I asked How do I progress with this death record? and accepted an answer. Since then I have undertaken the great suggestions and while not fully resolved, I have progressed somewhat. Am I able to use the question to report back my results or would this be extra 'chatter'?

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Absolutely!

I've done that quite often over at Stack Overflow. When I finally solve my problem, or find a better solution, I go back and add a followup to my question.

See, for example this question, where I later added an "edit" and then finally a "conclusion".

It is what makes a question complete. You get the question, a number of answers, an accepted answer, and the final reasoning/thoughts of the person who originally asked the question.

It should not be used to restart the conversation, but just to complete it.

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+1 because I could not agree more. What I like to see are clear Questions with clear Answers - the first draft of either is rarely going to be the best possible. –  PolyGeo Jan 25 '13 at 8:46
    
I'd also add if you do have new questions based on your results, ask them in a new question, not as an "update" on the old question. –  American Luke Jan 25 '13 at 13:49
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