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After reading a question today I realized it was a possible duplicate of something I posted a few weeks back and earned bounty for. I decided to flag the question and add a link to my question on top

-- Possible Duplication Link

I figured if the post was closed then atleast people can see my previous post.

After an argument with @Erno (who disagreed with my action) he told me to post here.

I see this done all the time. What does everyone think?


Sooooo I thought giving a downvote meant that its a BAD question. This isn't a BAD question. Its a valid question that people DO NOT know the answer to. Im only doing it because I followed others..but whatever.

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For reference: stackoverflow.com/questions/9195177/… – Erno Feb 8 '12 at 15:50
This question in question; including your snarky comments =) – jadarnel27 Feb 8 '12 at 15:50
Ugh....I'm going to stick to programming. – MyKuLLSKI Feb 9 '12 at 5:31

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The duplicate link is added automatically if enough people vote for the question to be closed as a duplicate (or a moderator does so).

You should not add those manually yourself.

You can:

  • Leave a comment with the link, saying you think it's a duplicate. This won't do anything apart from alerting the people viewing the question.
  • Use the "Flag" link, select the "It doesn't belong here" flag reason, then the "Exact duplicate" option. The flag will be visible to 10k users and moderators.
  • Once you get 3k rep, cast a "close as duplicate" vote. (This adds a comment automatically.)

The first two options are not mutually exclusive, you can do both. None of the above options grant you the right to snarky comments.

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Another option is to flag it as a duplicate (if you're under 3K). That's what I do =) – jadarnel27 Feb 8 '12 at 15:56
I think that's what MyKuLLSKI did already. Can't remember if that adds the "possible duplicate" comment or not. – Mat Feb 8 '12 at 15:58
As there is no Duplicate option under flag, you can only flag it using the Other field so an automatic "possible duplicate" comment is hardly possible. – Erno Feb 8 '12 at 16:00
@Erno: no, you can flag as "it doesn't belong here", then "exact dup". – Mat Feb 8 '12 at 16:01
@Mat Correct! Also, it does not add the "possible duplicate" comment automatically. – jadarnel27 Feb 8 '12 at 16:03
@Mat - I stand corrected. Apparently this didn't happen. – Erno Feb 8 '12 at 16:05
@Mat: no, what he did already was to edit the original question to add a very ugly duplicate message. The automatically added comment wouldn't have drawn any comment at all. – Wooble Feb 8 '12 at 17:16
@Wooble: that's what I sort of figured out after having seen the link (and why I edited my answer). OP does say he/she "flagged" the post though. – Mat Feb 8 '12 at 17:28

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