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I have been noticing over the last month (on Stack Overflow), that simpler (perhaps somewhat duplicate) questions seem to get a lot of attention, as compared to the more challenging long-ish questions.

As a result, the answers tend to receive a greater number of upvotes (simply due to greater views) even though the answer might be a copy of an already existing Q/A. Moderators do take care to mark most of these questions as [duplicate], but many slip through. What could be a possible solution to this?

marked as duplicate by enderland, rene, Glorfindel, Nathan Tuggy, Patrick Hofman discussion Dec 20 '16 at 22:21

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Because people don't bother searching for duplicates.

Because people like helping others and would rather spit out an answer than try to be part of community moderation.

Because the system is setup to reward answering those questions and not hard questions.

Because you can vote to close and still answer.

Because answering first is often the best for reputation.

Lots of reasons.

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