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
    Jul 17 '15 at 18:22
  • @cimmanon - analytics. Jul 17 '15 at 18:43
  • @cimmanon - sample scenarios are also welcome, but are treated as anecdotes. Jul 17 '15 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
    Jul 17 '15 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
    Jul 17 '15 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. Jul 17 '15 at 20:57

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