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This question will probably be closed in a few minutes. It is a duplicate but I couldn't find the question using with meta search.

Anyway, here is older answer, here is the new answer. In this case, is vote to close the new question as a possible dublicate not the best choice? Looks to me a little bit not ethical.

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Why do you feel that that is a copied answer? –  Martijn Pieters Jan 8 '13 at 19:04
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I feel you are jumping to conclusions here. The code is simple enough, the new answer doesn't have a syntax error like the old one does, and it looks like this is how you sort listboxes in C#. At the very least, benefit of the doubt should be applied here. –  Martijn Pieters Jan 8 '13 at 19:09
    
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Just because answers are similar, it doesn't mean they are copied. Look at this other C# question C# stored procedure with parameters with 8 almost identical answers. –  Bo Persson Jan 8 '13 at 19:43
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marked as duplicate by Matt, Bo Persson, Martijn Pieters, ЯegDwight, ben is uǝq backwards Jan 8 '13 at 21:03

This question has been asked before and already has an answer. If those answers do not fully address your question, please ask a new question.

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Nothing wrong with that, so long as you give proper attribution.

Of course, it is better to add details and making it a better answer.

However, if the older answer fully answers the new question, chances are good that the new question is a duplicate of the older one and should be closed as such.

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Not certain they are dupes; don't know enough C# but one is about sorting, general, the other about sorting with datetimes in the listbox. The answers may turn out to be the same though. –  Martijn Pieters Jan 8 '13 at 19:06
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@MartijnPieters - The answers seem to have an identical structure, but they are clearly based on different code bases (variable names and such). –  Oded Jan 8 '13 at 19:07
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But most of all, the answers look similar to me because that's how you sort listbox contents. Not sure how you'd come to a different answer in that simple case. –  Martijn Pieters Jan 8 '13 at 19:07
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@MartijnPieters - True. When it comes to simple questions, the questions may end up being very different, but the solution and answers to the different questions can easily end up being identical. –  Oded Jan 8 '13 at 19:08
    
@Downvoter - care to comment? –  Oded Jan 8 '13 at 20:22
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