When a question has been closed as a duplicate, can we alert the author and ask 'Is this really what you're asking for?'

Then, if the author clicks Yes, auto delete the duplicate post?

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    The first part of your original question is already in place, if you have 3,000 reputation: Cast close and reopen votes. I removed that. Please see if I correctly summarized your feature request?
    – Arjan
    Apr 13, 2011 at 11:25
  • @Arjan As far as I know, closed questions with no upvotes are deleted periodically. Am I wrong? Apr 13, 2011 at 11:33
  • @Shadow, at least downvoted unanswered questions are gone after a month, or after a year with a zero score. Not sure if something specific applies to closed questions. (If you think that my edit was wrong, then please say so. I didn't grasp that from your comment?)
    – Arjan
    Apr 13, 2011 at 11:39
  • @Arjan thanks, I'm now following that post. I'm not the OP sorry for the confusion. :) Apr 13, 2011 at 11:42

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-1 Automatic deletion is seldom a good idea. Also, duplicates are often differently stated, sometimes with a complete different wording then the original question. This opens up the possibility to find the answer to the same question on different ways and prevents that a duplicate gets asked over and over again, just because the wording is different.


No we can't. Most of the dups come from people who have very little rep and should not have a veto on the curation of the site.

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