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I recently posted a question on StackOverflow. However, it was flagged as duplicate. The reason mentioned in the comments was that another, different question, has the same answer. Is that right? Does the same answer make two different questions duplicate?

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Essentially, yes.

Your question can be answered by another answer already on stack overflow.

This means that someone can just copy-paste that other answer, and voila, you get an answer. While it might not be an exact duplicate, it won't benefit a future reader more than the other question would.

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    It will since the future reader will not know to look for the other question. – Sipo Dec 19 '17 at 18:01
  • @Sipo except for the massive "this has been answered here" banner. But I get your point. – ItamarG3 Dec 19 '17 at 18:02

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