The changed duplicate functionality (just now?) won't let us mark a duplicate where an asker asks the same question twice in an effort to get a response. eg:


This is because neither question presently has answers or upvotes.

What's the preferred action in this event?

(I get that the example is probably too localized anyway, but the question still stands).

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    This is exactly what the site needs, making it even harder to close as duplicate. Oh look, we're at 4.4 million questions now!
    – Pekka
    Commented Feb 1, 2013 at 20:30
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    WTF is this new feature.. this awful. Can't mark as a duplicate of a question without an upvoted or accepted answer? WHHHHATTTT?!??!! Commented Feb 1, 2013 at 23:49
  • @LightnessRacesinOrbit: As with all new features, there will be bugs. Calm down for a moment, it'll all get cleared up in a day or two. This happens quite often. Commented Feb 2, 2013 at 7:28
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    @Manishearth: Actually, no, it won't. My problem is with the new feature as designed, not any bug. But we have a thread for that now. Commented Feb 2, 2013 at 7:45
  • @LightnessRacesinOrbit: I already saw that (upvoted). It may not classify as a "bug" (this one does though), but I really doubt that it won't get fixed soon. The point behind testing these things on your users is to get good feedback. Commented Feb 2, 2013 at 7:48
  • @Manishearth: And my earlier comment was, in part, that exact feedback ;) Commented Feb 2, 2013 at 7:52
  • @LightnessRacesinOrbit: Well, it looked more of a rant to me, since there already was a long meta post on the same matter :/ Commented Feb 2, 2013 at 8:04
  • @Manishearth: Not at that time, there wasn't! I posted this immediately thereafter, and everything started from there. Commented Feb 2, 2013 at 8:22

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Just a thought - A fix might be simply to allow the duplicate regardless if the asker is the same for both questions.

  • Yeah, this was supposed to be the case. Looks like that check was missed.
    – Shog9
    Commented Feb 1, 2013 at 15:56
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    This will be fixed in the next production build, sometime this afternoon Eastern Time, /cc @Shog9 Commented Feb 1, 2013 at 18:28
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    @JarrodDixon Ugh, can we disable this on Meta too? It makes consolidating bug reports obnoxious.
    – Tim Stone
    Commented Feb 1, 2013 at 21:00
  • @TimStone great point - on metas, will allow any question to be chosen as the original. Commented Feb 1, 2013 at 21:06
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    @JarrodDixon Fantastic, thanks!
    – Tim Stone
    Commented Feb 1, 2013 at 21:06

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