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Wording of “possible/exact duplicates” when closing the question

A question is closed as an exact duplicate, but the duplicate is a possible duplicate. Isn't it strange?

That's because until the question is closed by five users, it is only a possible duplicate. If five users have voted to close it, it is a proven duplicate.

But when 5 users voted and the question is closed on the top of question there is an inscription, "Possible Duplicate".

Example

How to display ages instead of dates of birth, in Ruby on Rails?

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marked as duplicate by YOU, Pëkka, Grace Note, ChrisF, Brandon Apr 12 '11 at 15:29

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​pos​sible dup​licate o​f Wording of "poss​​ible/ex​act dupli​cates" when clo​sing the question –  YOU Apr 12 '11 at 15:23
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@YOU, haha :) funny –  fl00r Apr 12 '11 at 15:25
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No. It's possibly an exact duplicate.

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Is it possible that possible duplicate is possibly exact duplicate while it closed as an exact duplicate and still just bossible duplicate. Impossible. –  fl00r Apr 12 '11 at 15:29
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@fl00r even if five people vote for it to be a duplicate, that doesn't necessarily mean it is one. Happens all the time. I think the choice of wording is good. –  Pëkka Apr 12 '11 at 15:29
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But why does it closed as an EXACT duplicate while it is still POSSIBLE :) –  fl00r Apr 12 '11 at 15:30
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@fl00r it makes sense IMO: "I, the user, think this is an exact duplicate". It doesn't automatically mean I'm right, though. So it's a "possible exact duplicate". If it weren't an exact duplicate, SO's rules say it shouldn't be closed. That's why the word is there –  Pëkka Apr 12 '11 at 15:33
    
ok, thanks, I got it :) –  fl00r Apr 12 '11 at 15:34
    
@Pekka: The thing I don't understand is: Why does it say "Possible Duplicate" at the top of this very question, but "closed as exact duplicate" at the bottom? –  Hendrik Vogt Jan 19 '12 at 10:09
    
@Hendrik that indeed doesn't make sense, you're right. It should say "possible" on both counts –  Pëkka Jan 19 '12 at 10:10
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That's because until the question is closed by five users, it is only a possible duplicate. If five users have voted to close it, it is a proven duplicate.

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But on the top of CLOSED question written: "Possible duplicate" –  fl00r Apr 12 '11 at 15:25
    
I don't think so. I'm thinking that after the first user says a question it isn't that hard to find 4 more to jump on the band wagon without thinking. There does not seem to be a way for people to disagree with a question being a duplicate. I have seen many where looking at the possible duplicate linked, the question may cover some of the same ground, but is not the same question. Quite often the different part is answered in comments on the duplicate question. Still it seems like some people are in a hurry to close questions for some reason for being a duplicate... –  Cervo Jul 24 '11 at 0:40
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