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What's everyone's opinion on closing an older question as a duplicate of a newer one, if the newer one is clearly the better resource? I'm looking at a special case right now, where the two were posted by the same person; the newer was migrated to SU before a commenter pointed out it was a repost. Is it considered good practice to close the older as a duplicate of the newer?

More generally, is it ok to do that for separate questions posted by different people, if the older question went unanswered but the newer has a good answer?

(I should probably mention I saw this question, but I think this is separate)

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marked as duplicate by slugster, Martijn Pieters, Toon Krijthe, Rory, uɐɯsO uɐɥʇɐN May 3 '13 at 22:49

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Try meta.stackexchange.com/questions/1375/… instead. That question seems to focus a lot on the moderator abilities, but I think the general conclusion that can be drawn from it is that these should be handled in a case-by-case basis as appropriate. Which is about as non-answer as I can get, hence why this is a comment. –  Grace Note Jun 28 '10 at 18:48
    
@Grace Ah, that was much more helpful. So for us non-moderators, should we just flag posts rather than voting to close? –  Michael Mrozek Jun 28 '10 at 18:51

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Most of the time double posts by the same user are caused by back-button edits, so the newer question is the one the OP really wants to stay. Even if the questions come hours or days apart, I'll usually elect to keep the newer one, since it will typically have more/better content.

In the case of duplicates by different users, I do take the dates into account. The older question usually takes precedence, if all other things are equal. The quality of the newer question can definitely sway my decision though.

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No matter which one came first, the most relevant one should be left open, and the other one closed as duplicate.

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and/or merged ? –  matt wilkie Jul 14 '10 at 20:06

I don't think date asked should matter.

Whichever question has less/worse content should be closed.

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