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Rhetorical question: does this make the Internet better?

I understand that "some" duplication is valuable, but I think that "some" does not mean "6,500 results." And although several of those search results have twists that do invite duplication, they would still benefit tremendously from editing, perhaps just of the title.

The root cause of this duplication, of course, is users that don't pay attention to either Google results or the SO "show results as you type your question title" search. But they aren't going to go away.

I think the real cause of the duplication is the current SO front-page algorithm: by the time that a person with sufficient rep can see the duplicate, it's already received several answers and moved off the front page.

My proposal: for users with sufficient rep, provide some flag that there are questions with outstanding close votes. Something similar to the current system for flagging proposed edits by people without sufficient rep. Probably the simplest approach is to have an area in the header that says something like "X questions with outstanding close votes," with a link to a search results page. Or an area between header and questions that shows a small number of question titles (this would prompt people with expertise in the particular area).

Note: I've read this suggestion, I believe that I'm proposing something different: not highlighting questions, but highlighting the need for more attention.


Responding to dmckee: yes, I know that. However, that doesn't mean that I automatically click on "tools" whenever I log in. I do, however, click on the "proposed edits" when I log in and see a number in the header. This proposal is a similar incentive for high-rep users to groom the site.

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Users with 10k rep have exactly such a tool already. –  dmckee Apr 6 '11 at 16:29
    
Concerning the edit: I've had 10k for nearly two years, I do click on "tools" several times a day. I have never seen the pending close votes queue empty. Nor should it be, because some votes are cast in error and we just have to wait for them to time out. –  dmckee Apr 6 '11 at 16:49
    
@dmckee - you deserve kudos. I'm not so diligent, and given the number of "common" duplicates, I suspect that neither are many others. –  kdgregory Apr 6 '11 at 17:08
    
@dmckee: Damnit, I had that link all ready to paste. See? stackoverflow.com/tools?tab=close&daterange=last2days –  Won't Apr 6 '11 at 17:35

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