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I have previously asked a question and got the answer but I not got another question which is based on the previous question. How do I post that, should I post another new one or edit the previous question and remove "accepted answer"?

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Post a new one. There's no reason to remove the accepted answer; that's just unfair.

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  • $\begingroup$ Okay, can I ask the answered person through "comment" option. posting the extended question?? $\endgroup$ – Surya Jan 29 '12 at 6:07
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    $\begingroup$ @Surya: It would be better to post the new question separately and link to the old question. $\endgroup$ – Qiaochu Yuan Jan 29 '12 at 6:10
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    $\begingroup$ Additionally, to mention the existence of the new question (and to link to it) in a comment to the old one seems a good idea. $\endgroup$ – Did Jan 29 '12 at 9:58
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    $\begingroup$ It is often not easy to give an appropriate answer in a comment: not enough space. A new question is usually best. $\endgroup$ – André Nicolas Sep 10 '12 at 6:04
  • $\begingroup$ @QiaochuYuan: Where does fairness come into it? Having a tick beside your answer doesn't somehow make it "more correct" or "better" than other answers. A correct answer is a correct answer whether it is accepted or not. The tick just makes it more convenient for people reading the question later (and anyway, better answers are usually reflected through the number of votes). $\endgroup$ – user1729 Sep 11 '12 at 10:38
  • $\begingroup$ @user: you misinterpreted me. I mean that there's no reason to penalize the person whose answer you previously accepted because your question is now different. If your question is different, you should ask a different question, not take away points from the person who answered your old question. $\endgroup$ – Qiaochu Yuan Sep 11 '12 at 17:45
  • $\begingroup$ @QiaochuYuan: I understand why you are saying: I just do not like the use of the words "penalise" and "unfair". I feel you are putting an emphasis on reputation, as if the whole point in being here is to bump up these points. (I doubt that is what you actually feel, and I don't disagree with the sentiment of your post, I just wanted to say that reputation isn't everything.) $\endgroup$ – user1729 Sep 12 '12 at 11:17
  • $\begingroup$ @user: of course it's not everything, but it's something. It's easy to be disdainful of reputation, but that's ignoring the real psychological effect that it has on users in the aggregate. $\endgroup$ – Qiaochu Yuan Sep 12 '12 at 16:50
  • $\begingroup$ @QiaochuYuan: Sure, but one or two questions are not going to make a difference. $\endgroup$ – user1729 Sep 12 '12 at 18:31

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