I posted a question that was not well-received: When am I entitled to participate in a stock split? — record date, split date, ex date
Shortly after posting the question above, I posted a second question: How is the "record date" relevant in stock splits?. This question was also poorly received, and was quickly closed as a duplicate of the first. (Note - also deleted by its author. /JTP)
In the meantime, I tried to read as much about stock splits as possible. I learned much that I did not know about when I posted those questions. With hindsight, I agree with the assessment of a user who said that the first question was "overly complicated" and "jibber jabber about pay date, ex date, record date and comparison with stock and cash dividends". I now understand what the "pre-split" price is, and when stocks start to trade at a "post-split" price.
However, even after spending more time learning about stock splits, I still do not understand the "record date". The answer to the first question does not mention anything about the "record date". I also believe that future answers are unlikely to address the "record date" due to other glaring problems in the first question. This leads me to believe that the second question is not a duplicate of the first. I have since edited the second question to hopefully emphasize its relevance to personal finance.
I need advice
- The two questions I asked about stock splits were poorly received (I now see why, at least for the first one)
- I want to ask a question specifically about the meaning of the "record date".
What should I do now? To the best of my ability, I want to avoid posting further "nonsense". Should I post a new question that essentially repeats the second question? Will the moderators consider reopening the second question? Or are such questions unsuitable for this site?