What is the stackoverflow way of redirecting repetitive questions? I am seeing some get closed, some get voted up and down, some get linked to several places, is there a best way? Yes I have reviewed FAQ and searched some results prior to posting.
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On StackOverflow, and indeed other StackExchange sites, it is expected that a person asking a question has done sufficient research prior to asking.
The reason you see questions voted down is because they are inappropriate, off-topic, confusing, or poorly researched...
The reason you see questions voted up is because they are well-presented, well-researched, and useful.
When a question has been asked before, it is generally linked and that often results in the new question being closed or having its answers merged. The reason for this is that StackExchange is trying to create a repository of useful information that is easy to access and search, rather than just being a Q/A site for dummies.
The community contributes to this goal by taking appropriate action. There are restrictions on what users can do in this respect, based on their reputation points.
Much of this information could have been gleaned by reading the FAQ.
The best way is for the new user to check if the question has been asked already. Then you don't have to ask it again, because the answer is already there.
Some questions, like this one
keep getting re-asked several times a week. Even though many of these are deleted, it already has more than 50 duplicates linked to it.
Asking it yet again, perhaps for the second time the same day, might attract some downvotes from frustrated users.