I asked a question with a straightforward title and a mostly straightforward body, and got a straightforward answer, which I accepted because they answered the question as I wrote it.

But I failed to make in clear I was interested in more than just that narrow answer. Perhaps a better question would have been "What are all the ways to heal a living construct?" or "How can we make up for a Warforged's lack of healing?"

Should I go back and edit the question to broaden it, or should I ask a new question? The base question seems to stand on it's own but it's answer would be encompassed by the broader question.


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Ask a new question, definitely. When the question changes substantially, it's cleaner and preferred to make a new question.

The existing question is done and editing it now would create a bit of a mess, what with an answer already being accepted and answering a different question. Further, the question is a decent one by itself, so although it might not be the one you meant to ask, it's a good question and doesn't deserve deletion.

For the new question, note that of the two example titles you floated, one is much better than the other. "How can we make up for a Warforged's lack of healing?" describes your actual problem: the Warforged's lack of healing.

Meanwhile, "What are all the ways to heal a living construct?" is pretty general, and there's no guarantee that it will even solve your problem as it's likely to get answers along the lines of "well construct X can be healed by X1, construct Y can be healed by Y1 and Y2..." with perhaps none of them mentioning Warforged! You could end up in the same place again, with good answers to a solid question, but nothing that actually helps your actual situation.

So if you post a new question, it should be along the lines of "How can we make up for a Warforged's lack of healing?" That's a good title to start from to write a nicely focused question that will solve the problem you're actually facing.

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    Commented Aug 2, 2014 at 18:58

I would open a new one, starting with something on the line of "I asked in a previous question about using craft to repair constructs. Are there other ways..." and so on. I don't know if there's a site policy on that but it looks not like a duplicate to me


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