Suppose that person "A" posted the question in the SO and that was answered by person "B" say 6 months ago. Now, if person "C" posts the new question which is close to "A"(may or may not be without knowledge of previous one) and person "D" answers the question (without knowledge of previous one). Person C is convinced with the answer of person D. Now if person "E" comes and says it is a duplicate and should be closed. But person "C" says I was not aware of the previous question (may be true or not) and I am not convinced with the answer of person "B". Remember the time lag here. My question here is what is the policy of SO with same question but different answer (posted with the time lag and which person D who answers the duplicate question is not aware of previous question before answering).
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The policy is to give the benefit of the doubt to person D. Without proof content was plagiarised we assume that person D just happened to also know the answer (which is the most likely event).
The question is closed as a duplicate (if 5 people agree it is a duplicate) and the system works!