Are there any analytics collected when a user clicks "Close as a duplicate"?


  • how many search queries did s/he fire before pasting the exact dupe id?
  • did s/he click on "Related" questions?
  • how many are there dupehammer-wielding users, how active (distribution by number of dupe-closed questions per user) and how successful are they (% of "close as duplicate" approved)?


This can be done because it's in the logs and is already allegedly exploited by the serial voting inquisition.


Discussion of this proposal - Award accepted answer reputation for finding duplicates verified by OP - would benefit greatly from quantitative information.

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    Are you interested in actual analytics or are answers detailing how users find duplicates acceptable?
    – cimmanon
    Commented Jul 17, 2015 at 18:22
  • @cimmanon - analytics. Commented Jul 17, 2015 at 18:43
  • @cimmanon - sample scenarios are also welcome, but are treated as anecdotes. Commented Jul 17, 2015 at 18:45
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    Maybe or maybe not related, I have a much easier time finding the duplicate i'm looking for using the global search than i do searching through the dupe dialog.
    – Kevin B
    Commented Jul 17, 2015 at 19:16
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    in my experience, main "technique" to find duplicates is reading prior questions. Quoting self, "search for duplicate starts when one says to self, 'it can't be that this hasn't been asked before'..." - that can't be feeling comes from vague recollection of what one have read before
    – gnat
    Commented Jul 17, 2015 at 20:49
  • @gnat - that's my own fuzzy feeling as well. Yet, this is just two data points. That's why more substantial information would be needed before the linked proposal is implemented. Commented Jul 17, 2015 at 20:57


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