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There have been discussion earlier if similar but different questions should all go into one question post or into several independent (which may link to each other). The general consensus is to ask several separate questions:

I fully agree on that. However, when I do it, often enough I get votes as exact duplicate.

One example:

It is obviously not an exact duplicate because it asks about try_lock which does something different than lock. It still may be that the answers may be the same, however, I am not sure about that (and the people who closed it also don't, regarding to their comments).

I am wondering how I should handle it in the future. Because of such problems, I start to put several questions again into one question. But then I often don't really know what I should choose as the answer if they only answer one of the questions.

When I had them separated and the second and the second one gets closed, I am also not exactly sure what I should do if the first question was already answered but the answer does not answer my second question (see my example above -- the answer about lock does not mention try_lock at all).

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I don't see how the try_lock example matters here. If that were part of a combined question, then that specific part would still have been (considered) a duplicate, wouldn't it? – Arjan Sep 26 '10 at 10:42
@Arjan: In the question about lock, I did not asked about try_lock and I also did not get any answers about try_lock. So the question about try_lock is really separate from the question about lock. – Albert Sep 26 '10 at 10:45
Okay, but my point is: if some question is closed as a duplicate, then what is different if that very same question would be part of a post that asks multiple questions simultaneously? (Or, are you actually asking two questions in this very post as well? That proves the point that questions should not be combined into one larger post.) – Arjan Sep 26 '10 at 10:58
The first question was already answered and does not answer the second question. What should I do then? Unmark the answer and add the other question to have them combined and hope that some people might recheck it and add the answer to the second question? – Albert Sep 26 '10 at 11:30
No, combining questions into a single post is not my favourite at all, nor is changing the meaning of questions. (Note that closing questions as a duplicate is not a punishment. Folks might very well follow the link to the original, and post a new answer after all. It's just a way to keep all answers to one question in one place, meanwhile creating multiple "access points". That being the reason, it's important to close quickly. To avoid that, if you know that existing questions don't answer your question, either ensure yours is different, or somehow bump the original question.) – Arjan Sep 26 '10 at 11:44
@Arjan: I did that, i.e. I explicitly noted that and how it is different from the other question. But it didn't helped. I also asked again and it seems that people have not actually closed it because it is a duplicate but because of other issues (it seems they just supported the duplicate-voting to get it closed sooner/faster). – Albert Sep 26 '10 at 12:44
(Only one close reason is shown. If 3 people vote to close as a duplicate, and 2 for other reasons, then only the duplicate reason is shown. Likewise, if 2 vote to migrate, and 3 have all different reasons, then a question will be migrated.) – Arjan Sep 26 '10 at 12:56

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