A user (usually new user) posts two or more identical questions - both are clearly bad questions (NARQ, blatantly off topic, etc.). Another user picks up on this and points it out in the comments:
You just asked this 5 minutes ago! [links to duplicate]
Let's assume both questions are definitely not useful or welcome, maybe not even legible.
How do we handle the closing of either one? They are indeed duplicates (of each other).
- Is there any purpose in closing a bad question as duplicate, if the original has no value?
- Is it better to close NARQ as NARQ, even if it is a dupe of a NARQ?
- Do the other close reasons accumulate "bad credit" for the user (aside from the auto downvote), where duplicate does not?
- Does it truly not matter, because they will both end up lost in the trash can?
I asked this before as part of a wildly unpopular, quickly closed, much-too-long post - but after reading all the links provided as well as the official stance on duplicates, I still don't feel like I found a clear explaination on this.
Closing as a duplicate of a crappy or about-to-be-closed question seems pointless, but I see people do it all the time. I know this is probably splitting hairs, but what is the official position on this, or the correct close reason for duplicate bad questions (usually from the same user)?
Another way to put this:
Should closing as duplicate be reserved for legitimate questions?