Awhile back someone asked this question about losing properties when copying files. User Diamond made a guess at what the issue was and his answer was accepted. I recently ran into what looked a similar issue and searched around for information about what properties would be lost. I didn't find anything on google but did see this other question. Reading the question and answer I saw that it didn't really answer my question. The accepted answer guessed at why the message was showing but had no information about what properties would actually be removed.
I had a couple of options at this point:
- I could edit the question trying to add more detail and asking for a more detailed answer in the hopes that it would be seen and answered. I considered it unlikely, that even if other superuser users saw the question, they would bother to answer given that it already had an accepted answer. Plus if someone gave a better answer I couldn't change the accepted answer since it wasn't my question the best I could do would be to add one upvote.
- I could edit the question and add a bounty. Same issues as the first option given that there was an accepted answer I think less people would try and add info. Also I don't have a ton of rep. I see the bounty system useful if you are a high rep person with tons of rep (of which I am not) or need an answer to a critical question. While I really wanted to know if I was losing anything important with the copy it wasn't critical.
- I could create a new question to solicit new and better answers. So I created a new question and did receive an answer that actually answered the question. With the utility linked in the case I confirmed that a Mac on my network had used the alternative streams feature of NTFS to store extra info which I was fine with losing in the copy.
Shortly afterwards my question was closed as a duplicate. I don't know if duplicates get deleted at some point but if they do it would be a shame as I feel my question actually has the better (and correct) answer. I understand the desire to keep duplicates out of the system but it seems like in my case it was the only way to get a better answer.
Are there other options for getting an better answer to an accepted question/answer? It seems to me that most SuperUser users focus on new questions and that asking new questions is the way to get quick answers.