I suggest that when someone finds an exact duplicate of a question he/she should do the following:

In case that original question was solved (an answer was accepted by the author of the question), this new duplicate should have a field (e.g. "duplicate_of") and the server will redirect automatically to that original answered question.

If the original question was not answered, even though this question is duplicate, it is actually a real world unsolved problem that yet another person has come across.

When someone googles for something and the results says "foo bar baz [closed]", he or she then needs to read through the comments and answers in order to find how to get to the other question. That is a waste of time! Why not let the site take them directly to the answer (and probably indicate redirection on the landing page as well).

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    There is a direct link to the dupe in the header, after the question was closed. Nov 11, 2009 at 21:13
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    This is a two-part suggestion: I agree heartily with the "redirect" part, and disagree completely with the "unanswered == not duplicate" part. Some users never accept answers, but that doesn't mean the answers aren't good, comprehensive, and worth referencing instead of duplicating.
    – Shog9
    Nov 11, 2009 at 21:23


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