The following scenario;

  • You have the same problem as a previous asker, or a highly similar one.
  • The previous answer has a working, accepted solution... 8 years ago.
  • Things have changed (software updates breaking configuration, for example), and the solution is now different.
  • You don't know the new solution yourself.

Attempting to ask the same question will in all likelyhood get quickly closed as a duplicate.

Trying to comment on the answer relies on the user that first answered still being active on the site.

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Generally the same applies as with any other problem, you ask a good question that includes:

  • What are you trying to do?
  • What have you tried in order to make it happen?
  • What results did you expect?
  • What actually happened?

Where in step 2 you add something along the lines :

I found [link to this old Q&A] that describes a similar problem but that solution there is not applicable (anymore) because of [reasons].

That generally prevents people from closing your question as a duplicate and shows that you're a professional that has done some research and/or tried a solution before asking the internet for help.

Adding the link to the old Q&A in your own question has the added benefit that your question will (usually) also appear reciprocally in the "Linked" column of that old Q&A , directing people that found the old Q&A to your newer question. A good title for your own new question helps in that regard.

An example of this in practice is this Q&A about the reliability of SSD drives (from 2009) where the top Linked Q&A is Are SSD drives as reliable as mechanical drives (2013)?

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In addition to what's explained HBrujin's excellent answer, it's worth mentioning bounties.

Bounties allows you to give an explanation for why you're setting the bounty - and up to date answers is a legit reason for bountying a question.


A question should not be closed merely because someone else has asked it.

Questions should be closed when an answer on another question provides a working solution to your question. (This also includes posted questions different from your question that have an answer which answers your question.)

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