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What should I do when, after posting an answer, I'm asked in a comment for further clarifications and/or a different solution (but still in-topic) and I don't know anything more?

Should I answer that I don't know or should I just leave it at that? The etiquette in this site is different from that which usually applies in forums...

  • Does the answer in question still, in your opinion, answer the question as originally posed? – Joseph Wright Jan 26 '14 at 17:18
  • @JosephWright: I posted it because I thought so, but actually I gave only a partial answer. This is the post I'm talking about. (Sorry, I made a mess with past comments, I didn't want to be a bother.) – Pier Paolo Jan 26 '14 at 17:52
  • Use comments to get the unknown further information. Comments are meant for further followup and clarification or even invite the User(If willing) to the Chatroom to avoid long comment history. – texenthusiast Jan 26 '14 at 19:47
  • @texenthusiast: the problem is that I posted an answer, but I don't know how to answer the question asked in a comment of my answer. – Pier Paolo Jan 26 '14 at 19:55
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    Option 1. Mention what's missing in your answer as note and improve later, It's no sin to say I don't know, I know this much, but I will improve(If you wish so). Option 2. If you don't feel good, delete the answer and Post an answer once you find it that matches OP requirements. – texenthusiast Jan 26 '14 at 20:01
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    In addition to @texenthusiast 's nice classification, the options are not equally weighted. Delete the answer only if you are really sure that it can't fly for anybody. Often I gather fragments from partial answers in a few questions for my final fix/solution. Besides, just say, I can't see right away how but I'll come back to this and please come back if you find a way :) – percusse Jan 26 '14 at 22:17

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