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I'm documenting some test cases and this sentence in particular bothered me:

After the problem was fixed, the test was redone.

The thesaurus wasn't helping much.

Can it be reworded in a better way?

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Hmm, why do the vast majority of questions get downvoted here? –  David Apr 20 '13 at 11:02
    
It's good that you made some research effort, but people may think that the answer is obvious, if you rephrase slightly. –  Bradd Szonye Apr 20 '13 at 11:04
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David: I'd suggest you look harder at the question(s), not the downvote(s). –  J.R. Apr 20 '13 at 12:00
    
Off topic (request for writing advice). –  MετάEd Apr 20 '13 at 13:55
    
As such, you don't redo a test, you only repeat it. "... the test was repeated." –  Kris Apr 20 '13 at 14:37

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Redone is clear and sufficient for speech or notes, but may appear unsophisticated in technical documentation. Consider rewording slightly:

After the problem was fixed, the test was run again.

Also consider active voice, which is slightly less wordy:

After fixing the problem, we ran the test again.

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FYI, using overly simple words instead of better diction is called Buffy Speak in some circles. –  Bradd Szonye Apr 21 '13 at 19:48

A problem needed to be fixed prior to repeating the test.

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It's not clear whether the questioner meant to imply a causal relationship; if so, this is a good answer. –  Bradd Szonye Apr 20 '13 at 10:58
    
@RoDaSm that's slightly changing the meaning of the phrase. I meant that the problem was fixed not that it needed to be fixed. Nevertheless, thanks. –  David Apr 20 '13 at 11:04
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Ah! Now you're getting closer to the gist of why questions get downvoted here. A related question would be, "Why do so many people post questions here asking for help with language, yet provide so little context in their question?" Had you elaborated more about why you were dissatisfied with redone, along with some of the thesaurus entries you linked to but didn't bother to mention, there's a good chance that downvote might have been an upvote instead. It's a bit hard to offer a "better" word when it's not entirely clear what's wrong with the first, other than you are "bothered" by it. –  J.R. Apr 20 '13 at 11:56
    
@J.R. Ok, I'll keep that in mind for the next question, thanks for telling me why. –  David Apr 20 '13 at 17:27
    
@David: Not a problem. Incidentally, if you're really interested in learning more about asking questions that will be well-received by the community, I recommend checking out this user's questions. They are invariably a delight to read, ponder, and follow. –  J.R. Apr 20 '13 at 23:08

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