My duplicate question was just closed for being an exact duplicate.


So naturally I looked to see what this answer is.


This answer doesn't really apply. It's a "me too", but it doesn't tell me if this won't happen by policy, will happen maybe, or anything.

Note that I'm not complaining about the answer, it's relevant on meta, I know. I'm complaining about the "this question has been answered here:" when it hasn't been.

On a main site, this banner would be incredibly frustrating and lead to "THIS DIDN'T WORK" or various other comments on the referenced question asking for answers.

In a similar vein as "Marked as duplicate text doesn't make sense for questions that have no answer", this banner is exceedingly unhelpful, and should probably be changed to something like "This question has already been asked here:".

Simple, true, effective.

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    Exact Duplicate and This question has already been asked here are... semantically the same, aren't they? One just has more words. Nitpicking, though; I do see your main point.
    – user206222
    Apr 4, 2013 at 15:04
  • Maybe the other question can get a more helpful answer now that your question links to it. Linking the questions is the important part, even if the message text isn't always a perfect fit.
    – Bo Persson
    Apr 4, 2013 at 15:24
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    @Telthien It's all about the subtext.
    – VxJasonxV
    Apr 4, 2013 at 15:46
  • @BoPersson Or people may ignore it because "it's already been answered".
    – VxJasonxV
    Apr 4, 2013 at 15:46
  • @VxJasonxV I'm not sure what you mean?
    – user206222
    Apr 4, 2013 at 15:50
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    @Telthien OP isn't complaining about "exact duplicate", but about "this question already has an answer here". While a post might be an exact duplicate, that doesn't mean it has been answered, so he suggests to change the secondly quoted text.
    – Keelan
    Apr 4, 2013 at 16:05
  • ^ Exactly correct.
    – VxJasonxV
    Apr 4, 2013 at 23:21


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