Every once in a while I have a question I am certain must have been asked and answered before on some Stack Exchange site, but it takes me a considerable amount of trial and error until I find the right words for Google or the Stack Exchange search to provide me with the post I was looking for.
There is a value to having duplicates around. Jeff Atwood said:
There’s often benefit to having multiple subtle variants of a question around, as people tend to ask and search using completely different words, and the better our coverage, the better odds our fellow programmers can find the answer they’re looking for.
That made me wonder if it wouldn't make sense to ask a duplicate on purpose using my own words and marking it as a duplicate immediately. This would prevent future researches from spending their precious time. Also if the question were to be asked again, it would linger around longer unclosed, again wasting resources as people try to answer the question.
I am well aware of the irony if this turned out to be a duplicate..