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. – Deer Hunter Jul 17 '15 at 18:43
  • @cimmanon - sample scenarios are also welcome, but are treated as anecdotes. – Deer Hunter 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. – user400654 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. – Deer Hunter Jul 17 '15 at 20:57

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