In multiple meta questions it's suggested that an older question can be marked as a duplicate of a newer question. For example, from the accepted answer to "Should I vote to close a duplicate question, even though it's much newer, and has more up to date answers?"
If the new question is a better question or has better answers, then vote to close the old one as a duplicate of the new one.
A comment on that answer suggests that unfairly penalizes the earlier asker.
The problem with marking the older question as a duplicate of the newer question is that you're penalizing the person who asked the question first, since duplicate questions factor into the question-ban formula
- Do earlier questions marked as duplicates factor into the question-ban formula, or have any other penalty, for the original asker?
- If so, could that be changed to not happen?
[Apologies if this question is itself a duplicate. I did search beforehand.]