When a question is closed as a duplicate, links to the "proposed duplicate" questions are added to it.

I'd like to see a sort of index, or table of these duplicates. For each proposed duplicate question on SO, I'd like to see the list of links to the questions of which it's a duplicate.

This might help in locating frequent duplicates; in choosing the oldest good duplicate question; and possibly in creating FAQ pages on the subjects most frequently duplicated.

  • I'm not sure I understand your request. Do you mean to show the list of proposed duplicate questions before the question is closed? (Because obviously the list of duplicate questions is added when the question becomes closed.) Or are you perhaps looking for a reverse index, where you can see the list of questions that have been marked as a duplicate of the current question? Commented Jan 20, 2010 at 21:49
  • @Greg: No, I mean after the question is closed as "exact duplicate". What I want is something like a reverse index. However, I didn't state where I want to see this list. I don't know the answer to that. It might be something in the 10k+ "Tools" menu. One might want both forward and reverse "indexes" - show questions closed as duplicate plus their proposed duplicates; show the proposed duplicates with their corresponding closed questions. Commented Jan 20, 2010 at 21:55
  • I like this idea. See also: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/21328/… and meta.stackexchange.com/questions/21600/…
    – Shog9
    Commented Jan 20, 2010 at 23:00
  • This also relates to earlier proposals to create tag-specific FAQ documents, which would presumably be found by the search features that most users don't use. Commented Jan 20, 2010 at 23:34
  • See meta.stackexchange.com/questions/1195/create-a-tag-homepage-faq/… for my answer on the per-tag FAQ proposal. Commented Jan 23, 2010 at 3:57

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This is deployed experimentally to meta. Notice there is a new Linked Posts column on the right, above the existing Related Posts.

Linked posts are built by scanning all post bodies and all comment bodies for strings matching


Once "linked", the links are visible on both sides.

  • Thanks, Jeff. I like it so far. Commented Apr 26, 2010 at 18:54
  • So is this still in the works? I rely heavily on the "Linked" and "Related" lists as well as enjoy browsing the "Hot Network Questions" and even occasionally clicking on them. But I would love a "Duplicates" list on questions closed as duplicates, showcasing a quick survey of the potentially infinite linked list. At least a direct link to the root duplicate. Commented Jun 15, 2016 at 2:47

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