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Disclaimer; this post is more of an expansion of this question. I know there is something similar already in place, but this is slightly different (and hopfuly more effective).

Recently, I (and I'm sure others will agree) have noticed quite a lot of duplicate posts on SO. I know there are efforts to combat this war of dupes but after reading the above post I thought I'd expand a bit more on exactly what could be done.

As with the current system (taken from this post),

This post-ask interstitial page would contain a more comprehensive search for duplicate questions based on the title, body, and tags. The new user would have to scroll down and click "yes, I still want to ask this question".

(I do wonder if users might perversely want to click through regardless of duplicate status, as at that point, they've invested all the effort in writing their question and tagging it..)

As the author points, there's the high possibility that the user will ignore the related posts and submit his post anyway. So, in response to this I had an idea, when the new user clicks the "Ask Question" button, and if they're under the reputation threshold, then this page would show instead,

SO Screenshot

The page would ask the new user to actually open a certain number (maybe 3?) of links from the list shown and wait, for say 3 mins, (to make sure the user is actually reading the posts), and then when the user has opened the links and waited for so long, he/she can continue to the normal question page. If there are no posts similar to the user's, then he/she will be redirected to the normal question page.

Basically, my idea is to redirect users under the reputation threshold to the page I described. This way it will be more of a deterrent to users who are trying to post a duplicate post, because the user has to actually open the links and read the posts.

Would this be more useful/effective than the current system, what do you think?

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Hmm... I don't know. I suspect the barrier there would be too high, and I also think it would work too hard to prevent duplicates, which sometimes have uses. –  Andrew Barber Aug 28 '13 at 15:20
The figures i gave were purely examples, the barrier doesn't stop the user from posting Q's, it just tries to point out related posts (in a more obvious way). –  Sam Aug 28 '13 at 15:23
Oh, definitely; I guess my concern here is that those who are going to forgo looking at extra information are going to do so either way, but we'll likely also lose potential posts which are not duplicates when the user becomes frustrated with having to 'spend time' reading something that perhaps they have already read and ruled out. –  Andrew Barber Aug 28 '13 at 15:28
I see what you mean, if only there was a way to see if the user had previously viewed the posts, then that way the user could just be redirected to the normal question page. –  Sam Aug 28 '13 at 15:32
This would annoy the crap out of me. None of the questions that I have asked had anything even remotely useful in the "related questions" category. Don't force me to click through them anyway. This is the bad form of hand-holding. Just close the questions as duplicates if they're duplicates. Otherwise, do nothing. –  Cody Gray Aug 28 '13 at 23:17

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