I asked a question and it was never actually directly answered. I did get one response that featured an alternative to the problem, but it didn't answer the question directly. I am wondering what is the appropriate way to ask the question anew or to somehow make the question become active again without offending the moderators?
The steps I would follow are:
- Unmark the currently accepted answer
- Edit the question to make it clearer, or to get a more focused answer
- Offer a bounty
Once done a step, I would wait some days before doing the next one.
- Since you accepted an answer, the question doesn't appear between the answers without an accepted answer. Those who look for questions to answer would not find your question in the list they probably look when they want to answer. Even in the case somebody would notice your question, they would not try to answer it, since you accepted an answer, which probably tell them that you already moved over to a different issue.
- When editing the question to get a more focused answer, the meaning of the question should not be changed so much that the given answers don't apply anymore. For example, you could incorporate the information you have given in comments, especially those that have been given for an answer.