# How to respond to a pool of existing poorly worded questions without creating a duplicate?

What's the right way to post a self-answered question on a topic which underlies many existing questions?

Consider in particular a case wherein many questions have been posed about Topic X. These questions are not particularly well written because the askers are not themselves experts in Topic X and so don't really know what they're asking about. Answers have been given, but for the most part suffer a lack of precision inherited from the relatively aimless nature of the questions themselves. How does one post a self answered question on Topic X, designed to provide a clear and unifying response to those poorly posed questions, without violating the duplicate rule?

• We have, in the past, closed older questions as duplicates of newer ones that were better formulated/written/answered/etc. This could be one of those cases. – Kyle Kanos Dec 23 '14 at 2:57
• @KyleKanos: Interesting. I did not know that. – DanielSank Dec 23 '14 at 2:58
• As a first option, consider to try to improve (some of) the existing poorly worded questions if possible. This might not be possible without ruining the intent of OP's question. Then a new question is in order. – Qmechanic Mod Dec 23 '14 at 8:39
• Just out of curiousity, what self answered question were you thinking of posting? – John Rennie Dec 24 '14 at 18:36
• @JohnRennie: I really want to clear up all of these questions about quantum measurement, state collapse, and the relationship between interaction/entanglement and measurement. Having dealt with those issues in an intimate lab setting I think I can actually offer a good description which is both enlightening and fairly points out what is known and what is not. – DanielSank Dec 24 '14 at 19:02
• Similar situation here, regarding why speed of light = $3\times 10...$ physics.stackexchange.com/questions/56973/… – innisfree Dec 14 '15 at 6:37
• See the chain of possible duplicates. – innisfree Dec 14 '15 at 6:37