On this question, the best answer is this one. (I linked in the comments)

Should I flag it as a duplicate question, even though the parent of that answer is not the same language, or is some other flag more appropriate, or some other action the best?

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No, they're not duplicate questions.

Answers are not considered when evaluating questions as duplicates, and in this specific instance, the questions only bear a passing resemblance.

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Your link is correct and does answer the question. I did flag that this question myself as a duplicate (though a duplicate to a different question than you did). I linked to another for the same language that the OP was asking about, but the ultimate response is the same.

I don't think it matters so much; if it is a duplicate problem and/or scenario with a duplicate answer, even with some a few differences, it's a duplicate.

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"What is paper made out of ?" and "Where do the raw materials for log cabins come from?" are not duplicates, even though the answer for both is "trees." –  Pops Aug 30 '12 at 19:55
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@PopularDemand I'm pretty sure my post says ...if it's a duplicate problem/scenario/answer... and not just ...if it's a duplicate answer.... In other words: If it is a duplicate problem and/or scenario with a duplicate answer, then it's a duplicate. –  Gaffi Aug 31 '12 at 3:26
    
That's entirely unfair. You edited your post after I wrote my comment. At the time I commented, the post said "if it's a duplicate problem/scenario/answer." –  Pops Aug 31 '12 at 13:50
    
@PopularDemand (You'll see this comment was edited - I forgot to tag you) It's not unfair. I did edit the answer (the correction coming from my comment), but I quoted myself directly in the comment with the version you responded to. To quote my comment "I'm pretty sure my post says ...if it's a duplicate problem/scenario/answer..." –  Gaffi Aug 31 '12 at 13:53
    
There is no (relevant) difference between "if it's a duplicate problem/scenario/answer" and "if it's a duplicate answer." The latter is a subset of the former. –  Pops Aug 31 '12 at 14:01
    
@PopularDemand And to that end, you are correct, hence my comment explanation and subsequent correction. –  Gaffi Aug 31 '12 at 14:32
    
Hm. The first time I read your first comment, I thought you were saying I read it wrong and pointing at the later revision as evidence. And that the phrase with the slashes was different than the one without. Now I see that you meant that you saw the issue and corrected it. Sorry for wasting your time with this whole side conversation. –  Pops Aug 31 '12 at 14:40
    
@PopularDemand Yeah, I probably could have worded it better. I was feeling a bit defensive myself. :-) No hard feelings! –  Gaffi Aug 31 '12 at 14:43
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Because there's been previous frowning upon removing C# tags for general .NET questions asked by C# users, almost all C# questions can be asked again as VB.NET (and F# and C++/CLI) questions.

But in this case they're clearly not the same Question, so no, these are not the duplicates you're looking for. (Clearly there is another duplicate question to point to.)

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