A question asks about case A. All the answers explain the rule with respect to cases A and B which have the same rule (or at least no one has yet to find a distinction). Is it appropriate to generalize the question post facto to ask about A and B, or leave the question alone because it is technically perfectly fine as is?

| |
  • 2
    This question could be improved by a specific example. – Ze'ev misses Monica Jul 22 '12 at 23:19
  • 1
    @Ze'evFelsen Actually I disagree. I think we should agree on a theory and debate its application in each circumstance. Any example I give will bias answers in a certain way. Besides, maybe no example exists yet? – Double AA Jul 22 '12 at 23:22
  • 2
    Downvoter, what are you disagreeing with? That we should discuss this? I didn't take a stand in the question. – Double AA Jul 22 '12 at 23:22
  • The official SE answer to this is yes. I'll see if I can find the blog post. – Hod - Monica's Army Jul 22 '12 at 23:24
  • @HodofHod That would be quite helpful of you. (And see my above comment about 'yes' being ambiguous here.) – Double AA Jul 22 '12 at 23:25
  • @HodofHod Do you know where the blog is? Lo.Yodeya has disappeared – b a Jul 22 '12 at 23:52
  • 1
    @ba I referred to the SE blog, see my answer below. As to the blog formerly at lo.yodeya, I don't know. – Hod - Monica's Army Jul 22 '12 at 23:53
  • an example: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/17977/… – Menachem Jul 23 '12 at 21:56
  • @Menachem I was just thinking that. Go ahead! – Double AA Jul 23 '12 at 23:18
  • @DoubleAA: I just voted the older one as a dupe of the newer one. – Menachem Jul 23 '12 at 23:25

From the StackExchange Blog:

The editing feature is there so that old question/answer pairs can get better and better. For every person who asks a question and gets an answer on Stack Overflow, hundreds or thousands of people will come read that conversation later. Even if the original asker got a decent answer and moved on, the question lives on and may continue to be useful for decades.


It is OK to edit a question to make it more general. With the power of editing comes the power to take someone’s selfish, very specific question, and edit it a little bit until they’re asking the more general question that hundreds of people encounter. For example, if someone asks, “I set up a web server at home but I can’t access it from work,” it’s OK to rewrite the question as, “What things should I check when a web server running at home is not visible on the Internet?” In fact, sometimes selfish, stupid questions of the “do my homework” variety can be easily edited into a form where the answer will provide an extremely valuable resource for the internet at large.

| |
  • 1
    This doesn't seem to address when the answers were already given to the question (which would make the answers less applicable) – b a Jul 22 '12 at 23:54
  • @ba Made it clearer. Please read the whole blog post. – Hod - Monica's Army Jul 22 '12 at 23:58

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .