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The question Convert hex string to byte array mentions right in the text of question that it is a duplicate of How do you convert Byte Array to Hexadecimal String, and vice versa, in C#? (strangely it was a moderator who added the text but he did not close the question, maybe he was not a mod at the time)

This question is the first result on Google (the older duplicate is number 2). The reason I make such a big deal is this question has no mention of SoapHexBinary which really is the way it should be done, instead of trying to loop through the text like everyone else does. The duplicate question has SoapHexBinary as the second most voted answer, the duplicate also has a list of benchmarks comparing the various methods.

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closed as too localized by Some Helpful Commenter, Flexo, Manishearth, amanaP lanaC A nalP A naM A, Dennis Jun 19 '12 at 15:51

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I think you normally flag such a post for moderator attention. –  Martijn Pieters Jun 19 '12 at 15:18
    
@MartijnPieters You can't flag to close when you have vote to close rights, it just brings you to the vote to close window when you bring up the flag page –  Scott Chamberlain Jun 19 '12 at 15:19
    
@ScottChamberlain exactly, so flag it. –  amanaP lanaC A nalP A naM A Jun 19 '12 at 15:19
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@ScottChamberlain - vote to close then flag with the custom reason to explain that you don't think it'll get the necessary views to be closed by the community. –  ChrisF Jun 19 '12 at 15:21
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Well, there's just one vote missing now. Anybody? And, @ScottChamberlain casper was indeed not yet a mod when he edited that one. Edit: Mission accomplished. –  Daniel Fischer Jun 19 '12 at 15:23
    
@ScottChamberlain You can still dupe-flag if you really want to. If you stick to the format, it'll show up to 10k users and everything. –  lunboks Jun 19 '12 at 15:24
    
Related: Is flagging to close old questions best practice? –  Dennis Jun 19 '12 at 15:51
    
You should stop worrying and love dupes. Only exact dupes, aka reposts, should be flagged for mod attention, imho. Sort-of dupes can be handled by consensus closure. –  Won't Jun 19 '12 at 16:25

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I have given the final close vote on the question in consideration.

What you would normally do in a situation like this, is flag it for a moderator, with a custom description saying something like exact duplicate of post http://stackoverflow.com/q/xxx.

Once you get one person to vote for it, it will appear in the tools / close tab in the moderator tools section, where other 10K+ users and moderators can close it as well.

Now, obviously this isn't foolproof, so you do have another option. You can edit the question to provide a link to the duplicate (which was already done, admittedly), and hopefully that will bump the question enough to get it closed.

As @DanielFischer has pointed out, you can also post a link into a popular chat room, and hope it gets attention this way.

If all else fails, just post right here on meta, and we can do the dirty work!

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Dropping a link in the Tavern or so is also promising. –  Daniel Fischer Jun 19 '12 at 15:28

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