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I think these questions are duplicates.

Are they duplicates?

If not, would linking the answer in the second link be a valid answer to the first question?

  • And what makes you ask here? It perfectly fits MSO – Shadow The Curly Braced Wizard Aug 12 '15 at 13:58
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    @Sha well. one is a MSE question, the other MSO. I get the confusion of OP. – Patrick Hofman Aug 12 '15 at 14:00
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Well, they seem to be duplicates indeed. Usually you would close the one as duplicate of the other.

The problem is, we don't have cross-site duplicates. For meta you often want that, because an answer on the uber-meta can be a valid answer on a site-meta's question. (there must be a proposal lying around somewhere here, let me see... something like this one)

In this case, just comment with the link, or write a full answer and tell how it applies at this moment, for example.

  • I don't have enough rep to do that. – HopefullyHelpful Aug 12 '15 at 14:04
  • No, you can't vote to close, but it wasn't possible in the first place since it is cross-site. Just leave it as a comment if you will. – Patrick Hofman Aug 12 '15 at 14:04
  • I mean I don't have enough rep to post the link as an answer or to comment the question on MSO – HopefullyHelpful Aug 12 '15 at 14:05
  • Okay, just leave it to others then. – Patrick Hofman Aug 12 '15 at 14:08
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I don't think they are duplicates. One question seems to want to find relevant data to what happens after users are banned, to possibly see if the banning system is working effectively or not or other reasons. And the other just seems to want to know a count or percentage of users that are currently banned from asking for curiosity's sake.

The meta.SO question's data request is not in the meta.SE answer. The answer does include helpful data but it didn't include a count or percentage of users that were currently banned from asking questions. It did include how many user hit the ban in the past 30 days, but didn't give any number to how many are currently banned from asking.

If not, would linking the answer in the second link be a valid answer to the first question?

No, a link is never a valid answer unless the hyperlink text is the answer. For example, if you linked like

455,384 users are currently banned from asking questions

then it's valid answer, but if you just did

https://meta.stackexchange.com/a/172773/244519

then it is Not an Answer, and will likely be deleted if not edited to actually provide an answer that tells us something. See here for more info.

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