I have seen a lot of questions all over Stack Exchange which have a lot of upvotes but are completely against the rules (e.g: Resources for learning Mandarin Chinese and What technical details should a programmer of a web application consider before making the site public?). I actually like these questions and I think it's good that they're not deleted or whatever.

However I've seen some questions actually duplicating the things that are already answered/asked in one of those questions. Now I've seen some just being closed as off topic (while I think this might be confusing to new people) like: How to get started learning Chinese. Others are closed as a duplicate (Where to master HTML, CSS and Javascript?).

What should be done with these questions? Close as duplicate or off-topic?

Off-topic: I know the Chinese Stack Exchange question might be a weird example since it's a Stack Exchange that's not really popular, but I've seen more on other Stack Exchange websites like this which are closed as off-topic. About the duplicate ones, you can find a lot of them if you just look at linked.


All the questions you link to are community-wikis. This means the information is regularly updated and added to by the community.

They are attempts to be canonical questions which are asked quite often on that particular site, but are off-topic. If you see the 'Linked' questions in the sidebar, you'll see there are loads! - This is because these questions are always linked to when someone asks, a helpful, but off-topic question.

So, the community wiki questions should (and will) stay. If you see questions that are off-topic that aren't community wiki, then flag/vote to close, if possible as a dupe to a previously made canonical question.

The already existing duplicates pointing towards the community wikis should also stay - because duplicates help other users find what they want - they often contain different words that other people type whilst searching for something.

  • Did you read the question though? I know the community wiki should and will stay. Im talking about the (duplicate) questions linked with them. 90% of your post is not relevant to this. – Loko May 29 '15 at 10:44
  • @Loko sorry - but still, the duplicates should stay, because duplicates sometimes contain words other users type whilst searching. I've edited my answer. – ᔕᖺᘎᕊ May 29 '15 at 10:47
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    Yeah but the normal thing to do is close them. What should they be closed as? Off topic or duplicate? – Loko May 29 '15 at 10:47
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    I think this post does answer your question Loko. Read the final paragraph. – Rory Alsop May 29 '15 at 10:48
  • @RoryAlsop Yeah it does but not really a good explanation why dupe and not off topic. – Loko May 29 '15 at 10:48
  • @ᔕᖺᘎᕊ Ok this is a good edit to it. I'll accept it. – Loko May 29 '15 at 10:49

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