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Some questions are hard to search for because they are phrased in different ways. Is there a way to create an "alternate question title" to reduce the chance that someone will create a duplicate? The other option is to create a duplicate question then close it and link to the original question, but I don't think people will like this option.

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    Probably a dupe... – random Sep 11 '09 at 1:38
  • I tried searching, but couldn't find it – Casebash Sep 11 '09 at 1:41
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    Must be because it was using alternative words and synonyms. – random Sep 11 '09 at 1:42
  • Anyone have a dupe link? – Casebash Sep 11 '09 at 1:44
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The other option is to create a duplicate question then close it and link to the original question, but I don't think people will like this option.

I don't like this option. I think the duplicate should automatically redirect to the original.

Unfortunately, this is the option that has been implemented. Just gotta deal with it, i guess...

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  • I'm confused now: so it is legitimate to write a new question for an existing question with improvable wording, and close it as duplicate? – Alberto Jan 24 '13 at 13:29
  • @Alberto: probably best to just let it happen naturally. – Shog9 Jan 24 '13 at 15:30
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    My point is that in a few occasions, trying to find a solution to a problem took me quite a long time. It turned out that there already were a corresponding question with a good answer in SO, but due to a different OP's approach to the problem, or due to poor wording, I couldn't find the answers easily. I know I'll face some of these problems again, and would like to help myself by rewriting the question. I have considered adding a new wording as a comment to the OP's question, but I'm not sure if this will help the search (are comments indexed?), nor if it won't be considered to disruptive... – Alberto Jan 24 '13 at 15:45
  • I agree with Alberto, probably best to act proactively. – Franck Dernoncourt May 30 '16 at 9:30
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I am all for this! Currently, there are (at least) two identical questions regarding whether they should use 64bit Windows 7 or not. The 'duplicate' question was not closed because the title was worded differently. Although I do believe it is important to have multiple titles (just like Wikipedia does) for the same question, I do not believe there should be two completely disjointed discussions on the same topic.

Perhaps a link to 'additional discussions' would be handy, just like reddit does for duplicate submissions

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Most people create poor question titles, so how will they do any better making a second one?

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    Not sure about most, but it is certainly common enough (most of my non-retag edits seem to have been about rewording titles). – Richard Sep 11 '09 at 8:35
  • Those people are unlikely to create an "alternate question title". – Franck Dernoncourt May 30 '16 at 9:31

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