What to do when I find a duplicate question - often already marked as duplicate, and I find that the question is indeed a duplicate, but much better answered in a different question, so that it may be much easier to answer?

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    If you have a gold badge you can add extra duplicates, otherwise you'd have to just suggest them as a comment. – Robert Longson Sep 9 '18 at 12:34
  • you can add in the comment section – Don'tDownVote Apr 19 at 14:27
  • You mean to have it listed as linked question? Good point, mentioning it somewhere in a comment is enough. – Volker Siegel Apr 19 at 15:20

If you have gold badge tag powers you can add the link to the duplicate banners, if you don't you might suggest a comment (as always you can ping users involved at the post using @<username>), or ask someone who does in certain chat rooms.

An example is the SOCVR chat I'd be automatically notified of duplicate proposals for questions tagged by a bot.


As an alternative to leaving a comment or posting a message in chat asking a gold-badge user to add or change the duplicate target, you can flag for a moderator to change the duplicate target. Moderators also have the ability to modify duplicate targets.

Additionally, if you're the author, and there are pending votes to close as duplicate but you find your answer in a different target, if you have 250 rep you can cast a dupe close vote yourself for that target and then click the "That solved my problem" button. This will cause both targets to be shown. If you feel that the other target is completely irrelevant, you can flag your own post for moderator attention requesting that it be removed.

  • It may be possible without needing 250 rep, by casting a recommend closure flag, but I'm not sure if this will cause the additional target to show upon closure if one was already proposed. – Sonic the Anonymous WizHog Oct 9 '18 at 22:18

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