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This faq includes a text:

"exact duplicates of other answers"

I believe it would nice to add there some explanation that it both applicable to duplicating somebody else answer and your own answer.

It wasn't obvious for me (after a year on SO and 4K+ reputation)

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Yeah, I agree! I only learnt it a few weeks ago, after closely a year on SO. – Hugo Dozois Mar 5 '13 at 0:48
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Hmmm... perhaps a very short addition such as (including your own posts) – Andrew Barber Mar 5 '13 at 0:51
    
Why would one person answer a question with two duplicate answers? Not saying a short blurb would hurt, but how often does this actually happen? – Geobits Mar 5 '13 at 1:12
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@Geobits: Actually, it's not about answering the same question with two duplicate answers, but rather answering two similar/duplicate questions with the two exactly same answers. – Victor Ronin Mar 5 '13 at 1:57
    
Ah, I misread his other post. That I can see happening often enough ;) – Geobits Mar 5 '13 at 2:01
    
I wonder why the old post is being closed as the duplicate of the new post! – user213400 Mar 5 '13 at 2:02
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@Siva Sometimes the highest-quality post (including the answers in that evaluation) are considered the 'canonical' (or 'original') post for purposes of closing as a dupe. – Andrew Barber Mar 5 '13 at 2:03
    
@AndrewBarber: Thanks. Good to know. I always try to mark the new posts as the dupes of the old ones. In this case, both the posts were by the same user. A scenario that I have come across quite often in the past few days. – user213400 Mar 5 '13 at 2:05

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