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These three questions are essentially the same:

UICollectionView - Horizontal paging with 3 pages visible and 1 in the middle using UICollectionView

UICollectionView: paging like Safari tabs or App Store search

UICollectionView, paging, and clipsToBounds

I found a good solution for it, blogged, and answered all three of these questions with the same post. Two of those were deleted, so I'm assuming it's bad form to answer multiple questions with the same answer.

What is the proper way to help people who've asked the same question in a different place?

Also, why was the answer with one upvote deleted, leaving one with no upvotes?

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  • If all questions can be answered with the same answer, why not mark them as duplicates of one of them?
    – Bart
    Apr 18, 2013 at 14:26
  • @Bart Because of "This question does not have an upvoted or accepted answer"
    – hjpotter92
    Apr 18, 2013 at 14:28
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    @hjpotter92 Then, as the author of an answer, add your excellent answer, get upvotes for it and flag/vote for the closure of the dupes.
    – Bart
    Apr 18, 2013 at 14:31
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    @Bart In the meantime, people don't have answers to questions, though. Apr 18, 2013 at 14:34
  • That's unfortunate then. They should ideally not have asked duplicate questions to begin with though. And one not having any answers is no excuse there either.
    – Bart
    Apr 18, 2013 at 14:39
  • These do seem like duplicate questions to me, but given the ios tag I'm reluctant to just close them without some more people voting first. Apr 18, 2013 at 14:45
  • I've flagged them as dupes, it wasn't apparent to me how to do that at first. Apr 18, 2013 at 14:49

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...so I'm assuming it's bad form to answer multiple questions with the same answer.

Yes, if you can copy/paste the same answer to multiple questions, then the questions are either duplicates or you should be customizing your answers to fit the specific questions that are asked.

What is the proper way to help people who've asked the same question in a different place?

If the questions are duplicates then you should answer one of them, then vote to close, flag for a moderator to close, and/or leave a comment on the others with a link to the original (answered) question so other members of the community will vote to close.

Also, why was the answer with one upvote deleted, leaving one with no upvotes?

That's just due to the way duplicates are flagged. When you copy/paste your answers, the later copies are the ones removed, regardless of voting.

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