking an earlier question as a duplicate of a newer one harm the asker?, and also meta.stackexchange.com/questions/292248 and meta.stackexchange.com/questions/251825 May 2 at 5:21
• Could you clarify what you mean by "positive question record"? Are you asking in connection with possibility of a question ban? Or do you mean the question record used in the calculation of the Curious, Inquisitive and Socratic badge? May 2 at 5:24
• For the badges. May 2 at 5:38
• ah. In which case, I completely misunderstood, sorry. May 2 at 5:42
• Because it's weird. New questions are for new posts. Chill out and you'll have a better time and fewer things to complain about on meta. May 2 at 5:51
• You don't need no stinkin' badges. May 2 at 9:45
• Note that this question was answered in the comments in your other question. May 2 at 18:25
• In case Gerry Myerson's reference is lost on someone (unlikely, but still): Stinking badges - Wikipedia. May 3 at 13:30