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duplicate question etiquette: to delete or not to delete?

I posted a question that I knew was a duplicate, because I was having no luck at all searching up the question that I knew was there.

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Squillman was there to help me out, but I want to make the solution easier to find. Edit it (or its tags), or leave the dupe Q up?

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marked as duplicate by Kara Marfia Oct 14 '09 at 17:15

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Do not delete it! meta.stackexchange.com/questions/230/… –  Ladybug Killer Sep 21 '09 at 14:02
    
Close it :) –  squillman Sep 21 '09 at 14:54
    
Thanks, John. Now I've gone and doubled my search fail on meta. ;) –  Kara Marfia Oct 14 '09 at 17:15

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The question should be closed if its an exact duplicate, but having it posted is often a good thing. Especially because, as you suggest, it is often hard to word searches in the right way to find a question, even if you know it exists, so having more "pointers" to the canonical question is not a bad thing.

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And those who close it should point to the duplicate, as usual. –  David Thornley Sep 21 '09 at 14:06

Closing doesn't stop it from being found - so long as it isn't deleted.

You might want to edit it to explain why you think it shouldn't be deleted.

Alternatively, you could always edit the duplicate to include the appropriate search terms there.

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Squillman was there to help me out, but I want to make the solution easier to find. Edit it (or its tags), or leave the dupe Q up?

All of the above!

  • Give the original a better title (not the same as yours) and some useful tags (the same as yours).
  • Close the duplicate with a link back to the original.
  • Don't delete the duplicate, so that it may act as a signpost to future searchers.
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If you change the title of the original, you are limiting people who use those words from finding it. –  devinb Sep 21 '09 at 14:44
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@devinb: you can keep the original words and still flesh it out a bit. The original title - "Precached Windows Logins?" - is accurate but unnecessarily brief; something like, "Can I pre-cache or otherwise pre-load Windows login credentials prior to deployment?" both describes the actual question and provides more key words for searching. –  Shog9 Sep 21 '09 at 15:09

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