There is a problem with duplicates not being handled well on the site over time as outlined here. Sometimes the chain leading to the best canonical question is too long, sometimes it doesn't even link to the best canonical, sometimes it links to a deleted question, and sometimes a post closed before they changed the process will link to an unanswered question.

I would like to request that Trusted Users (20k+) be allowed to change the Close as Duplicate link so that those questions could all eventually be pointed towards a non-deleted non-closed answered canonical question (optimally).

I think it would be best if we had a queue for this, so that it would take multiple Trusted Users to actually implement the change.

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    Yes I think this is something that we should be allowed to do; though I think 20k might be a little too high seeing as smaller sites aren't going to have many of those users.
    – ɥʇǝS
    Mar 19, 2013 at 15:13
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    @Seth, a lot of the small sites have different privilege levels. Trusted Users on those sites can be set to a lower amount. Mar 19, 2013 at 15:15
  • That is true; but take WordPress Development for example, there are only 3 or 4 20k users that aren't moderators and on Ask Ubuntu we only have 4-6 active 20k users.
    – ɥʇǝS
    Mar 19, 2013 at 15:18
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    @Seth, yep, but I think it should be a very restricted ability, as it is pretty powerful. I would set it higher on Stack Overflow, but thought the Trusted User nomenclature was the right one to use. They just don't have names (or attendant privileges) for levels over 20k. Mar 19, 2013 at 15:19
  • Related: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/171309/… Mar 19, 2013 at 16:09
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    Come on guys, it's related, definitely not an exact duplicate. This is a specific feature request, not a general bug report. Mar 19, 2013 at 16:56
  • it could also work if this privilege give to 15k+ user Mar 19, 2013 at 17:21
  • yes it will be very useful i have saw many time that question in duplicate link dialog is deleted (sorry dont have link) Mar 21, 2013 at 14:50
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    @LanceRoberts One day all meta questions will be closed as a duplicate of the unanswered "I did something and what I wanted to happen didn't happen". Sep 16, 2013 at 18:18

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As of a few minutes ago, if you have a gold tag-badge for a tag associated with a question that's been closed as a duplicate, you can edit the duplicate links to replace, add, remove or re-arrange them.

For details, see: Gold tag-badge holders and moderators can now edit duplicate links

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