Some months ago, this question Who were the children of Jacob Fisher and Sarah Hodges? was asked, closed and not re-opened after a meta-discussion about how it could be improved, although it had two answers, one of which (wholly coincidentally) answers the question in its final form (by listing the children asked about). The question was then deleted at the OP's request.
Yesterday this question was asked by the same OP: Jacob Fisher and Sarah Hodges (married in 1773 in Sharon, MA) - who were their childen?.
Should I have closed it as a duplicate and offered (as I did) to re-open the original one edited to match the new one?
Or should I have done something else?
My reasoning for doing what I did:
Two people put significant effort into answering the original question and ought to have that work recognised and visible.
Nobody should have to repeat the work that had already been done when answering the original question, although they might choose to build on it.
The OP may not have realised it was possible to resuscitate a deleted question.
Leaving the new question open sets a dangerous precedent -- if the community has decided to close a question, in what circumstances is it right to re-ask it in almost exactly the same words?
However, there may be a better solution that balances the interests of the OP, those who answered the original question and the site as a whole, and I'd be delighted to hear it.
ETA: At the suggestion of jmort253, I've merged the old question into the new.