I'm looking for a better answer to this very old question: How can you write queries in a Google spreadsheet so that the columns are kept up to date?

How do I get new attention on it to farm better responses? I've done my own research and can't find a better way, nor can I find novel answers to questions that are similar enough.

I just feel like this question has a better answer than the one accepted. Do I create a new, duplicate question asking for answers filtered more specifically to my use case? (Probably bad to create dupes.) Do I post a comment on that old question to bump it? Do I just accept that answer as canon since nobody has contributed a new one in several years?

  • Why do you feel that the related question has a better answer? What do you don't like of the accepted answer?
    – Rubén Mod
    Aug 11, 2016 at 0:00
  • Reasons I don't like the answer (all obviously just my opinion): Adding "parameter" cells that are referenced in lots of places makes it larger and potentially slower. Updating the list of cell refs and the named range attached to them is prone to developer error. A note is required to teach devs (me) why I put this column of letters in the sheet and how it's used; no such "comment" can be left in the formulas, though. An ignorant edit will break them.
    – Stobber
    Aug 11, 2016 at 19:39
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    Take a look webapps.stackexchange.com/a/87913/88163
    – Rubén Mod
    Aug 12, 2016 at 12:34
  • I just posted an answer to the related question: webapps.stackexchange.com/a/97545/88163
    – Rubén Mod
    Aug 13, 2016 at 22:27

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The best way to garner attention to an old question, including one that needs a refresh on the answers, is to post a bounty. There's even an option for a bounty reason to 'get a more up-to-date answer' (paraphrased).

A bounty requires a minimum of 75 reputation points, so that option is not open to you at this time.

(For more information, see Getting attention for unanswered questions?)

You could edit the question (or one of the answers), which will cause the question to return to the front page. If you do that, though, be sure that it's a real, helpful, edit. Editing simply to bump a question is frowned upon (and could get your privileges curtailed if abused). But that doesn't mean it'll necessarily get any more attention.

Don't create a duplicate question, unless you can show that your question differs from the original in some significant way. Otherwise, it'll simply be closed as a duplicate of the original.

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    I've decided the question is interesting enough that I've decided to spend some of my reputation on a bounty. Don't expect, though, that asking someone to put on a bounty for you is a viable path.
    – ale
    Aug 10, 2016 at 12:47

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