Let's say I want to ask a question, and I see a similar question and some answers to it but I don't feel that any of the answer tells me what I want to know. Would linking the similar question, in my question, and talking some about it, help with reducing the chances of my question being marked as a duplicate? I know simply linking and saying that the similar question is different from my question probably wouldn't work but I'm wondering if it would make a question less likely to get closed if I went into some detail about how the answers to a linked question aren't what I'm looking for.
Not if you do it as a sort of protective mantra: "I have seen
[whatever] and this is not the same." Asserting that doesn't make it so.
Yes, if you explain that you are asking the reverse of that, or that you are asking for Windows and that is for Linux. Maybe, if you explain that you are asking in 2021 and that is from 2013 and none of the answers work now. (Some people will feel all we need is another answer on the old question in that case.)
Related, but not a dupe: Someone flagged my question as already answered, but it's not
I try to include similar/related questions to save time for the readers, who I assume are busy people with more than just my measly question to answer. It also serves to give credit where credit is needed, and to demonstrate my
superior Google skills honest attempts to answer my own question before bothering the Interwebs with it. I try to be very short and to the point explaining why exactly my question ain't no dupe.
This is usually met with positive reception in the sense that the question is not closed as a dupe. But this, of course, does not help in preventing the question from (at least attempts to) being closed for reasons other than being a dupe. Some examples (shameless plugs, all of them):