On English Stack Exchange, when I try asking a new question with the title:"Be available" V "Be available everywhere", the search box then proceeds to show me a list of possible similar questions, among which, I find the link: Available or is available

Clicking on it opens a new tab and redirects to a completely different and unrelated question: Headline Language

Why does that happen?

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    Yup. The question exists but is a duplicate. That said, we probably shouldn't be suggesting duplicates that are, themselves, duplicates of something else.
    – Catija
    Dec 16, 2021 at 19:38
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    I've posted a feature request asking for an alert to be implemented when a logged-out user is redirected from an unanswered duplicate to its target, to make situations like yours clearer. Dec 16, 2021 at 20:39

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The question you're redirected to is available for you here: Available or is available . Because it's closed as a duplicate, and you were not logged in while asking your question, you were redirected to the 'original', the 'target' of the duplicate closure. This is automatically done for anonymous (non-logged-in) users, because it doesn't cause them to manually click the duplicate link.

However, the duplicate suggestions by the search box aren't really reliable. You shouldn't trust them in this case, they're suggestions, so possible duplicates; use your common sense. If it's not a duplicate, and searching didn't help, it's usually safe to post your question.

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