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What to do if my question is very similar to another but isn't answered there? [duplicate]

I have a doubt about the following: Suppose I want to ask some question, but Math.SE already has one that is very similar (say 90% similar). The chances that my question will be closed as duplicate ...
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Can I ask a duplicate question? [duplicate]

Can someone ask a question that has already answers (has been asked)? One reason of asking a duplicate question is: the OP does not understand the answers provided already.
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Is it appropriate to ask more details in a question asked years ago which was not even my question? [duplicate]

So I wanted to ask a question but it was already explained and answered earlier however I want to ask further as a new question would be a duplicate.So is it appropriate to ask on a question active ...
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Is it appropriate to ask “dumb” questions.

As I found, most people asking really smart questions. But what if I have a "dumb" question. When I simply don't understand something or even don't understand some answers. More specifically, can I ...
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A question on an answer made by a user who is no longer active

I saw an answer in a old thread that I do not understand. I made a comment yesterday asking the user to explain a particular step. But I realize now that the thread is old and the user is no longer ...
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Is it okay to comment on others' answers for asking for explanation?

I often find myself waiting on the homepage of math.stackexchange.com, searching if there's a question I can answer. However, if I find a question (not posted by me), which is interesting for me, then ...
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Does that count as defacement?

I noticed that there is a recent habit of a particular user to edit old questions and add his own questions on the topic instead of opening a new question. I suppose that this is a precaution to ...
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What to do if my question is already made?

Suppose I have a question that is already made, but it has been there from a long time and without no answer. If I want to bring that question to the top as every new question by users, the only way I ...
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Old Questions that Answer Your Own

I was about to ask a question on the Mathematics page when I noticed it had already been asked(3 months ago). I looked at it and found the answer didn't clarify the situation for me. Do I post my own ...
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Suggestions for examples of well-asked questions

I am posting this question as a place where we could collect various examples of good questions together with explanations what makes them good. (Feel free to choose the format you like best. I will ...
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What to do when one wants to “revive” a question

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 ...
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Does our site need a blog like a few sites on the network have?

Does our site need a blog like a few sites on our network have? To me this question is a compact version of the following sub-questions: What do we use the blog for, if we had one? TeX. SX has a ...
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Reasking a MathOverflow question

I have basically the same question to ask as this MathOverflow question. I have seen what Tyler says there - I've been playing with it for a few days and unable to work it all out. I thought about ...
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How to deal with a case where one answer says “there is no solution possible” and another answer shows one?

In this question the OP asks for a solution for the problem: Find all $f(x)$ satisfying $ f(f(x)) = x^2-2$. One answer squarely states, that no solution exists (and even gives a reference to a ...
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Closing Questions for Low Reputation Users

Today I found myself in a bit of a discussion (if I'm being honest, it seemed more like an argument) with a user who closed a question. I am reasonably new to contributing to the site, and the user ...

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