Just came across an unanswered question for which I am close to finding an answer, but not yet 100%. Unfortunately, I am also stuck as to why my solution is buggy.

This let me to wonder what is the best to do in such a case:

  • Provide an incomplete answer, hoping that someone else will improve it to be bug free / answer 100% of the OP's question, but unfortunately also decreasing the question's visibility by removing its "0 answer" status, or
  • Do not post an answer, but post a new question with the (generalized) specific bug I encountered and returning with a complete answer if/when my own issue is solved, or
  • Do not post anything, hoping someone else will solve the OP's question better than me?
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    I would say, post an answer and open a new question about the issue you're encountering with your solution.
    – Jake
    Jun 20 '13 at 3:02
  • and even make the posted answer as community wiki incase you wish so with a reference to new question of unresolved bug as Jake suggested. Jun 20 '13 at 3:06
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    I've been in the same situation and have gone with option 2: ask a question, learn something new, then come back and post a complete working answer to the original question.
    – Scott H.
    Jun 20 '13 at 5:59
  • Other option: We're not rep-hunters, so you can post it CW and some egreg or David Carlisle come, solve it and edit it directly ;)
    – yo'
    Jun 20 '13 at 13:29
  • I've had similar quandary when trying to answer a question to only discover there's a deeper difficulty. How should the new question be posted? There seems to be something awkward about posting a question that I might never have had except for trying to answer someone else's question.
    – A.Ellett
    Jun 21 '13 at 5:48
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    If in doubt, post it. I don't think that the visibility issue counts much. And if you're really worried you can mention it in chat. Posting a follow-up question will actually increase the visibility of the original question. To A.Ellett's awkwardness I would say: don't feel awkward. I've posted questions like that that I wouldn't have thought of by myself and never felt that I shouldn't do so. Jun 21 '13 at 9:05
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    In my opinion post a new question and add the link to the new question as a comment in the original one
    – Red
    Jun 28 '13 at 9:22
  • @Jake: Perhaps you could write up an answer that includes your (and others') comments?
    – Werner Mod
    Jul 25 '14 at 6:17

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