It'll be nice if a notification is displayed when you're writing an answer to a question and someone else votes it as a dupe. Today, I answered a question and when I submitted, I noticed that it's being voted as an exact duplicate. It was indeed a duplicate so I deleted my answer and voted as a dupe. It would be nice to have notifications like the one that says "2 new answers added to the question" for duplicate votes and closing too.

  • aaah, delete. (1) You've earned the 'Peer Pressure' badge... AH
    – metadings
    Commented Mar 20, 2013 at 1:35
  • didn't know about the Disciplined badge... was an unliked question :(
    – metadings
    Commented Mar 20, 2013 at 1:51

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Agreed. If we're embracing the Fastest Gun in the West, this can certainly be aggravating. I know I always answer the question as fast as I can unless I know that I've seen the question before--I'm not actively checking for dupes. So a little, "Hey, you're wasting your time" banner would be fantastic. Especially because I'm verbose and I like to write a treatise on the most mundane of topics.

  • Heh. Agreed. Searching for dupes would usually take longer than just typing an answer if you haven't seen it before and know the actual wording. Even if it's later marked as a dupe and you delete your answer, you haven't lost too much in comparison :)
    – mmx
    Commented Aug 20, 2009 at 12:49
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    My treatises are more treatisier than your treatises
    – TheTXI
    Commented Aug 20, 2009 at 13:14

I like this idea... not deleting the question is ok (as Jeff stated, this serves the purpose of incrementing the chances of finding a question when you search with different words), but all the answers should be in the original.

That way if you find a question with no answers, you can click on the possible duplicates link and find them all in one place

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