Prior to posting a question on MSE, I often find a similar question that's been asked, but doesn't have a solution I'm looking for or the solutions are written for a more mathematically mature person or for one of many other reasons. Sometimes I end up posting my question, but it still gets marked as a duplicate; other times I just end up not posting because I don't want to be associated with posting many duplicates.

I was thinking of a bounty, but to do so on several questions...Well, I don't have many rep points to begin with.

And I don't want to edit the post just to bump it up as I know that can cause some moderators to be unhappy.

How then can I bring attention to the question?

I wasn't quite sure how to search for this type of question, so I hope this isn't a duplicate (no pun intended).

  • $\begingroup$ This seems related: Clarify an old answer $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 27, 2013 at 9:07
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    $\begingroup$ Is there a thread or something which summarizes what "irritates" the moderators? I would be curious about such information, and I don't think it is fully covered by the faq. For instance, I could not find there that it is not ok to edit old questions to bump them up, for whatever reason. $\endgroup$
    – Julien
    Commented Apr 27, 2013 at 15:39
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    $\begingroup$ @julien: I don't think these things have much to do with the moderators themselves, it's more of what are the community norms regarding particular things. I don't think there is any codex of the sort. $\endgroup$
    – Asaf Karagila Mod
    Commented Apr 27, 2013 at 17:56

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You can post your question, point out that a very similar one has been asked before but it does not contain the answer you are looking for.

Explain why it doesn't contain the answer you want, and also what sort of answer would satisfy you.

In such case I don't think your post would get closed as a duplicate, and if it does you can always ask for reopening on meta, by pointing out your explanation.


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