I have a question that is suggested as a duplicate and says I should edit the question to make it non-duplicative. If I feel it is not a dup, but I feel the question already, as written, is not a dup, what is the procedure in such as a case? Do I edit and make a trivial change to touch it? Or maybe comment on it? Please advise.

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    Make it clear why the suggested duplicate does not answer your question. Best to do it by editing your question, though sometimes a clear and well-argued comment is enough. Yes, this does necessarily entail reading, digesting, and internalizing both the other question and all its answers. Note that "that's a general rule and I don't want to do the thoughtwork of applying it to my specific scenario" generally does not hold water as a defense. The best defense is typically "here's why that general rule does NOT apply to the scenario I'm asking about, due to these specific details...".
    – Dan Bron
    Feb 4, 2016 at 0:09
  • There's only one close-to-vote vote so far. Follow Dan's advice and comment to the closer if needed.
    – Mitch
    Feb 4, 2016 at 0:42
  • I didn't see it as a duplicate. Feb 4, 2016 at 1:49
  • It is a duplicate in a sense that you don't need to hyphenate shoulder + width. You quoted the rule and the rule applies to your question. Shoulder width is not unusual nor ambiguous and has only one meaning and is not context-dependent, either. The hyphen is . . . used in writing compound words which, without the hyphen, would be ambiguous, hard to read or overly long is the answer to your question.
    – user140086
    Feb 4, 2016 at 4:32
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    Incidentally I'm having the same problem here: english.stackexchange.com/q/304302/105642 No idea what to do, so I am looking forward to an answer.
    – anemone
    Feb 4, 2016 at 16:38


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