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Is it okay to copy-paste answers from other questions?
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This question will probably be closed in a few minutes. It is a duplicate but I couldn't find the question using with meta search.

Anyway, here is older answer, here is the new answer. In this case, is vote to close the new question as a possible dublicate not the best choice? Looks to me a little bit not ethical.

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    Why do you feel that that is a copied answer? Jan 8, 2013 at 19:04
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    I feel you are jumping to conclusions here. The code is simple enough, the new answer doesn't have a syntax error like the old one does, and it looks like this is how you sort listboxes in C#. At the very least, benefit of the doubt should be applied here. Jan 8, 2013 at 19:09
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    Just because answers are similar, it doesn't mean they are copied. Look at this other C# question C# stored procedure with parameters with 8 almost identical answers.
    – Bo Persson
    Jan 8, 2013 at 19:43

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Nothing wrong with that, so long as you give proper attribution.

Of course, it is better to add details and making it a better answer.

However, if the older answer fully answers the new question, chances are good that the new question is a duplicate of the older one and should be closed as such.

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    Not certain they are dupes; don't know enough C# but one is about sorting, general, the other about sorting with datetimes in the listbox. The answers may turn out to be the same though. Jan 8, 2013 at 19:06
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    @MartijnPieters - The answers seem to have an identical structure, but they are clearly based on different code bases (variable names and such).
    – Oded
    Jan 8, 2013 at 19:07
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    But most of all, the answers look similar to me because that's how you sort listbox contents. Not sure how you'd come to a different answer in that simple case. Jan 8, 2013 at 19:07
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    @MartijnPieters - True. When it comes to simple questions, the questions may end up being very different, but the solution and answers to the different questions can easily end up being identical.
    – Oded
    Jan 8, 2013 at 19:08
  • @Downvoter - care to comment?
    – Oded
    Jan 8, 2013 at 20:22

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