When a question was closed as a duplicate earlier today, I noticed that the close reason suggested that the user ask a new question:
This seems to be a change from an earlier message, which also suggested an edit to the currently-closed question:
It's the first time I've noticed this – I'm not sure if this is a recent change, or one that's been in place for some time and I'm just noticing it now.
Anyhow, I prefer the earlier message. Sometimes a so-called duplicate only needs a little clarification for people to understand the nuances that make it truly an original question. I'm not sure why we'd want to insist the OP start over with a new question.
Moreover, the end state seems to be better with an edit. If an OP follows directions and asks a new question, there are now three questions on the site:
- The OP's original question (still closed as a duplicate)
- The OP's new question
- The question that was deemed a duplicate
whereas with an edit, we'd only have:
- The OP's modified question
- The question that had been deemed a duplicate
(I realize that this could be rectified by deleting the original and now-closed question, but I still think the demand for a brand-new question puts an unnecessary burden on the OP when a mere clarification might easily solve the problem.)
I'd like to see the verbiage changed back, not necessarily to the original wording, but to something that at least suggests an edit might be a viable alternative.