Some people when receiving "Possible duplicate" comment (if someone voted to close the question as a duplicate), take it personally and put angry comments, that historically their question was asked first, and shouldn't be closed.
Lack of clarity causes new questions to be raised such as Shouldn't the newer questions be marked as duplicate and not the earlier ones?

It will be good to add information/help icon (i) with the link to a clarification page to be like

Possible duplicate (i) of Generic TryParse

or just make Possible duplicate clickable

Possible duplicate of Generic TryParse

The clarification page can be meta question Should I vote to close a duplicate question, even though it's much newer, and has more up to date answers? or a new service center help page with a similar content.

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    I disagree adding this to the comment. However, this can be added to the banner only the OP can see Aug 3, 2016 at 12:45
  • @ShadowWizard: I prefer to have help link visible to everyone, who is curious what "possible duplicate" means. But explanation to author of closing question is better than nothing. You can write your idea as an answer. Aug 4, 2016 at 12:44
  • @ShadowWizard, Please see an example stackoverflow.com/questions/6676245/… ,that not only authors need explanation, why date is not essential, when determine a duplicate Aug 8, 2016 at 12:28
  • Well, since you also offer a way without any noise (linking existing text) this might not be a bad idea. Aug 8, 2016 at 12:35


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