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I have gone through these two questions answered by Mike and CommonsWare. Mike has just copied and pasted CommonsWare's answer as-is from another question. Answer by Mike and original Answer By CommonsWare.

So should there be any option of duplicate vote. Or we can just refer that it duplicate.

I think he can comment with a Link instead of giving new answer

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Link given by me will not work now.as one duplicate question is already deleted by moderator when i flag this.

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There is a procedure: flag the answer so a moderator can take action if it's needed.

In addition, you can:

  • downvote the answer
  • post a comment to politely point to the copy-paste and explain that this is not an encouraged behaviour.

And of course, if another answer is suitable, there is a chance that the question is a duplicate too, so you can vote to close it if warranted.

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There is a procedure: flag the answer so a moderator can take action if it's needed.

In addition, you can:

  • downvote the answer
  • post a comment to politely point to the copy-paste and explain that this is not an encouraged behaviour.

And of course, if another answer is suitable, there is a chance that the question is a duplicate too, so you can vote to close it if warranted.


all joking aside...

There are three scenarios I can think of

1 (one). Answers are trivial and therefore similar
2 (two). Answer is a dupe of the same user's answer
3 (three). Answer is copied directly from another user

If the answer is somewhat similar (as often happens with questions whose answers are trivial), please don't worry about it. We have lots of users who obsess about this. "His answer for a regex that matches all words with more than five letters is exactly the same as mine!" Well, no offal, Sherlock. In cases like this, just move on (preferrably), downvote (not even worth it), or move on. Or you could just move on. Moving on is best.

If the answer is an exact copy of another answer by the same user, don't worry about it. The website will automatically flag these for moderator attention.

If, as in this case, the answer was a direct copy of another users' work, PLEASE flag it for moderator attention! That is unethical and an abuse of our users, and will not be tolerated.

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    I flagged this answer, since you clearly used your moderator hypno-ray to make Gamecat copy your answer 5 hours before you posted it.
    – jscs
    Apr 13, 2012 at 18:09
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    @IuliusCæsar: I have dismissed your flag as "shut your face, snitch!"
    – user1228
    Apr 13, 2012 at 18:14
  • You turned into a copycat for the first part of your answer :P. Apr 13, 2012 at 22:24
  • @Won't:so that's what moderator do when we flag any answer :)
    – Tofeeq
    Apr 26, 2012 at 13:19
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    @TofeeqAhmad Shake our fists violently in the air, scream select words and ultimately decide what to do with it. All kidding aside? Duplicate answers usually result in a question being closed and merged, and at least one of the duplicate answers deleted. It really depends on if the questions are far enough apart to remain on their own.
    – Tim Post
    Apr 26, 2012 at 13:29

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