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Yesterday a quite new user asked this question about code formatting. He did not know about this feature (which already exists). So he added a tag instead of (I think he wanted some help). So I edited the question and retagged with .

But another user again retagged it to . So I asked him about it. He replied:

It is (a feature request). Only the feature already exists in another form

So my question is: Should we retag the feature-request question to support/discussion if the feature already exists?

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Perhaps a mod can slap a [status-completed] onto it. But overall it's not that big of a deal I think. –  Bart Oct 30 '12 at 5:37
    
@Bart Yes it's not a big deal. But the feature, he asked was very basic. –  hims056 Oct 30 '12 at 5:39
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Ideally we'd find the question that led to the feature getting built in the first place and close the new question as a duplicate of that question.

If the feature wasn't based on an earlier , or we can't find it (Meta is chaotic, sometimes), then the easiest solution would be to flag the new request for moderation attention and ask for to be applied.

That said, the question in question works as a question as well. I went ahead and rolled back the edit. The question doesn't explicitly ask for a new feature to be built, it reads more like it's asking if the functionality already exists and how to use it, and that's exactly what a question is.

Furthermore, SE developers keep an eye on questions and there's no reason to clutter the backlog with questions that are sufficiently answered, and don't really need feedback from SE.

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Sometimes? </proactive> –  Yannis Oct 30 '12 at 5:43
    
Hmm. Flagging a question is pretty nice. –  hims056 Oct 30 '12 at 5:49
    
So retagging such questions to support is okay. –  hims056 Oct 30 '12 at 6:09
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@hims056 I think it's perfectly okay for the specific question we are talking about, because it didn't really describe a feature (new or existing) and because it didn't need any feedback from SE, it was already sufficiently answered. For other questions, I don't know. –  Yannis Oct 30 '12 at 6:13

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