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Okay, take this question: http://programmers.stackexchange.com/questions/5048/which-programming-language-feature-would-you-eliminate-and-why

I found out that there was essentially a duplicate question of mine, but specified in very different terms than the question I asked. Therefore, to aid future searchers or search engines, I don't want to delete the question -- people searching using the phrases I used should be able to find the duplicate question. But people shouldn't be allowed to post to my question either, because it is a duplicate.

However, there's no way to really tell the engine that the question should be closed as a dupe.

If the community thinks that the question is not a dupe, then one could use the same 5 vote reopen scheme used for current closures.

(For the record, I saw this question which is similar, but what I'm looking for is more specific in that I think the only valid closure reason should be duplication)

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marked as duplicate by animuson, Bo Persson, Toon Krijthe, Martijn Pieters, Austin Henley Feb 8 '13 at 3:08

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Does all that stuff really matter on "Programmers"? I thought that was the Wild West? –  Peter Ajtai Sep 18 '10 at 3:51
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I'm confused by "there's no way to really tell the engine that the question should be closed as a dupe". Can't you vote to close? –  Michael Mrozek Sep 18 '10 at 3:51
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@Peter, this is not 'nam: this is Stack Exchange. There are rules. –  user149432 Sep 18 '10 at 3:55
    
@Mark - +1 for the dude video ;) –  Peter Ajtai Sep 18 '10 at 4:41
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If you have 250 reputation you can vote to close your own questions, which will also show a number beside the close link, encouraging other people to help you (as well as in the 10k tools). Otherwise just post a comment or flag it for moderator attention (diamond mods can close a question without waiting for other votes).

I don't think you should be able to close your own question as a duplicate in one vote, as just because another question solves your problem, doesn't mean it's asking the same thing as your question.

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Wouldn't the OP be the perfect person to know whether a question is a duplicate? IMHO it does make sense to make the close vote of the OP final. –  Steven Jeuris Jun 5 '11 at 0:42
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