It has been determined in certain conditions, an old question can be marked as a duplicate of a newer one.
However the explanation message still says duplicates are for newer questions.

screen shot of the text box

In this case, the part: "This question has been asked before ..." should be changed, because some questions have already been marked as duplicate of a newer one.

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Now that I look at it, I find the next section of the message [wordy|repetitive|dense|the word "answers" shows up too many times, too close together] as well.

"This question has been asked elsewhere. If the answers there do not fully..." (identical from that point forward)

  • I'm Ok with your proposal. Please note that I can't accept your answer as you don't have the necessary rights... Dec 28, 2013 at 15:50
  • @user2284570 I don't have the necessary rights? What does that mean? It's fine if you don't accept it; I'd like if you wait for more answers, personally; that way we get more input. Just curious what you mean.
    – Trojan
    Dec 28, 2013 at 16:07
  • That you can't implement the feature of course! :) Dec 28, 2013 at 16:47
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    @user2284570 There isn't a requirement that I be a Stack Exchange team member to accept my answer. If you agree that much, accept it. If the question gets enough traffic, somebody from the team will see it and decide if it's worth implementing. (This is where I believe leaving the question unsolved for a little while could generate more traffic)
    – Trojan
    Dec 28, 2013 at 16:57

I suggest that it means "asked before now" rather than "asked before this question".

I don't see a driving need for change.

  • You didn't understand: Imagine you ask a question. Later someone ask a question, with the same topic. Your question (which is older) is closed as a duplicate. The message you got with the duplicate tell your question is newer than the other one, whereas this is the contrary (your closed question is older than the opened one). Dec 28, 2013 at 14:59
  • I understood perfectly. But, okay, what should it be changed to?
    – ale
    Dec 28, 2013 at 15:08
  • Why not something starting like : "This question covers the same content as an another one....". Note : I'm bad at finding good sentences like this one. Dec 28, 2013 at 15:12

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