I'm not saying that "Possible duplicate of..." was the most friendly way to advise of a potential duplicate, but it was at least accurate.
The first time I saw "Does this answer your question?" on Meta.SE here, I just deleted my question in a huff. It took me at least a week to figure out it was the "new friendly" version of the duplicate flag. I'd call that a fail, as I've been here over 5 years, am a native English speaker and still didn't get it to start with, I literally had thought someone was being a smart-a** and pointing out my apparent inability to do something as simple as use a search engine.
Of course, now I'm aware of what it is, my initial reaction feels a little too 'snowflake' and I'm rather embarrassed I didn't figure it out sooner - but I'm bothered that a new user would have even less insight as to how this system works and may take umbrage sufficient to never return.
Could we discuss alternatives, amenable to both newcomers and existing users, that isn't quite so... cloying, or open to misinterpretation? There is no tone of voice in text.
Perhaps, also, that the message reads differently depending on your 'age' and rep? Something nice for newbies but 'accurate' for established users?
Ref: Recent feature changes to Stack Exchange - specifically this answer:
- 2019-12-07: The automatic comment when voting to close a question as a duplicate has been changed to say "Does this answer your question? [x]" instead of "Possible duplicate of [x]".
After three days of… let's call it "interaction"… I feel the feature would be best served by simply being reverted to the older wording.
The new attempts to be 'conversational' rather than 'machine-speak' yet fails because it looks like a specific comment by a specific user.