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Should we edit and revise old questions and answers?

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When a question is asked again ( duplicated) would it be good to just re run it?

For starters there might be loads of contributors who havnt seen or even considered the old thread. Original contributors might have more to say on reflection or might even have done a bit of a U turn.

I think in the end were going to have covered so much on this site( and remember its not really that old) that we are going to be going over old stuff again anyway.

Would love to know what people think....of course theres a chance this is who knows.And if its shelved then what the hey....rules is rules.


asked 16 May '11, 12:39

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Monty Riviera

edited 16 May '11, 12:55

Ahh it is a duplicate. should have checked i guess.

(16 May '11, 13:23) Monty Riviera

No, they are not duplicate, read the other question again.

(16 May '11, 15:14) Fairy Princess
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Not sure what the point of re-doing questions would be. Old questions automatically reappear whenever someone adds/edit anything and anyone can add their own answer to any existing question.

The question tags, when used properly, group related questions together by subject area anyway.

Having duplicate questions spreads related answers around and makes them difficult to find. See the comments to Should we edit and revise old questions and answers?

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answered 16 May '11, 13:08

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I see what you mean. I suppose the old thread could be located and then any contributor could then just transfer there thoughts to the old thread.Pity it couldnt just be put on a default and the new thread just "tacked " onto the old. I see the point thou.

(16 May '11, 13:22) Monty Riviera

I had asked in the forum if a question could be featured from the past but the software wont allow it

(16 May '11, 13:46) ursixx

Editing and revising old questions is not the same as asking a question that has been already asked. Featuring questions from the past is not the same as asking a question that has already been asked. Asking a similar question to one that has already been asked is not the same as asking a question that has already been asked.

(17 May '11, 12:18) Fairy Princess
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This is not the same question as in the link that says it may be a duplicate. The other question asks if we should change or revise our answers after they have been posted, but we change our perspective or have more information. The other question addresses the fact that a best answer may have been chosen already. If someone changes their best ansnwer, it may be unchecked because the asker no longer likes the new answer. So this is not a duplicate. And in many cases, neither are some of the questions that have been closed because they are a duplicate.

Now to answer this question, I think that if someone thinks a question may be a duplicate, they should post the link to the possible duplicate so that everybody who is interested can see the other question and answers, leaving the new question open for new answers. I think it is very limiting to close questions because somebody thinks there is a similarity to another question because 1. We don't all see the old questions to give our answer unless we search for it. It's not in the list of new questions for all to answer. 2. As in the case of this question, the person who thinks they are the same could be wrong and we could all miss out on some good answers, just because the question is different a little bit, or a lot. 3. Many of the older answers have a best answer chosen already, which discourages new answers. 4. Sometimes we have new answers, but don't want to go back and change our other answers for various reasons.

So, I think that a link should be placed in the question so that everybody can see the other questiona and answers, but leave the new question open for new answers. I understand that related questions pop up when you go to ask the question, but if you don't like any of the answers and the question is old, we might get new answers since there are new people all the time. I have found that some of the questions I had were already asked, but they were old, I wasn't satisfied with any of the answers and a best answer was chosen. Asking again would have gotten new answers from new people, but if it is going to be closed, then why bother?

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answered 16 May '11, 15:11

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Fairy Princess

edited 16 May '11, 15:18

Very well put and I totally agree. Your last sentence brings it all home.

(16 May '11, 15:24) you

Thank you, Michael.

(16 May '11, 15:32) Fairy Princess

Nicely put FP.Just read ursixx point that software wont allow it. I think i will believe it will do soon.

(16 May '11, 16:18) Monty Riviera

ursixx said it won't allow featuring old questions. That too is different.

(17 May '11, 12:14) Fairy Princess
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