I came across this question and saw a different duplicate text from what it usually is:

Possible duplicate: {link}

And I randomly picked another duplicate question from the front page, where the text says regularly:

This question already has an answer here: {link}

What's the reason for the difference?


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The Possible duplicate message is from older times. You can actually view the revisions and see it's an automatically inserted text which is now part of the question's body.

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The corresponding close reason type is 1 – Exact Duplicate in SEDE and the data dump.

This question already has an answer here is used for questions which were closed more recently, and it's a banner which is generated separately from the question. The close reason type here is 101 – Duplicate.


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