Allow a question to be marked with a "relevant info" box which contains a link to another question which is relevant to the one being marked.
I see questions marked as dupe which are not really a dupe. Users seem to use the "close as dupe" option when questions are only "related" or "similar".
Granted, this issue doesn't happen a great deal, as community manages it fairly well, but this idea wouldn't just resolve a (small) issue.
It would also allow for a greater number of questions to be linked together to allow for a much greater collection of relevant info when they are not a dupe.
This could quite possibly happen a great deal and is likely to benefit the OP and other users wanting an answer.
So at the top of the question, similar to the "close as dupe" system, something like:
This question has a similar question here:
Other question title 1 answer
The link which would allow users to mark a question with a similar question could go next to the current options:
share | edit | close | flag | similar
Or another word other than "similar", such as "relevant", "linked", "other info", etc.
Would need 5 votes as usual for a proposed "similar" to be pushed through. With a revert vote option too, so community can itself mod both ways (in case a few users get overly excited by a potential similar which is not).
Or maybe just 3 votes, as a question incorrectly being linked as "similar" has far less adverse effects than an incorrect dupe
Doesn't close the question or put on hold, it's just to provide information.
- A question being linked with another relevant question allows for additional and relevant info to be collated - potentially assisting in the new question getting a good answer
- Stops questions being marked as "dupe" when they're not really a dupe
- Allows "dupe" to be used as it should be
- Questions which don't have a real dupe remain open instead of being closed (annoying users and potentially stopping decent questions being asked)
- Allows questions which do have a similar question but is not quite a dupe to still be linked to, rather than (as currently) left and a potential to collate data lost
- People might link to another question for the sake of it, rather than it being a relevant question worthy of being linked to
Couldn't think of any other cons which are particularly problematic.
That con is no different to numerous other community potential issues, however, such as users marking questions as dupe when not dupe; unfair voting, etc
This is handled in the usual way of 5 votes required and revert option.
I know we have the "Related questions" side bar, but it's over to the right as a separate feature, whereas the proposed idea here directly links questions together, and is more prominently placed.
A link to a similar question being directly on the question itself is more likely to be clicked by users than the "Related" question list on the right. It's the first thing they see on the question.
Not sure if this would work, so not proposing it in the feature request, but perhaps when a question is marked as "similar" to another question, the similar question is automatically marked as "similar" and linked back to the current question.