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Is there a possible hidden benefit to having many duplicates on Stack Overflow? [duplicate]

Some questions on Stack Overflow get repeated many times, for example basic Java IO questions. Maybe I'm being the devil's advocate, but isn't there a possible hidden benefit to having dupes? I.e., ...
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If your question is closed as a duplicate, should you delete it? [duplicate]

Sometimes you don't search for the answer to a question before you ask it. It will be closed as duplicate. Should you, the question owner, delete it? While it is good for search engines finding the ...
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Is it better to delete questions that have been marked as duplicate, or should they be kept? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Do not delete duplicates! When one of my questions is marked as duplicate, should I deleted it, or keep it so other users have more chances to find the correct question?
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Why is my request to remove my own duplicate question denied? [duplicate]

I asked several questions here at meta. Some of them were duplicates and marked as such. I do not want to add to the cluttering, and they are downvoted (the community didn't like the questions), so I ...
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Preserve duplicate question titles (even after the duplicate questions are merged) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Do not delete duplicates! When a duplicate question on Stack Exchange is deleted or merged with another question, is the question's title deleted from Stack Overflow, or is ...
Anderson Green's user avatar
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Someone flagged my question as already answered, but it's not

I asked a question regarding a very specific feature of a program and whether or not it works with a larger program. Within hours someone had marked it with "This question may already have an answer ...
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Should delete votes be limited like close votes?

First off, let me say that I am not against deleting questions. I have done a fair bit of it in the past. However, I think that when the same three or four people account for 80% of the deleted ...
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Question deletions are getting out of hand

Update: Delete votes are now limited, see Should delete votes be limited like close votes?. Should this question have been deleted? Why do people think functional programming will catch on? (now ...
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What should we do with old, very popular closed questions?

Motivated by the deletion of Email Validation - Regular Expression On one hand, I disagree with these ...
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7 answers

Duplicate question etiquette: to delete or not to delete? [duplicate]

Let's say I'm a good Stack Overflow citizen: I have a question, I search on SO and on google to see if someone's asked the same thing, and I can't find anything that shows up, so I go ahead and post a ...
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Why are we deleting instead of merging?

Those answers were so useful to me. If I knew it would be deleted, I would have saved the answers. I googled my question and found a link to it, but it gives a 404.
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Should you gain rep for asking a duplicate question?

This is a two in one question: Should the asker of a duplicate question gain reputation for asking the duplicate question? Should the answerers of duplicate questions gain reputation for answering ...
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Great question got deleted [closed]

This is a cross-post from meta.programmers. I think the discussion also belongs here and to be honest, I’m really angry at the moment and I want this to get some attention. Executive summary: ...
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How long should I wait before deleting a closed question?

Consider a run-of-the-mill closed question. Not an egregious case like spam or nonsense or a repost, and not a duplicate that should remain on the site. The question should eventually be deleted, ...
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Closing/Migrating question instructions/guidance [closed]

What does it mean to "close" a question? How/when can I vote to close questions? When should I vote to close questions? When should I not vote to close questions?

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