I'm still fairly new to code golf, but I've run into this problem quite a bit already (in part because I'm new, I imagine). I'll find a challenge I think I can tackle and work up a solution. When I go to submit it, I find not only has the language I selected already been used, but the current submission in it is less bytes than my answer.
By the general rule/consensus I read somewhere (can't seem to find it now): if your language has already been used, you should only post your answer if it's a significantly different process or a better score. I understand this, but the community edit/suggestion process has been my primary way of improving my golfing.
So now I'm stuck with not-so-great answers score-wise. Sometimes they use roughly the same logic as an answer in the same language; other times I can't sufficiently understand the much better scoring answer to determine if what I wrote is just a poorly golfed version of it or not.
I'm aware of the various tips posts which have helped quite a bit, but these obviously can't contain every bit of useful info for my specific answer.
What should I do with poor-scoring answers in languages that have already been used that I want help golfing?