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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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List of chatrooms

This is a place where we could collect list of chat rooms associated with this site. There are several rooms which have potential to be useful if more users were aware of them or more users visited ...
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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A question on an answer made by a user who is no longer active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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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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Is it okay to comment on others' answers for asking for explanation?

I often find myself waiting on the homepage of, 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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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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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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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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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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How do I reference another question and is it OK to post a question as a comment/answer on another question that relates to that question.

A quick meta question, if I have a question that relates to another question, as this one does, do I post it as a comment? If not, how do I reference this question in my question? Thanks.
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What to do with old questions whose only 'complete' answerer gives no clarification?

I've had a few questions where I only received one response, and while they answered my question (at least partially), I had some doubts about it, and left a comment (while upvoting, but not accepting ...
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How do I ask questions about a person's answer?

For the post Fundamental group of projective plane is $C_{2}$???, I think there is a mistake in Amos Joshua's answer: If you rotate the 1 2 loop, it will no longer be connected to the 3 4 loop, and a ...
Tychus Findlay's user avatar
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Not understanding the answer to a question, make a new question?

I may not be good at using the search feature, so I couldn't find a duplicate of this. Question: If I do not understand the answer to one of my questions, and the answerer disappears(or he has been ...
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What to do when there are conflicting answers and I still don't know the correct answer to a question?

I want to know the answer of an already posted question. I did this(following link) and supposedly I was wrong. What to do? What is the correct answer to this answered combinatorics problem?
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Question from years ago

I have the exact same question as this :Sum of projections This was asked in 2011- I have asked my own question about it in the comments (you can see the comments) but sadly the original asker is ...
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Bounty or new question?

Suppose, I need a clarification on a question. Should I place a bounty on the question I need clarification on and ask the answerers to make their post more informative or should I post another ...
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Am I breaking the community rule?

If I have a question which has been posted here in MSE before, and if, after following the hints give by someone there I still got stuck, can I post the problem again without getting branded as "...
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If I have a question that has already been answered, but I don't understand the answer and the thread seems to be dead, how do I ask?

My post here was closed. I have the same question as another user but I do not understand the accepted answer. To me, it appears incomplete. It is missing details which I do not know how to fill in. ...
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Referencing answer given on SE

Recently I asked the math.SE community my first question (link), after a few minutes an experienced used resolved my issue with a smooth answer. But my problem is that this question was derived from ...
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Duplicate question with a not satisfying answer

What should I do if I have a question that's been already asked and answered years ago but I don't get the answer? Should I ask a new question and link the old one?
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how and where you can ask for clarification of a complicated answer

I don't fully understand this answer, how and where is it better for me to ask a question with a request to explain?
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Number of links in the question

How many links to the other MathSE questions may I put in my question? Is it allowed to make with these links a context for the given question?
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Can I ask a question for clarification of an answer?

Suppose that I received a somehow terse answer or an answer which is a little bit beyond my level, and that I would like to understand the answer in some more detail. Is it appropriate to ask a ...
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What to do when I don't understand an answer and author don't reply?

What to do when I don't understand an answer and author don't reply? Solve for x $ \sin 30° \sin x \sin 10° = \sin 20° \sin ({80°-x}) \sin 40° $ So someone answered my ...
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How can I comment in a answer which the owner doesn't exist anymore?

My question is very simple, I'm trying to understand this answer and I would like to ask to the answerer more details how to prove it and what he means by reduce module $g$, the problem is the user is ...
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Alternatives to "Necro-Followups"?

Hi All: I have asked a few "necro-followups" , i.e., followup questions , as comments, to questions that have been answered a few months, some times even years back. I have done this in part to avoid ...
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How should I respond to old questions that I find but don't fully answer what I'm looking for?

I seem to find a lot of older questions that address what I wish to ask (and seem to be answered) but do not completely clarify an answer to my question. I don't want to start a new one just to ...
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If you had a question about someone's answer to not your question, is it better to comment or make a new question?

If you had a question about someone's answer to not your question from 7 years ago by an active user, is it better to comment or make a new question? The problem is they have no incentive to answer ...
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Question about questions on topics

If I have a question related to an already asked question, but I want clarification, how should I go about asking this? Should I make a new question? Thank you
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Duplicate question doubt

I want to know an answer and concept of a question but it's similar version has been asked about 4 times before atleast 3 to 4 years ago. I have been unable to understand the answer given as well as ...
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