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Should a question that gets linked to... "get a bump"... for it's ability to stand the test of time, answer most - if not all - there is to say on a topic, and that manifests itself as something that people ask, time, and time again?

At worst, it would create a "cheap" incentive to write more canonical questions.. with a best-case scenario being flocks of new OCD-sufferers - relentlessly dupe-checking and cross-referencing ad nauseum..

Maybe it could go both ways - as in - even though both the linking, and the linked to questions touched on the same overall "topic" - they both were allowed to exist independently... and both deserve a few points?

Just an idea.

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You don't mean automatic upvotes, do you? – Time Traveling Bobby Sep 19 '11 at 11:32
    
No, automatic reputation for the OP. – alex gray Sep 19 '11 at 15:33
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I don't think any additional "bumping" is necessary.

A small amount of bumping happens naturally:

  • people (hopefully) check if the linked-to question is indeed a duplicate,
  • people who find (or asked!) the initial question look at the linked-to question for answers and
  • those who link to the linked-to question might want to polish it a bit (I do that occasionally, as I don't like to "close as duplicate" of a badly phrased or ill-formatted question).
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Thanks for the answer. Jees, this is a tough crowd, lol. – alex gray Feb 4 '12 at 22:33

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