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So I was looking through some SO questions, and I noticed that Why have "while(1);" in XmlHttpRequest response? was closed as a duplicate, but the question it linked to was newer than the one marked as duplicate. Why did this happen?

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marked as duplicate by gnat, ɥʇǝS, Andrew's a Unitato Apr 30 '13 at 22:48

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It's still a duplicate. –  Cole Johnson Apr 30 '13 at 22:06
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It's because the newer one has answers. –  Andrew's a Unitato Apr 30 '13 at 22:06
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But why is it a duplicate if it was asked first, and why was the second one not marked as duplicate? –  scrblnrd3 Apr 30 '13 at 22:13
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The second one could not have been marked as duplicate of the first, because the first has no answers. The original must have answers. –  Andrew's a Unitato Apr 30 '13 at 22:52
    
Note also that if the concern is a matter of "fairness," the original asker does not (to my knowledge) lose any of the rep gained from a question if it's marked as a duplicate. –  Kyle Strand Apr 30 '13 at 22:58
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The question was closed because although it was posted earlier, the post that is was closed as a duplicate of had more activity and it had answers posted (600+ votes on the question, 4 answers, 800+ votes on the accepted answer). Although most questions don't have that much of a difference of activity, in this case the newer question has much more activity and as a result is a better reference for users looking for help.

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