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Automatically track referenced questions

Could a list of dupes linked to the current questions be added to the side like the related questions list?

It would be similar to the "what points here" in Wikipedia, and would allow for evaluation when deleting a question that has been marked as a dupe, but could conceivably have more uses.

It shouldn't stress too much the server if it is done denormalized and during the closing as duplicate.

  • Shameless plug: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/21600/… -- but I agree with you; especially in the case of dupes, this would be really helpful.
    – balpha StaffMod
    Apr 11, 2010 at 16:51
  • Yeah, stress the server too much! I'm with you! Apr 11, 2010 at 16:58
  • How should the evaluation work? All dupes get deleted or all dupes persist? Apr 11, 2010 at 17:02
  • @Lady, maybe do nothing, but give tools to the deleter to evaluate what to do.
    – perbert
    Apr 11, 2010 at 18:35
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    Closed? Oh, the irony! Apr 15, 2010 at 3:55
  • @Andre Grimm: indeed.
    – perbert
    Apr 15, 2010 at 13:43

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When a certain question gets a sudden burst of activity, it'd be nice to know if there's been a duplicate question asked lately.


I don't really get the point to it, mainly because almost all duplicate questions will get deleted by the 10k users within a month.

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    Dupes shouldn't be deleted if they are valid questions (i.e. not off topic, real questions). If 10k users delete them, then they are doing it wrong. Apr 11, 2010 at 18:42
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    @Ladybug: Dups should be deleted or merged unless they provide a more (or differently) searchable title than the original. Good answers to duplicates that are not merged and are not represented in the original should be copied to the earlier version. Otherwise you provide an incentive to ask duplicates rather than searching for an existing answer. Apr 11, 2010 at 19:54
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    @dmckee: I took that for granted. Apr 11, 2010 at 20:27

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