Let's first look at the problem I have. I asked a question on Stack Overflow and it was "closed as exact duplicate". A link was provided to a question to which mine was, supposedly, a duplicate.
Now, the definition of "exact" is as follows:
Not approximated in any way; precise.
Even the small explanatory note under the close message seems to verify this assertion:
This question covers exactly the same content as earlier questions on this topic; its answers may be merged with another identical question.
Looking over my question and the one with which it is linked I can see that they are related, but they are not identical; the answer to one does not answer the other. Thus, the questions cannot be "exact duplicates".
So if moderators do not use the dictionary definition of "exact" is "exact duplicate" defined anywhere on Stack Overflow? Is it left completely to the moderator's subjective opinion?
This was my question: Create class instance in assembly from string name And this is it's supposed duplicate: How do I create an instance from a string that provides the class name?
They both ask about instantiating a class using a supplied string containing the class name. However, mine includes the added complexity of trying to find and instantiate a class contained in a separate assembly. This, the answers from the supposed duplicate do not answer my question.
Will anyone explain how this could be a duplicate? I realise that they are similar but, in my opinion, as the definition of "exact" is "Not approximated in any way; precise." and a synonym for "exact" is "identical" then one question cannot be a duplicate of another if the answers for one question will not answer the other question.