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I asked How are Animated Objects created? and it was suggested that it was a duplicate of What are the rules for making constructs other than golems?. I can see that they are indeed very similar but I was not happy with the answer on the original question so believe it is right to ask a separate question.

So far the answer I have received on my question does add a little information that wasn't in the original question's answers.

In a case like this is it right to ask a duplicate question?

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No, it's never OK to ask a duplicate question. Bump the old question with an edit, consider leaving a comment, or even better, place a bounty.

If the questions are not truly duplicates, then it's fine. The questions as they are asked are duplicates. But it sounds like your real question is about costing a manual of animate object, which would not be a duplicate. So in this case it's possible asking about your actual problem would solve a variety of issues.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Isn't the site happy with good duplicate questions? It just won't solve his problem because it'll be closed and receive no new answers, but the practice itself isn't frowned upon I think? \$\endgroup\$ – Erik Mar 23 '17 at 6:07
  • \$\begingroup\$ You may have noticed that one of the close reasons is "duplicate..." \$\endgroup\$ – mxyzplk - SE stop being evil Mar 23 '17 at 12:10
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    \$\begingroup\$ That doesn't automatically mean it's an issue, though. stackoverflow.blog/2010/11/16/… \$\endgroup\$ – Erik Mar 23 '17 at 12:13
  • \$\begingroup\$ Not gonna argue about it. Here, we close obvious duplicates. "Not quite the same" is fine. Again, in this case, an extra 20 seconds of the OP rubbing their brain cells together should result in a question about their real problem which is not a dupe. \$\endgroup\$ – mxyzplk - SE stop being evil Mar 23 '17 at 12:16
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    \$\begingroup\$ We should definitely close them; I wasn't saying we should leave them open. Just that asking a duplicate isn't neccesarily bad. They'll be closed for sure, but they are an extra way for google to turn your question into an answer and so not "never OK to ask a duplicate question", just not a good way to obtain fresh answers because it'll be closed. \$\endgroup\$ – Erik Mar 23 '17 at 13:07
  • \$\begingroup\$ "Closed but linked" is actually a reasonably good outcome for prompting better answers when the question really is the same. \$\endgroup\$ – The Nate Apr 11 '17 at 21:44
  • \$\begingroup\$ About the "Bump the old question with an edit" part: which kind of edit? Can't this be seen as intrusive from the original OP? \$\endgroup\$ – Anne Aunyme May 10 '17 at 7:38
  • \$\begingroup\$ One that improves it, and yes if done poorly. \$\endgroup\$ – mxyzplk - SE stop being evil May 10 '17 at 12:36

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