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Hello All,

First, as an aside, this is my first meta question: if this would be better suited for a different meta, or is an inappropriate use, please let me know.

I am a regular user of Stack Overflow, and an active participant on Programmers.SE. One thing I'm noticing is that there are a lot of repeat questions, particularly on Programmers. There are also starting to be a bunch of "almost but not quite duplicate" questions.

I think that it might be worthwhile to have a repository for similar questions that can be pointed to in a new question. Sometimes "closed as duplicate of..." isn't really enough, but it is annoying to cut and paste an answer from one question to another. Conversely, it's a little annoying to when asking a question to see the same answer a number of times when you are looking for something slightly different.

It may be nice, then, to have a place to create a page that has links to similar questions, and be able to reference that in the new question.

Edit: Additional Info

I believe that a user would need a certain level of reputation to create and/or to add a link to such a page. Perhaps it could even lead to a new badge or two.

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Either Wonko the Sane is a very known reference that I don't know, or I might recognize you from a completely different net community. But to get off of that tangent, this is the proper Meta site to have asked this. ♪ –  Grace Note Jan 24 '11 at 15:33
    
@Grace Note: I guess I should have added "among others" on the list of sites I participate on... :) Thank you for the feedback. –  Wonko the Sane Jan 24 '11 at 15:34
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@GraceNote Hitchhiker's Guide? –  Yi Jiang Jan 24 '11 at 15:47

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A couple means for doing this already exist.

The tag wiki info for a tag can be customized and filled out (example on Programmers). You could include links to questions here. (See an example at the bottom of the c# tag on Stack Overflow.

Each tag also has an faq page which contains the most commonly linked questions in the tag.

Also note that the sidebar of every question lists related questions.

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