Some questions on Stack Overflow get repeated many times, for example basic Java IO questions.
Maybe I'm being the devil's advocate, but isn't there a possible hidden benefit to having dupes? I.e., then we attract more Google queries? Also - it allows some newbies to build reputation?
I guess what I'm asking is, do the negatives of dupes to Stack Overflow really outweight the positives, when it comes to having duplicates?
Edit: Just want to clarify that I'm supporting what Kate said.(in light of the current situation regarding closures vs. deletions. ) , Keeping dupes around while still closing them. I do see a benefit to, when the situation exists, directing users to high-quality dupes versus low-quality dupes. Although I'm not sure that we have a reliable way to differentiate what exactly qualifies a post as the "canonical duplicate." But overall, my original intent was more aligned with avoiding deletion(but allow closure).