For at least the past week or so, every time that I go to close a question in the iOS/iphone/related tags, it ALWAYS includes this question as the top candidate for closing: How to check for an active Internet connection on iOS or OSX?.

For instance, I voted to close this question: How to parse the string "2013-06-13T05:47:03.737Z" to NSDate object as a duplicate (which has absolutely nothing to do with the referenced question) and it showed up again, right at the top.

I'm guessing that it is picking it up just from the tags (the question that it is returning is one of the most highly upvoted questions in the tag), but there should be at least some matching content in the title or question itself before it suggests another question as a duplicate.

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    Note the tags are very general in the question. These are very influenetal in the heuristics for related questions. If someone tags it crappy, it gets crappy related and dup suggestions.
    – user213963
    Commented Jul 31, 2014 at 3:25

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I can't replicate it today. It must have been a passing glitch or something that has been fixed.

  • Try looking at any question with the iphone tag (that doesn't already have a vote to close as duplicate). It includes this question as a possible duplicate (even when it clearly isn't).
    – lnafziger
    Commented Jan 31, 2014 at 16:38
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    @lnafziger: I can totally reproduce this. +1 to your report. Commented Jan 31, 2014 at 19:50
  • That is probably because that question has 118 duplicates or linked questions. I am not quite sure this is not the expected behavior
    – Sklivvz
    Commented Jan 31, 2014 at 20:02
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    Well, it should be a related question though, right?? Just because it is highly upvoted in the same tag doesn't automatically mean that it is related....
    – lnafziger
    Commented Jan 31, 2014 at 20:43

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