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I have noticed that quite a few people have read this question:

php mongodb find nth entry in collection

Wrongly and assumed it was a duplicate of:

Get n-th element of an array in mongo

However if you read the two questions you will realise that they are completely different.

I normally wouldn't moan about this but it gives a huge message sending most future viewers to the wrong question giving the wrong answer and the wrong information to solve the problem. Call me OCD but it's cataloged wrongly.

I have cast a re-open vote on the question however I am hoping we could get together and reverse this because clearly the OP was not looking for the $slice command and wasn't even looking at getting a range of a subdocument from a root document. So the "duplicate" is of a completely different problem. He is actually trying to get a random document from within a collection in a performant manner (and of course $slice is useless there).

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closed as too localized by George Stocker Sep 27 '12 at 15:34

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The question itself look and smelled like a duplicate to passers-by. The titles were similar, the actions the users wanted to take were quite similar. It's only to people that know PHP and MongoDB that these questions weren't duplicates.

So in a way, the OP contributed to this issue by not being specific enough in his title. However, you're right, the question is not a duplicate.

I've re-opened the question.

In the future, please flag the question with the reason 'other' and explain your reason for wanting it re-opened. Bringing normal, everyday problems to meta that bother you is not really the best use of Meta.

Also, editing the question to point out why the question isn't a duplicate would have been useful. You don't yet have the reputation to edit, but you can 'suggest' an edit (using the edit link), and if it was a good edit, it would be accepted by the community.

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The system only askes if I wanna re-open it it doesn't really state any good practices to getting it reopened and I am unsure what you mean by "other", do you mean this question or that question? –  Sammaye Sep 27 '12 at 15:36
    
On the question you want to re-open, there's a link that says, "Flag". Click it. Then click "Other" as the reason for the flag. Then state why you want it re-opened there. See: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/120085/… –  George Stocker Sep 27 '12 at 15:37
    
Aha, thanks lol I should have been more observant :\ sorry –  Sammaye Sep 27 '12 at 15:39

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