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Why are two very different questions not allowed to have the same answer? [duplicate]

For reference, these are the two questions at issue: Detect if an element has been resized via javascript? and -moz-resize event The askers have completely different questions arising out of two ...
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Cross-posting the same answer to multiple questions about the same topic [duplicate]

I found at least 5 different questions about my problem here in StackOverflow; unfortunately none of the answers helped me fix the issue, and then I stumbled upon the solution quite by chance. Now my ...
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What to do when it is appropriate to give the same answer to more than one post? [duplicate]

Here is the problem: I searched for a certain answer and found 3 relevant posts in different but related questions. So I answered one of them and duplicated it to others. One of the reviewers ...
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Is it considered bad manners to copy and paste a response to multiple questions that are similar? [duplicate]

I've noticed a number of questions on a particular topic that are very similar. Is it considered bad manners to copy and paste a common response to the similar questions? If it is considered bad ...
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Is it good form to repeat the same answer over several similar or identical questions? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it acceptable to add a duplicate answer to several questions? I have just written the following almost identical answers: https://stackoverflow.com/a/9480689/575530 https:/...
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Crossposting answers on duplicate questions [duplicate]

What is the consensus or policy on crossposting answers on a single Stack Exchange site or across different Stack Exchange sites? (I searched and found a lot of questions and answers about ...
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One answer to multiple questions? [duplicate]

Some time ago I created these two questions: "How to build nested responses in an Apigility driven application with a ZfcBase-DbMapper based model?" and "How to access and manipulate data in Apigility ...
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What is the XY problem?

What is the XY problem? When asking questions, how do I recognize when I'm falling into it? How do I avoid it? Return to FAQ index Other languages: ES, JA, PT, RU
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How does duplicate closing work? When is a question a duplicate, and how should duplicate questions be handled?

Questions can be closed as duplicates. When are two questions considered duplicates? Which question is the duplicate? It's a duplicate. What do I do? Should I edit the question? Should I answer it? ...
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Present and future of bots on Stack Exchange

There are discussions on Meta already for some time now about the potential usage of bots on Stack Exchange (SE). The earliest I could find goes back to 2009, but there have been others [link], [link]...
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3 answers
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Are there any non-trivial examples of exact-duplicate answers to non-duplicate questions?

From time to time, discussions arise about the merits of posting identical answers to (allegedly) related-but-not-duplicate questions. In almost all of these, someone brings up the same argument that ...
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When is a duplicate question not a duplicate?

I thought that this question C# newbie List question was a duplicate (sorry, as a noob meta user I can only post one link, please follow my comment on that question), but other folks don't seem to ...
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Should Stack Overflow be Inclusionist or Deletionist? [closed]

Inclusionism vs. Deletionism has been a philosophical debate at Wikipedia for some time, and has already started to be discussed on this site during Stack Overflow's very short life (see here, here, ...
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5 answers
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At what point does a question become a duplicate? [duplicate]

I just saw this question asked on SO: Does try/finally ignore exceptions? It's really similar to, or duplicate of: In C# will the Finally block be executed in a try, catch, finally if an unhandled ...
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