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I was wondering the other day if Prof. Snape could have healed George's ear, since he was able to heal the cut from Harry's Sectumsempra.

I found that the question had already been asked and answered here.

However, the (then) accepted answer clearly doesn't answer the question, and is simply stating what the OP in the question wanted to find the reason for.

If I ask whether Snape would have been able to heal George's ear, it will almost certainly be closed as a duplicate of the above mentioned question, as even typing George Snape ear in the question title box brings up that question as a suggestion.

But as you can see, the accepted answer clearly doesn't answer the question.

What should happen in this case?

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    Make a new question. State in your question how that answer doesn't answer your question. Well make the linked question a duplicate of your question. – Edlothiad Jun 15 '17 at 12:01
  • If you feel the current answer is inadequate, downvote it to obscurity and/or leave a comment explaining why it doesn't answer the question. – ibid Jun 15 '17 at 16:49
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    I started a bounty for you. Hope it helps. – ibid Jun 15 '17 at 20:04
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    There is currently no accepted answer to the question; Mooz must have unaccepted it since you made this meta post. – Rand al'Thor Jun 15 '17 at 21:59
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    Honestly, I don't remember why I accepted that particular answer to begin with. It might have been in my days where I accepted everything. – Möoz Jun 15 '17 at 22:35
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    @Mooz Ah. To be young and able to click freely. – DCOPTimDowd Jun 15 '17 at 23:23
  • @Randal'Thor - Does status-completed apply here? – ibid Jun 15 '17 at 23:29
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    @ibid I wouldn't say so. The OP isn't asking for something to happen, they're just asking what their options are :) – Möoz Jun 15 '17 at 23:42
  • Ask about it on meta and get it into Hot Meta Posts. Enough people will see your meta post that links to the question, and someone will probably answer it. – g.rocket Jun 23 '17 at 0:12
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You have a few options.

  1. Start a bounty. A few of the bounty reasons are applicable. Authoritative Reference Needed, Canonical Answer Required, and Improve Details would all make sense in this situation.

  2. Open a new question, and be very clear in your question why your question is different. This is likely to draw VTC - dupes, and not in your favor. The exact question was asked. You're going to want to be more specific and detailed in your question and be ready to explain to VTC'ers why it shouldn't be duped.

Honestly, I'd just start a new bounty. This is exactly what bounties are for, and will result in less arguments. I'd also suggest talking to Mooz. He's an active user - both on the site and in chat. Find out why he thought the question was sufficiently answered. He may be willing to unaccept, or change the accepted answer if a new one comes in.

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    Don't talk to me, I'm grumpy AF and might bite you :p – Möoz Jun 15 '17 at 23:41
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    @Mooz well, it's a good thing I didn't say, "he's a nice guy" like I almost did. – phantom42 Jun 16 '17 at 1:53

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