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I've noticed recently, when viewing questions that have obviously been asked before, people spend about half of the question trying to explain how the question shouldn't be closed as a duplicate. It comes off like they're just trying to avoid the research.

Examples: Allow a user to edit the text in a UITableView cell. http://stackoverflow.com/revisions/9057462/1

Is there anything to be done other than continuing to mark them as duplicates?

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Ignore their comments and vote to close them. Eventually they will learn that their impassioned pleas are ineffective. Or they won't, and they'll end up with a low-quality ban. –  Aarobot Feb 1 '12 at 3:37
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Yes, except that we generally go through great pains to tell people that if they think their problem just isn't quite the same as the one already posted, they're supposed create a new question, link to the not-a-duplicate question, and explain why it's not. Now we're going to just close them anyway. If I recall, the "close as duplicate" was supposed to be a fairly rare occurrence. –  Al E. Feb 1 '12 at 5:16
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there's a feature-request: Don't close questions where the user has requested that it not be closed –  gnat Feb 1 '12 at 9:20

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Edit non-relevant text out of the question. Leave in the bits that actually aid good answers ("this other question is different because...")

I went ahead and edited one of the questions you linked to, but left in a bit of relevant information.

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But only if it really is a duplicate. If it's not, they have a good reason to try and point out the differences. –  Bill the Lizard Feb 1 '12 at 3:30
    
I agree, @Bill, and that's how I tried to edit the question in question. –  Michael Petrotta Feb 1 '12 at 3:32

Well, in this specific case I feel like they were giving an explanation, perhaps a valid one, for why their question is not a duplicate. If this is the case I see nothing wrong with it. With the overwhelming number of questions on SO it can be difficult to ask a question that isn't already covered. Explaining why your question isn't just another duplicate might actually be necessary at this point.

If it was just a pointless "plz dnt close" then that's another issue altogether.

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