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In some dupe question cases, users may link to the correct answer from the dupe question and gain rep from this.

Here's an example that makes my teeth itch.

Rather than flag as dupe, or vote to close as dupe, he links to the correct answer from the duplicated question and gets 35 reputation points (at this time).

I closed as dupe and deleted the answer... but undeleted it. I'm not sure what the appropriate thing to do here is. Perhaps I'll just go look at Skeet's profile and ponder the futility of it all...

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However in this particular instance it is not a user who could have potentially closevoted (or even knows about the process). And I'm not sure it should go unrewarded when people manage to find a duplicate (not overly obvious one in this case). – mario Mar 29 '11 at 20:40
@mario: I don't care, he still should be smitten. Smited? Smite-ed? Aw, hell, I'll just ban him. – Won't Mar 29 '11 at 20:47
@mario It doesn't take any rep to flag as a duplicate and let a mod handle it. As for gaining rep for finding the duplicate, that's been discussed at great lengths with no real consensus. – marcog Mar 29 '11 at 22:36
@marcog: That's one of the discusions I had in mind, and I realize it's a broad topic, mostly cons for everyone involved. Back to this case: while the user was unaware of quite a lot, he simply copied over the answer from someone else. I would consider that the real offense here, rather than the dupe or link-as-answer issue. – mario Mar 29 '11 at 22:59
@mario: Da bastid didn't even have the common courtesy of hiding the fact that he stole the answer! He linked back to the source! It makes our jobs very hard when people are honest. – Won't Mar 30 '11 at 12:34
up vote 11 down vote accepted

I must admit to being a bit brutal here; my approach is "convert to comment" (which has an automatic delete) and "close -> duplicate"

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I like this one, gonna try it on for size. – Won't Mar 29 '11 at 19:57
Mmm, feels good against the skin. I'll take it. – Won't Mar 29 '11 at 19:59

I say delete it as "Not an answer".

If it's a duplicate question, it's likely to be merged anyway. When merged, the question will have an answer plus an answer that links to the first. That's in no way helpful.

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An equally heinous fault with that answer is that it doesn't actually give the answer, it just gives a link to some other website. What if jsfiddle goes away? The answer is completely useless then.

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Is it really that bad? People get 'points' for less useful posts. Just close the question.

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The more users see these "answers" on other questions, the more likely they are to follow suit instead of closing as duplicate. So yes, it really is that bad. – marcog Mar 29 '11 at 22:34

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