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When a question has been closed as a duplicate, can we alert the author and ask 'Is this really what you're asking for?'

Then, if the author clicks Yes, auto delete the duplicate post?

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The first part of your original question is already in place, if you have 3,000 reputation: Cast close and reopen votes. I removed that. Please see if I correctly summarized your feature request? –  Arjan Apr 13 '11 at 11:25
@Arjan As far as I know, closed questions with no upvotes are deleted periodically. Am I wrong? –  Shadow Wizard Apr 13 '11 at 11:33
@Shadow, at least downvoted unanswered questions are gone after a month, or after a year with a zero score. Not sure if something specific applies to closed questions. (If you think that my edit was wrong, then please say so. I didn't grasp that from your comment?) –  Arjan Apr 13 '11 at 11:39
@Arjan thanks, I'm now following that post. I'm not the OP sorry for the confusion. :) –  Shadow Wizard Apr 13 '11 at 11:42

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-1 Automatic deletion is seldom a good idea. Also, duplicates are often differently stated, sometimes with a complete different wording then the original question. This opens up the possibility to find the answer to the same question on different ways and prevents that a duplicate gets asked over and over again, just because the wording is different.

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No we can't. Most of the dups come from people who have very little rep and should not have a veto on the curation of the site.

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