While doing my time in the review queue, this question (question
A) came up as a possible duplicate, with this question (question
B) cited as the "best original." Being a thorough person, I checked out question
B and noted the following:
topic: very similar
pageviews: ~13k ~125k
votes: 16 241
answers: 5 12
B seemed a lot more comprehensive and explanatory, as opposed to
A's which was a basic "just do it this way." The answers also don't perfectly agree with each other, so I may be missing something that Crockford might catch, but overall
B looks much better.
So, perfect reasons to close, right? Then I looked at the dates:
A was asked May 6 '10 at 6:23, while
B was asked Aug 2 '10 at 17:53 - three months later. And so my question: should we be marking something as a "duplicate" of another question even though it was asked first?
I think most would agree that
B is the better question, has a more searchable title and text, has attracted more and higher-quality answers, and would probably be of better use to future visitors. But,
A was asked first, so labeling it a dupe is problematic. There is nothing inherently wrong with the question, and depending on your personal preferences you may like its answer better.
So, with these doubts, I declined to vote for closure, and left a note for the initiator of the close process that s/he should check dates before marking dupes. I now see that other reviewers either didn't see the comment about the date discrepancy or didn't care, as the question is now on hold. I have nominated it to be re-opened, but figured I should bring the discussion here to get the community's view on things.