I have just had "Should the [table] tag be removed"? closed as a duplicate of "Can we start cleaning up [table] tag and burninate it ASAP"

The questions that was closed is 2 years old, the question that remains is 2 months old. A case can be made for the newer question being better written, however the older questions has some answers unlike the newer question.

It seems that a lot of people just jumped in after the “first close as duplicate” vote without noticing the difference in the age of the questions – does the UI need changing on the close queue to make the age of questions and number of answers clearer to closers?

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    Actually it's totally legit if the newer question/answers are more complete. I'm pretty sure it was already discussed, let me search... by the way why close-queue tag?! Dec 10, 2013 at 9:22
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  • The linked dupe is perfect example, tons of older questions got closed as its duplicate, including even one posted over three years before. Dec 10, 2013 at 9:25
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    @ShaWizDowArd, look at this case, the newer quesion has no answers. However there are times when it is clearly legit. Dec 10, 2013 at 9:26
  • I thought there was a system in place that didn't allow to close as a duplicate when the suggested duplicate has no answers?
    – Stijn
    Dec 10, 2013 at 9:26
  • @Stijn there is on Stack Overflow, not on Meta. (not sure about other sites) Dec 10, 2013 at 9:27
  • @IanRingrose your case is indeed somewhat different, but I still agree with closing yours (the older) as dupe of the newer, as it's better to "start over" in tag cleanup then resurrecting old posts. Dec 10, 2013 at 9:31
  • @ShaWizDowArd, maybe the "This question has been asked before and already has an answer. " text that is used when a quesion is closed as a duplicate needs changing, or a differnt close reason for combiniing quesions on meta is needed Dec 10, 2013 at 10:04
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    @IanRingrose agree about wording, better changed to something like "This question has been already asked and got answer" to address those cases. (or "asked elsewhere" maybe?) Dec 10, 2013 at 11:20


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