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Sometimes I read a question and I think "this is a great question!" Then I see there's a close vote or two, but I ignore it because I think the question is a good one.... However, the reason people want to close the question is that it's a duplicate of a previous excellent question.

This doesn't happen in the close votes review queue because there I am informed that people want to close it because it's a duplicate. I wish there were a feature to provide this information outside of the queue without requiring a click.

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Well, usually you'll notice the "possible duplicate:" in the comments below the post. Also, close votes on a high quality post are usually duplicate votes, so it's just something you learn to check for. –  Servy Dec 19 '12 at 15:34

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There is an automatic comment added by the 1st user who voted to close saying something along the lines of:

Possible duplicate: <duplicate link>

That comment is automagically removed when the question is closed.

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unless that link has already been posted in a previous comment. –  Servy Dec 19 '12 at 15:34
    
@Servy even so, you will see the possible duplicate comment. –  amanaP lanaC A nalP A naM A Dec 19 '12 at 15:35
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If someone writes, "This has nothing to do with meta.stackexchange.com/questions/159345/"; no auto generated possible dupe comment will be added for that link. –  Servy Dec 19 '12 at 15:35
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Oh, and the auto generated comment can be manually deleted by the person who cast the first dup vote, if we want to mention edge cases. –  Servy Dec 19 '12 at 15:36
    
@Servy Bahh!! –  amanaP lanaC A nalP A naM A Dec 19 '12 at 15:37

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