Yesterday I posted my first question here with a nice answer and some useful comments...
And then it was rightfully closed as a duplicate.
I felt a bit of a dumb ass not having found that earlier question, as I know I spent time searching before posing the question and looked through the list of 'Questions that may already have your answer'. I did not pay to much attention to the 'Similar Questions' bar as that changed multiple times while I typed.
Today I tried to redo my search in order to see where I went wrong (and if this question is going to be a duplicate too, I obviously failed).
I first tried the searches that I remembered entering and I found that when using the words
close my own (now closed) question was on place 9 and the earlier one at place 25 (all these places might be off by one or two, it is difficult to count through a list that you have to scroll through). That seemed to be because I use the word
preview which is not in the title of the earlier question. However that word is in a tag of the earlier question.
Then I started retyping the question (don't worry I did not resubmit) to look at the 'Questions that may already have your answer'. The earlier question did not show up there. And what I noticed is that adding tags did not change that list.
Then out of curiosity I redid my search with some of the words as tags
close which gave the earlier post position 11 and my own 21.
If I make that
vote-to-close, there is only one question left: mine. I did not look for that yesterday however.
Then I retried the suggestion from this answer and searched via google:
site:http://meta.stackoverflow.com/ review reopen self close
the earlier question did not show up on the first two pages out of the 2.3M answers (does anyone ever try further pages?).
Then after repasting my body of my question I finally found the earlier question in the 'Similar Questions` side bar. I did not notice that yesterday, but I am sure it must have been there.
Typing this I noticed this answer for What is the best way to find duplicate questions, which, had I looked at that yesterday, would have pointed me to the Similar Questions.
However I have a few excuses and I would like to know if others share the following observations:
- I observed
Questions that may already have your answermore than
Similar Questionsbecause it was not changing all the time. But I think it should have changed on selecting tags and/or search through the similar set of tags.
Similar Questionsopens the question in the same window, that should be in a new window/tab like
Questions that may already have your answeras the first thing you do is decline moving from the page you are editing, and then you have the extra effort of right-clicking-> open in new tab.
- There is no entry in the FAQ on preventing duplicate questions, I think it should at least include a link to a proper workflow to prevent duplicates.
- If a user (this is my third SE question) has low question experience or a large percentage of duplicates in posted questions, then a popup while hovering
Post your Question(or a two-step confirm) pointing out to look once more through *
Similar Questionsnow that this site has matched all of your question` would IMHO be appropriate.
Just before hitting the
Post Your Question I looked through
Similar Questions and found Is it to hard to locate duplicate questions. I hope mine is different enough not to warrant closing.