Curiosity: Does Stack Overflow in any way keep track of questions that are attempted to be asked, but are never submitted, likely because the 'Related Questions' helped them in some way? Of those that make it through there, does Stack Overflow keep any metrics on questions that end up being closed because of duplication?

If Stack Overflow reports on that information, what are the metrics on those?

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    You can propose to find out the latter here.
    – Jon Seigel
    May 12, 2011 at 2:31

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We do not currently track this.

It's a good idea, though.

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    Note that I often create a new question for the sole purpose of finding a question that is a (near) duplicate of some other question which could then be closed as a duplicate. I suspect that more people besides me do this, in which case there could be quite a bit of "false" data about aborted questions.
    – Bart Kiers
    May 12, 2011 at 12:04
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    @Bart: I don't think it's "false" as such, it's still relevant. But analyzing how many of those enter just the title or just a body might also be interesting. May 12, 2011 at 12:09
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    @Joachim, you're right, "false" wasn't the best choice of words. The point I was more trying to make is that not all (quite a few?) aborted Ask Questions clicks are from people that came to ask a question.
    – Bart Kiers
    May 12, 2011 at 12:14
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    @Bart: I do the same as you do, and also I sometimes put something in the body, just to look at the preview and test some formatting. May 13, 2011 at 8:43
  • Yeah, I've often thought this would be interesting.
    – Benjol
    May 23, 2011 at 11:44

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