On this question, the best answer is this one. (I linked in the comments)

Should I flag it as a duplicate question, even though the parent of that answer is not the same language, or is some other flag more appropriate, or some other action the best?


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No, they're not duplicate questions.

Answers are not considered when evaluating questions as duplicates, and in this specific instance, the questions only bear a passing resemblance.


Your link is correct and does answer the question. I did flag that this question myself as a duplicate (though a duplicate to a different question than you did). I linked to another for the same language that the OP was asking about, but the ultimate response is the same.

I don't think it matters so much; if it is a duplicate problem and/or scenario with a duplicate answer, even with some a few differences, it's a duplicate.

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    "What is paper made out of ?" and "Where do the raw materials for log cabins come from?" are not duplicates, even though the answer for both is "trees."
    – Pops
    Commented Aug 30, 2012 at 19:55
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    @PopularDemand I'm pretty sure my post says ...if it's a duplicate problem/scenario/answer... and not just ...if it's a duplicate answer.... In other words: If it is a duplicate problem and/or scenario with a duplicate answer, then it's a duplicate.
    – Gaffi
    Commented Aug 31, 2012 at 3:26
  • That's entirely unfair. You edited your post after I wrote my comment. At the time I commented, the post said "if it's a duplicate problem/scenario/answer."
    – Pops
    Commented Aug 31, 2012 at 13:50
  • @PopularDemand (You'll see this comment was edited - I forgot to tag you) It's not unfair. I did edit the answer (the correction coming from my comment), but I quoted myself directly in the comment with the version you responded to. To quote my comment "I'm pretty sure my post says ...if it's a duplicate problem/scenario/answer..."
    – Gaffi
    Commented Aug 31, 2012 at 13:53
  • There is no (relevant) difference between "if it's a duplicate problem/scenario/answer" and "if it's a duplicate answer." The latter is a subset of the former.
    – Pops
    Commented Aug 31, 2012 at 14:01
  • @PopularDemand And to that end, you are correct, hence my comment explanation and subsequent correction.
    – Gaffi
    Commented Aug 31, 2012 at 14:32
  • Hm. The first time I read your first comment, I thought you were saying I read it wrong and pointing at the later revision as evidence. And that the phrase with the slashes was different than the one without. Now I see that you meant that you saw the issue and corrected it. Sorry for wasting your time with this whole side conversation.
    – Pops
    Commented Aug 31, 2012 at 14:40
  • @PopularDemand Yeah, I probably could have worded it better. I was feeling a bit defensive myself. :-) No hard feelings!
    – Gaffi
    Commented Aug 31, 2012 at 14:43

Because there's been previous frowning upon removing C# tags for general .NET questions asked by C# users, almost all C# questions can be asked again as VB.NET (and F# and C++/CLI) questions.

But in this case they're clearly not the same Question, so no, these are not the duplicates you're looking for. (Clearly there is another duplicate question to point to.)

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