I wanted to give a short answer to a question, by linking to my answer to a previous question. My answer was caught as "trivial" and converted to a comment.
When I want to give the same answer to more than one question, how do I avoid the "trivial answer" catcher? I could, of course, paste the earlier answer into the new question, but that seems counterproductive.
Added this based on first answer:
Here are the two questions, the latest one first:
Now my question boils down to this: does one of these questions really duplicate the other? On the surface, the answer is no. But, beneath the surface, the later question is really an instance of the issue adressed more generally by the first question.
If the rght answer to my dilemma is to flag the second one as a duplicate, I'm prepared to listen to reason. But if the answer is no, then I'd like a good way of dealing with "the questions are different but the earlier answer also answers this question".
What's the best thing for SO? For new questioners?