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 Feb 1 '13 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?!??!! – Lightness Races in Orbit Feb 1 '13 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. – Manishearth Feb 2 '13 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. – Lightness Races in Orbit Feb 2 '13 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. – Manishearth Feb 2 '13 at 7:48
  • @Manishearth: And my earlier comment was, in part, that exact feedback ;) – Lightness Races in Orbit Feb 2 '13 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 :/ – Manishearth Feb 2 '13 at 8:04
  • @Manishearth: Not at that time, there wasn't! I posted this immediately thereafter, and everything started from there. – Lightness Races in Orbit Feb 2 '13 at 8:22

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 Feb 1 '13 at 15:56
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    This will be fixed in the next production build, sometime this afternoon Eastern Time, /cc @Shog9 – Jarrod Dixon ModStaff Feb 1 '13 at 18:28
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    @JarrodDixon Ugh, can we disable this on Meta too? It makes consolidating bug reports obnoxious. – Tim Stone Feb 1 '13 at 21:00
  • @TimStone great point - on metas, will allow any question to be chosen as the original. – Jarrod Dixon ModStaff Feb 1 '13 at 21:06
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    @JarrodDixon Fantastic, thanks! – Tim Stone Feb 1 '13 at 21:06

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