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The current state as I understand it, is that a question is marked "Closed as an exact duplicate" at the bottom, and links to possible duplicates are edited in to the top of the question (as seen in http://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/125511/mark-duplicate-questions-with-duplicate-instead-of-closedhttps://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/125511/mark-duplicate-questions-with-duplicate-instead-of-closed).

In my opinion, instead of linking to the original question, it would be better to simply display it (and it's answers) below the duplicate question.

You would then get a page structure like this:


[duplicate question]

"This question has been marked as a duplicate of a pre-existing question on stackoverflow, below you can see both the original question and answers to this question which should also be relevant to the question above"

[original question]

[answers]


This page would still have an answer button: any answers would simply get added to the original question (and would of course also come up under the duplicate question). Some care would have to be taken in ensuring that people knew which question they were answering, and didn't refer to specific parts of the duplicate question, but considering that the duplicate system is only supposed to be used for exact duplicates, this shouldn't be too much of an issue. In fact, as a bonus, it might encourage people to more thoroughly consider whether or not the question really is a duplicate (if it can't be answered with the same answer, then clearly it is not).

Finally, some consideration would have to be given to when duplicates should appear in search results (you don't want 5 links to the same question coming up). I think perhaps it would therefore be best to distinguish between two types of duplicates:

  1. Those where the (correct) answer to the question is substantively the same, but it is worded differently (which should be displayed as above, and shouldn't be a problem for search results, as they are worded differently)

  2. Those where the answer to the question is the same, and it is worded the same or very similarly (which should probably be simply merged, or even deleted)

This solution would have to work in tandem with Pekka's migration tool suggestion, although it might be possible to automatically migrate answers with a certain amount of reputation. It would mitigate the problem of rewarding duplicate answers, as all of the answers would be in the same place, they would just be viewable from multiple different places.

The current state as I understand it, is that a question is marked "Closed as an exact duplicate" at the bottom, and links to possible duplicates are edited in to the top of the question (as seen in http://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/125511/mark-duplicate-questions-with-duplicate-instead-of-closed).

In my opinion, instead of linking to the original question, it would be better to simply display it (and it's answers) below the duplicate question.

You would then get a page structure like this:


[duplicate question]

"This question has been marked as a duplicate of a pre-existing question on stackoverflow, below you can see both the original question and answers to this question which should also be relevant to the question above"

[original question]

[answers]


This page would still have an answer button: any answers would simply get added to the original question (and would of course also come up under the duplicate question). Some care would have to be taken in ensuring that people knew which question they were answering, and didn't refer to specific parts of the duplicate question, but considering that the duplicate system is only supposed to be used for exact duplicates, this shouldn't be too much of an issue. In fact, as a bonus, it might encourage people to more thoroughly consider whether or not the question really is a duplicate (if it can't be answered with the same answer, then clearly it is not).

Finally, some consideration would have to be given to when duplicates should appear in search results (you don't want 5 links to the same question coming up). I think perhaps it would therefore be best to distinguish between two types of duplicates:

  1. Those where the (correct) answer to the question is substantively the same, but it is worded differently (which should be displayed as above, and shouldn't be a problem for search results, as they are worded differently)

  2. Those where the answer to the question is the same, and it is worded the same or very similarly (which should probably be simply merged, or even deleted)

This solution would have to work in tandem with Pekka's migration tool suggestion, although it might be possible to automatically migrate answers with a certain amount of reputation. It would mitigate the problem of rewarding duplicate answers, as all of the answers would be in the same place, they would just be viewable from multiple different places.

The current state as I understand it, is that a question is marked "Closed as an exact duplicate" at the bottom, and links to possible duplicates are edited in to the top of the question (as seen in https://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/125511/mark-duplicate-questions-with-duplicate-instead-of-closed).

In my opinion, instead of linking to the original question, it would be better to simply display it (and it's answers) below the duplicate question.

You would then get a page structure like this:


[duplicate question]

"This question has been marked as a duplicate of a pre-existing question on stackoverflow, below you can see both the original question and answers to this question which should also be relevant to the question above"

[original question]

[answers]


This page would still have an answer button: any answers would simply get added to the original question (and would of course also come up under the duplicate question). Some care would have to be taken in ensuring that people knew which question they were answering, and didn't refer to specific parts of the duplicate question, but considering that the duplicate system is only supposed to be used for exact duplicates, this shouldn't be too much of an issue. In fact, as a bonus, it might encourage people to more thoroughly consider whether or not the question really is a duplicate (if it can't be answered with the same answer, then clearly it is not).

Finally, some consideration would have to be given to when duplicates should appear in search results (you don't want 5 links to the same question coming up). I think perhaps it would therefore be best to distinguish between two types of duplicates:

  1. Those where the (correct) answer to the question is substantively the same, but it is worded differently (which should be displayed as above, and shouldn't be a problem for search results, as they are worded differently)

  2. Those where the answer to the question is the same, and it is worded the same or very similarly (which should probably be simply merged, or even deleted)

This solution would have to work in tandem with Pekka's migration tool suggestion, although it might be possible to automatically migrate answers with a certain amount of reputation. It would mitigate the problem of rewarding duplicate answers, as all of the answers would be in the same place, they would just be viewable from multiple different places.

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The current state as I understand it, is that a question is marked "Closed as an exact duplicate" at the bottom, and links to possible duplicates are edited in to the top of the question (as seen in http://meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/125511/mark-duplicate-questions-with-duplicate-instead-of-closedhttp://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/125511/mark-duplicate-questions-with-duplicate-instead-of-closed).

In my opinion, instead of linking to the original question, it would be better to simply display it (and it's answers) below the duplicate question.

You would then get a page structure like this:


[duplicate question]

"This question has been marked as a duplicate of a pre-existing question on stackoverflow, below you can see both the original question and answers to this question which should also be relevant to the question above"

[original question]

[answers]


This page would still have an answer button: any answers would simply get added to the original question (and would of course also come up under the duplicate question). Some care would have to be taken in ensuring that people knew which question they were answering, and didn't refer to specific parts of the duplicate question, but considering that the duplicate system is only supposed to be used for exact duplicates, this shouldn't be too much of an issue. In fact, as a bonus, it might encourage people to more thoroughly consider whether or not the question really is a duplicate (if it can't be answered with the same answer, then clearly it is not).

Finally, some consideration would have to be given to when duplicates should appear in search results (you don't want 5 links to the same question coming up). I think perhaps it would therefore be best to distinguish between two types of duplicates:

  1. Those where the (correct) answer to the question is substantively the same, but it is worded differently (which should be displayed as above, and shouldn't be a problem for search results, as they are worded differently)

  2. Those where the answer to the question is the same, and it is worded the same or very similarly (which should probably be simply merged, or even deleted)

This solution would have to work in tandem with Pekka's migration tool suggestion, although it might be possible to automatically migrate answers with a certain amount of reputation. It would mitigate the problem of rewarding duplicate answers, as all of the answers would be in the same place, they would just be viewable from multiple different places.

The current state as I understand it, is that a question is marked "Closed as an exact duplicate" at the bottom, and links to possible duplicates are edited in to the top of the question (as seen in http://meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/125511/mark-duplicate-questions-with-duplicate-instead-of-closed).

In my opinion, instead of linking to the original question, it would be better to simply display it (and it's answers) below the duplicate question.

You would then get a page structure like this:


[duplicate question]

"This question has been marked as a duplicate of a pre-existing question on stackoverflow, below you can see both the original question and answers to this question which should also be relevant to the question above"

[original question]

[answers]


This page would still have an answer button: any answers would simply get added to the original question (and would of course also come up under the duplicate question). Some care would have to be taken in ensuring that people knew which question they were answering, and didn't refer to specific parts of the duplicate question, but considering that the duplicate system is only supposed to be used for exact duplicates, this shouldn't be too much of an issue. In fact, as a bonus, it might encourage people to more thoroughly consider whether or not the question really is a duplicate (if it can't be answered with the same answer, then clearly it is not).

Finally, some consideration would have to be given to when duplicates should appear in search results (you don't want 5 links to the same question coming up). I think perhaps it would therefore be best to distinguish between two types of duplicates:

  1. Those where the (correct) answer to the question is substantively the same, but it is worded differently (which should be displayed as above, and shouldn't be a problem for search results, as they are worded differently)

  2. Those where the answer to the question is the same, and it is worded the same or very similarly (which should probably be simply merged, or even deleted)

This solution would have to work in tandem with Pekka's migration tool suggestion, although it might be possible to automatically migrate answers with a certain amount of reputation. It would mitigate the problem of rewarding duplicate answers, as all of the answers would be in the same place, they would just be viewable from multiple different places.

The current state as I understand it, is that a question is marked "Closed as an exact duplicate" at the bottom, and links to possible duplicates are edited in to the top of the question (as seen in http://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/125511/mark-duplicate-questions-with-duplicate-instead-of-closed).

In my opinion, instead of linking to the original question, it would be better to simply display it (and it's answers) below the duplicate question.

You would then get a page structure like this:


[duplicate question]

"This question has been marked as a duplicate of a pre-existing question on stackoverflow, below you can see both the original question and answers to this question which should also be relevant to the question above"

[original question]

[answers]


This page would still have an answer button: any answers would simply get added to the original question (and would of course also come up under the duplicate question). Some care would have to be taken in ensuring that people knew which question they were answering, and didn't refer to specific parts of the duplicate question, but considering that the duplicate system is only supposed to be used for exact duplicates, this shouldn't be too much of an issue. In fact, as a bonus, it might encourage people to more thoroughly consider whether or not the question really is a duplicate (if it can't be answered with the same answer, then clearly it is not).

Finally, some consideration would have to be given to when duplicates should appear in search results (you don't want 5 links to the same question coming up). I think perhaps it would therefore be best to distinguish between two types of duplicates:

  1. Those where the (correct) answer to the question is substantively the same, but it is worded differently (which should be displayed as above, and shouldn't be a problem for search results, as they are worded differently)

  2. Those where the answer to the question is the same, and it is worded the same or very similarly (which should probably be simply merged, or even deleted)

This solution would have to work in tandem with Pekka's migration tool suggestion, although it might be possible to automatically migrate answers with a certain amount of reputation. It would mitigate the problem of rewarding duplicate answers, as all of the answers would be in the same place, they would just be viewable from multiple different places.

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The current state as I understand it, is that a question is marked "Closed as an exact duplicate" at the bottom, and links to possible duplicates are edited in to the top of the question (as seen in http://meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/125511/mark-duplicate-questions-with-duplicate-instead-of-closed).

In my opinion, instead of linking to the original question, it would be better to simply display it (and it's answers) below the duplicate question.

You would then get a page structure like this:


[duplicate question]

"This question has been marked as a duplicate of a pre-existing question on stackoverflow, below you can see both the original question and answers to this question which should also be relevant to the question above"

[original question]

[answers]


This page would still have an answer button: any answers would simply get added to the original question (and would of course also come up under the duplicate question). Some care would have to be taken in ensuring that people knew which question they were answering, and didn't refer to specific parts of the duplicate question, but considering that the duplicate system is only supposed to be used for exact duplicates, this shouldn't be too much of an issue. In fact, as a bonus, it might encourage people to more thoroughly consider whether or not the question really is a duplicate (if it can't be answered with the same answer, then clearly it is not).

Finally, some consideration would have to be given to when duplicates should appear in search results (you don't want 5 links to the same question coming up). I think perhaps it would therefore be best to distinguish between two types of duplicates:

  1. Those where the (correct) answer to the question is substantively the same, but it is worded differently (which should be displayed as above, and shouldn't be a problem for search results, as they are worded differently)

  2. Those where the answer to the question is the same, and it is worded the same or very similarly (which should probably be simply merged, or even deleted)

This solution would have to work in tandem with Pekka's migration tool suggestion, although it might be possible to automatically migrate answers with a certain amount of reputation. It would mitigate the problem of rewarding duplicate answers, as all of the answers would be in the same place, they would just be viewable from multiple different places.