Here is the problem:

I searched for a certain answer and found 3 relevant posts in different but related questions.

So I answered one of them and duplicated it to others. One of the reviewers deleted the duplicates saying that it's not allowed.

I do understand the issue and the logic. But on the other hand, people reaching those other questions will be interested in my solution.

So how do I present my solution to the other questions? Maybe comment?

  • If the questions are the same they should be made into duplicates, if not, how can the same answer apply equally to them all? May 21, 2015 at 9:18
  • They do resemble each other, but not the same. In this issue it was on how to ID that a certain request is related to a Cordova App. I suggested altering the User Agent in a specific way. May 21, 2015 at 9:20
  • Can you link to these questions?
    – user1228
    May 21, 2015 at 12:34

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In general, if your answer fits on all those question without alteration I highly doubt those question are not a duplicate of each other.

You claim that is not the case which should be come clear from your answer. You could always choose the safe side by opening with I answered a similar question [here](link to post) but in your specific case you'll need to apply that answer as follows: [rest of your answer, made specific for this case]

One other option is to edit-in the specific changes needed for the other questions in your original answer. Something like Other possible causes can be.... you have to change the following... to address the issues encountered in the other questions. You can then close flag/vote those other question as a duplicate of the question with your now canonical answer.

  • perfectly answered
    – Pushpak
    May 21, 2015 at 9:37
  • I disagree with your start: If your answer fits on all those question without alteration I highly doubt those question are not a duplicate of each other. This could easily be so I think. I can't recall one right now but it wouldn't be extremely rare. I agree with: I answered a similar question [here](link to post)
    – Loko
    May 21, 2015 at 14:31
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    I like the contradiction in your comment: It could easily be but I can't recall one right now...
    – rene
    May 21, 2015 at 14:35
  • @rene Not necessarily a contradiction. Just laziness.
    – Loko
    May 27, 2015 at 11:56
  • @rene Maybe I shouldn't have used the word 'easily'.
    – Loko
    May 27, 2015 at 13:13
  • @Loko your point is not invalid and my highly doubt leaves the possibility open that questions exist that can have the same answer without the questions being duplicates. I have the same problem as you: I don't have an example ready and I'm also to lazy to search for any. I could add In general to make clear what the intent is?
    – rene
    May 27, 2015 at 13:30
  • @rene After I read this comment, I understand what you're saying in your answer. I understood it the wrong way before. I probably just read too quick.
    – Loko
    May 27, 2015 at 13:35

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