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Upon looking at this question, it occurred to me: Shouldn't we have a close reason - 'covered by the FAQ'?

As there is not really any other reason to close questions like this, and those kind of questions can be seen as noise (IMHO) so it should be possible to close them.

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Only if when it is closed for that reason it kills the person who asked it. –  GEOCHET Dec 18 '09 at 13:16
    
@Rich B: Any suggestions on how to implement that? –  fretje Dec 18 '09 at 13:24
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How about some exclamation marks?!?!!!!!111! –  random Dec 18 '09 at 13:32
    
I still like the being noise close reason more, but this one would be an improvement, too. +1 –  Ladybug Killer Dec 18 '09 at 13:38
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I have long advocated a 'blatantly stupid' close reason as well. –  GEOCHET Dec 18 '09 at 13:39
    
+1 . Good idea. –  Oorang Dec 18 '09 at 16:01
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@Geoffrey: is the "Being Bloody Stupid Act" of 1581 still valid? –  Andrew Grimm Jan 31 '10 at 4:34
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up vote 8 down vote accepted

Or make do with what's already there.

Close as duplicate pointing right to the FAQ.

And then when the Community User comes along to insert the duplicate link, go in and edit with:

Covered by the FAQ

link to FAQ

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The problem is: you can not close as exact duplicate and point to meta.stackoverflow.com/faq. That close reason needs a specific question number. –  fretje Dec 18 '09 at 13:23
    
But most of the time there is a corresponding FAQ post on Meta that happens to be quite long and quite the upvoted morsel. Doesn't work in those instances outside though. –  random Dec 18 '09 at 13:26
    
True, but this question is for those other times... ;-) –  fretje Dec 18 '09 at 13:32
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Perhaps someone should ask the question "Where can I find the FAQ?", and then we can link to that. :) –  ベレアー アダム Dec 18 '09 at 14:00
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ベレアー アダム: Done -- meta.stackexchange.com/questions/33331/where-is-the-faq –  John Rudy Dec 18 '09 at 14:49
    
@$: nice... already used it to vote to close the question in question ;-) –  fretje Dec 18 '09 at 15:03
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