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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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Change wording of “Exact Duplicate”? [duplicate]

I like the UI and the cleanliness of the Stack Exchange sites, but one thing that bugs me is the wording of the notification that something is a duplicate. I have had many questions closed because ...
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Why do we actively refer users to already existing answers of questions? [duplicate]

EDIT: I mean in the context of Stack Overflow, but other sites in the Stack Exchange may apply. I just don't understand cases when, for e.g., somebody asks a very specific question, and a user, ...
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Should users be closing questions as duplicates of closed NARQs? [duplicate]

I came across a question that was "not a real question" by definition. I want to know if there is a policy on Stack Overflow that states we should be closing questions as duplicates of a question that ...
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Is this a valid definition of “exact duplicate”? [duplicate]

A moderator on one of the Stack Exchange sites provided the following answer regarding how one should determine whether or not a question is an "exact duplicate" or not: Forget the "exact" ...
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Close votes for duplicate questions with accepted answers [duplicate]

I'm lately starting to review close votes and many times I see questions that have been voted to close as duplicate, but they have been upvoted and they have a good accepted answer... If I see such ...
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Does flagging a question as duplicate require that the original must have an answer? [duplicate]

Today was my first attempt at flagging a question as a duplicate. When I stepped through the flagging wizard, I noticed the comment below the "duplicate" choice that says "This question has been asked ...
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My question was marked as a duplicate of a question that involved a more obscure use case [duplicate]

The voting seems to suggest that my question helped promote the other question. I don't know if chronological precedence is a criterion. I wonder if it is fair that the votes my question might have ...
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Classifying question as duplicate [duplicate]

What is StackOverflow's definition of duplicate question? I noticed that there are many questions marked as duplicate just because its have the same answer. But the question with same answer doesn't ...
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I couldn't vote to close a duplicate question with no upvoted answer [duplicate]

These two questions are nearly identical: Java logic in my code nonstatic variable pRef cannot be referenced from a static context They were asked by different users, but the code is basically the ...
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Closing changes: [on hold], unclear, too broad, opinion-based, off-topic reasons, bye-bye to Too Localized

After a ton of discussion, work and input from the community, we're rolling out the remainder of major closing changes that you've helped us design, as discussed in these prior posts. They're live, ...
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Help us make “Not Constructive” and “Not a Real Question” closures more effective [closed]

In the recent off-topic discussion, Pekka 웃 suggested that other close reasons could be further broken out as well . We've got some more specific ideas along those lines, and we want your input and ...
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Every “close” has its thorn: replace “close” with “on hold” for the first five days

That's right, I'm starting this out with a pun. Featuring a Poison song. I'm good with it. TL;DR We're looking at replacing [closed] with [on hold]. This sort of thing was proposed in a popular post ...
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We should be able to close questions as duplicates of any question

Today, the behavior of duplicate close votes was changed so that a question can only be a duplicate close vote target if it has an upvoted or accepted answer. I think that this change is not a good ...
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Help us make “Off-Topic” close reasons clearer to the OP

Goals for "Off-Topic" We'll be asking for your help on a number of closing issues, but this post is focused on how we can improve "Off-Topic" closures. Don't worry, we plan to keep ...
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Negative comments drive new users away, how can we fix this?

We've talked about how we should act towards new users a lot in the past. I'd like to discuss some of these questions again. But more important than that, I hope this question will help us learn more ...
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Changes to “close as duplicate”

As you may have noticed, Jarrod's been hacking away at some design changes to the "close as duplicate" UI. These are the first fruits of some discussions we've been having internally ...
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Grant the OP a binding close as duplicate vote [duplicate]

Since the changes to the close as duplicate mechanism it is a lot more visible to the OP that there is/might be a duplicate to their question. Empirically, I've noticed a lot more people agreeing, in ...
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Should users be allowed to remove the “Possible Duplicate” links on closed questions?

I've noticed the following happen a few times: A user posts a question. The question is closed as a duplicate and the usual "Possible Duplicate" links are added at the top. The user promptly removes ...
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Please put answers underneath questions in Close review queue

Many times when going through the Close queue I see that people are using the too localized reason. Sometimes the reason for this is in the comments (like the syntax error being pointed out), but a ...
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Should I worry about flagging too much?

I’m still a long way from being able to cast close votes on SO (my rep is around 40% of the required amount). When I see something that looks wrong I generally flag it (usually as not a real question,...
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Can I use this site as a brainstorming/voting site? [duplicate]

I lead a team of 600 people in over 70 countries. I often would like their input on one of my ideas and I don't want to use a survey because they tend to limit creativity by requiring a choice among ...
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Closing an earlier post as a duplicate of a later one [duplicate]

Suppose there are two questions that are very obviously duplicates of one another. The one that came first has maybe a few votes and no answers. The second has double the votes of the first and ...
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Does the new guidance on duplicate questions suggest closing a question as duplicate, if the original answers the OP's question?

In other words, should we now look at the content of the answers when we are evaluating questions for possible duplication? Is it sufficient to say "Your answer can be found in this question over ...
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Duplicates Mark II, Canonicals, more aggressive duplicate prevention

This question is another take on the duplicates problem. It steals is inspired by ideas from the various posts and feature-requests posted here on meta. Disclaimer: In this post, I am referring to ...
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If another question/answer *perfectly* answers a question (but the question is quite different), is it appropriate to answer with just a link?

In reference to Policy inheritance and inaccessible protected members, there is another question that has the perfect answer (accessing a protected member of a base class in another subclass). I am ...
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Why is Stack Exchange biased against casual and cosmopolitan users?

The combination of reputation score requirements for site interaction and the heavy splitting of the website into many similar but slightly different sub-sites with independent user accounts creates a ...
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One question, two users

The question "Matrices causing crash" was sort of hijacked. A user (not the OP) offered a bounty and it was allowed to edit the question to add his code, not once but twice. Am I right to think this ...
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Is there a way to know proximity of getting banned? [duplicate]

I recently came to know that deleting posts may lead to banning. I have deleted some of my old posts which I thought are no longer useful to anyone. I don't know exactly how many I have deleted on SO. ...
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Why does Stack Exchange choose to track reputation separately? [duplicate]

Why does Stack Exchange choose to track reputation in separate categories? Like you could have 100,000 rep in the Arqade one, but only have 100 over in Role-Playing? And that’s because they reward you ...

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