These two questions: q1, q2 appear to be duplicates. In my opinion, the newer question is better than the older one. How should we handle cases like this?

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Vote to close the older one as a duplicate of the newer one. –  ChrisF May 5 '10 at 12:33
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...and comment to let others know what and why. –  quack quixote May 5 '10 at 13:28
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marked as duplicate by gnat, Lance Roberts, Richard Tingle, Aziz Shaikh, ben is uǝq backwards Oct 14 '13 at 14:40

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One of them should be closed, and point to the other one. I don't see that it matters which; both can be searched for, and both lead to the answers. We're not deleting the newer question (I hope), and it remains perfectly searchable.

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Well, if you visit the moderator tools, you will find a steady stream of deletion of duplicates. If the management really wants to keep them, it should make them harder to get rid of. There might be a discussion of some other way to prevent rep-gaming via duplicates if we stop deleting them. –  Rosinante May 5 '10 at 14:27
    
I've been flagging dupes for moderator attention (to get the answers merged), but I still also vote to delete them (in the general case, but not always). Posts can be merged just as well after deletion as before, so there's no need to wait. –  Ether May 5 '10 at 14:50
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