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?

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    $\begingroup$ 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 $\endgroup$ May 2, 2022 at 4:37
  • $\begingroup$ The duplicates get closed, which does affect my question record. $\endgroup$ May 2, 2022 at 5:07
  • $\begingroup$ 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 $\endgroup$ May 2, 2022 at 5:21
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    $\begingroup$ 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? $\endgroup$ May 2, 2022 at 5:24
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    $\begingroup$ For the badges. $\endgroup$ May 2, 2022 at 5:38
  • $\begingroup$ ah. In which case, I completely misunderstood, sorry. $\endgroup$ May 2, 2022 at 5:42
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    $\begingroup$ 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. $\endgroup$ May 2, 2022 at 5:51
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    $\begingroup$ You don't need no stinkin' badges. $\endgroup$ May 2, 2022 at 9:45
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    $\begingroup$ Note that this question was answered in the comments in your other question. $\endgroup$ May 2, 2022 at 18:25
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    $\begingroup$ In case Gerry Myerson's reference is lost on someone (unlikely, but still): Stinking badges - Wikipedia. $\endgroup$ May 3, 2022 at 13:30

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If you have a new question, ask it in a new post. It is inappropriate to replace a closed post with a different question, particularly when others have taken time to comment and/or answer the initial question.

The same goes for any post badly received, whether or not closed. Do not subject helpful users to a moving target, no longer relevant to input others took the time to give you.

I add this only because the substance of your question has not been answered directly; but all the input above, is invaluable, as well.


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