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If the STAB attack is not super effective or ineffective, which does more damage?

Context, good sir, 'tis all about context. STAB gives a 50% boost but your STAB moves will be ineffective against some types, which is when you may opt for coverage moves. Sometimes, however, STAB moves will still be a more powerful option than a super effective move of another kind - for example, STAB Earthquake (150) outranks a super-effective Aerial Ace (120).

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A Super Effective move. Supper Effective moves multiply the attack by 2 to 4 times (200% to 400%), depending on the type combination, while STAB moves only multiply an attack by 0.5 (50%)
"... STAB, is a 50% damage boost of an attack when it is the same type as one of the types of the Pokémon using the attack" (http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Same-type_attack_bonus)

So, If a move does 100 Battle Points (BPs) of Damage normally like the Normal Move Egg Boom then if it is used by a Normal Pokémon like Chansey then the move would deal 150BP.
100BP + 50BP = 150BP
100BP x 50% = 50BP

Were as if you had a Chansey (the Normal type) use the Ground type move Earthquake with 100 BP against a Pikachu (an Electric type that has a weakness to Ground type moves of x2) the damage would be:
100BP x 2 = 200BP

Were as if Golem used Earthquake against Pickachu the damage would be:
(100BP + (100BP x 50%)) x 2 = 300BP

I hope this is the answer you were looking for. Good Luck

thanks! ^-^ I got my answer, super effective does more damage. :P