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Questions tagged [duplicate-answers]

This tag is referring to the process of identifying and dealing with answers that are exact duplicates of another answer.

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Rule for master duplicates to have a 80% positive score

Selecting confusing questions with negative score as "master duplicates" just adds more confusion and despair than help. Take this one as an example: const { makeBadgeData: getBadgeData } = require(&...
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Are these duplicates just because they have similar answers: “capital of France” vs “largest city in France”?

As a general practise across different Stack Exchange communities, is it true that that one of these two questions should always be closed as a duplicate, since both questions have similar answers? "...
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Should I downvote an answer (no added value) posted on an already well answered questions?

I have noticed that users answer questions that are very old (example, 10 years old) with an answer that is basically the same thing as the accepted answer. There are users from 2018 answering these ...
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Two questions with the same answer?

A long time ago, we experienced some strange effect in our IT system, and I asked a question on Stack Overflow. I couldn't get an answer helping me with that problem. Over a year later, we ...
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There were 2 different questions related to same problem, I provided same answer for both the questions, moderator deleted one

There were 2 different questions related to same problem, I provided same answer for both the questions, moderator deleted one. I was just trying to help if someone stumbled upon the similar error. I ...
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How do duplicate (and other closure) flags from low rep users work? [duplicate]

I have been trying to find out how vote-to-close flags from users with less than 3000 rep work, but I can't find the kind of information I want, not even from the help centre or FAQ. I have gathered ...
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my question is always put on hold as off-topic or duplicate or closed why? [duplicate]

I posted many questions but most of the questions are put on hold as off-topic or duplicate or closed i dont know reason may be my english how to explain my issues or otherwise some senior stackusers ...
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Low-quality duplicates of answers

It would be pretty ironic to answer a duplicate question about duplicate answers, but: There are some meta questions about duplicate answers, but they sort of assume that the answers are of similar ...
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I flag as duplicate, OP edits, how do I “retract”?

I recently flagged this post as a duplicate. It definitely was a spot on duplicate. In response the OP edited the question to change it's meaning almost entirely. What is my correct cause of action ...
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New pointless answers

I recently answered a question on Stack Overflow only to see 5 minutes later that 4 people had just posted the exact same solution a few minutes later (without any in depth explanation). What should I ...
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What if a new question, that is a duplicate of an older one, gets an answer but not older one? [duplicate]

This may look similar to this. But it isn't as in that question; the problem was that both were similar questions and one (the new one) was better than the other (older one). So which one should ...
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How to handle duplicate question, where it's on different Stack Exchange sites? [duplicate]

I came across this question on Super User and noticed there's a very similar question (with what I believe is also the correct answer) on Stack Overflow. Is there a way to mark or link ...
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Can we have a “duplicate answer” reminder?

I've noticed some new users (and unfortunately some less than new users) have a tendency to copy-paste answers across multiple questions. What would be really nice is if at X identical answers, the ...
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What do we do about duplicate questions that are not closed?

I have previously added similar answers to duplicate questions. I did this because duplicate questions seem to occur frequently and do not get closed even when I flag them as duplicates. What are we ...
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Encourage deleting one's own answer in favor of another one in order to reduce the amount of duplicate answers

Update: problem description I was trying to reduce the problem of clattering the list of answers with similar or same answers to the same question. The problem was discussed many times earlier: How ...
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Require at least one true moderator to close a question deemed duplicate by a privileged user [closed]

Though this suggestion might be way over the top with questions that are ''blatantly off-topic'', there may be easily some bias involved with duplicate ones, shown as follows. Just look at mine: How ...
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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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Sabotaging or hijacking someone else's unpopular question by editing

Imagine I have an idea for a question. I find that someone else had a similar idea long ago but it was of low quality and attracted few answers. I can't submit my infinitely superior (!!!) version ...
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How can a question be marked duplicate by two users? [duplicate]

I marked an answer as duplicate. How is it possible that another user also marked that answer as duplicate? Shouldn't the question be closed on first marking of duplicate? Let me explain I marked an ...
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Unanswered question count

To mark an question duplicate in Stack Overflow we are using the below flag: a duplicate... This question has been asked before and already has an answer. Is there a flag to mark a ...
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When closing as a duplicate, show New User's other posts in the list

Sometimes, a new user will post a duplicate of an old question. When the duplicate close list is displayed, please could all the recent (3 week old) posts of a new user (less than 50 / 100 / another ...
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When I flag as dupe, can the system put the link to the answer and not the question?

A while ago I asked a question on the SFF Meta When I flag as dupe, can the system put the link to the answer and not the question?, but I have recently realised that it would be a better fit here. I ...
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Script for Detecting Multiple Duplicates

I was talking about this on a chat and decided to suggest it here. I understand that this script might take a long time to run, and it doesn't necessarily have to run for every single case. But it ...
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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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How should duplicate answers be handled? [duplicate]

What should I do when I see an unanswered question (or not well answered) which solution is the same of the answer to a different question? Should I refer to the answer of the different question with ...
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Vote to delete answers as duplicates of earlier answers

Scenario: An answer is posted that is substantially the same as an earlier posted one, and its existence adds no (more) value. Suggestion A specific new "duplicate" action, not a flag, like the "...
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Is it alright to close questions which are not exact duplicates of another question, but essentially the same?

So I recently closed a question as a duplicate: Can't access constructor after assigning prototype. Because I have a gold JavaScript badge I was able to arbitrarily mark the aforementioned ...
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Show duplicate posts to 10K users in /review

Now that the 10K flag queue is gone, we should put hard working 10K users with lots of experience to work on more problems and be smarter about how. An obvious candidate for starting this would be ...
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What to do for answers that come after an accepted answer and still have the same solution?

On a few of my questions, I see newer answers come after an accepted answer and yet add nothing useful. I wonder why do they even post such answers. Maybe they want to get more reputation? So what can ...
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Answer deleted by a moderator, can't tell why

Bind a function to String.prototype so it's always bound to the string Can anyone shed some light on why this was deleted? The solution works perfectly (and even if it didn't, is that valid ...
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Should we have a way to mark answers as duplicates? [duplicate]

Many times I have seen answers that are exact copies of other answers to the same question, with minor changes like different variable names. This does not add any value to anything; just extra load ...
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If a closure as duplicate would lead to a circle, why am I required to review it (it should stay open)?

Reviewing the Close queue as commanded, and I got How to get the next auto-increment id in MySQL. When closing as duplicate (as commanded), I got told that: This diagnosis is correct; the other ...
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What to do when user answers multiple questions with same (low quality) answer? [duplicate]

When reviewing a couple of late answers I came across 2 answers from the same user that were exactly the same. When checking the users page I saw that he had 4 answers, all of the answers are the same:...
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Is there any point in flagging duplicates asking the mod to merge the answers?

I have two such flags still in the active state, one dating from the 4th Jan. If the mod are deciding to take no action as they don’t consider this to be worth their time, then I will save their ...
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Apply Similar Questions Algorithm to Potential Duplicate Answers

When questions get popular, they often get a whole bunch of duplicate answers. See this English.se question: https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/149318/what-is-newspaper-paper-called Answer ...
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How should we handle duplicate questions (with answers) that affect search results?

A consider the following scale of scenarios: Duplicate question, no answers Duplicate question, repeated answers but little effort Duplicate question, same answers but with a lot of effort shown ...
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See how many duplicates of a post?

Can I see how many duplicates there are of a post? I.e. how many posts have been labelled as duplicate because of this post? If so, how? And can I also get a list of these duplicated posts?
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Falsely duplicate question on stackoverflow [duplicate]

I asked this question in stackoverflow and it was marked as a duplicate, which made sense, I guess I should 've mentioned I had already looked at that answer and it didn't help. I edited the question ...
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Suggestion for handling duplicate questions

When I find a question that has a notice telling me it was marked as a duplicate (and closed), it would really help if the notice included a link to that duplicate. I may have something to add, and I ...
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What is it about duplicate answers?

Normally, our criteria for deletion is that something is not an answer. Spam, gibberish, comments, additional questions. Yet there's the flag that shows up for duplicate answers, and some notion I ...
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Reviewing question close request

I've only recently earned the "vote to close" privilege. I am faced with the decision of whether to close a question as a duplicate. I see that the answer to the original question exactly applies to ...
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Duplicate my question by saying this question already answer [duplicate]

Recently I asked a question on this site and an expert marked my question duplicate, saying.. "This question has been asked before and already has an answer. If those answers do not fully address your ...
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How should I handle the automatic duplicate answer flags? [duplicate]

I find the "duplicate answers (auto)" flag the most difficult to handle on Stack Overflow. Here's how I try to handle the situation, but I'd appreciate some further pointers and corrections if this is ...
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Is it acceptable to post a duplicate or very similar answer to non-identical duplicate questions on different SE sites? [duplicate]

Typically, this would involve duplicate questions. I searched SO-Meta to see if this question was already answered, and I found a few, but they all related to answering questions duplicated on the ...
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What's the hold-up on dealing with the duplicate question problem?

So, given the lack of progress on Give an incentive for finding duplicate questions or Huge close votes review queue on Stack Overflow, I decided to stop marking questions as duplicate and start ...
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Questions closed as duplicates without second thoughts

ok, I found that funny: both questions are marked as duplicate of each other! Why are most marketing tags (Omniture, XE, etc) written with document.write()? Why use document.write? Generally ...
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Removing a first post in favor of more complete answers

Background I posted an answer here a few minutes before someone else and recieved a couple of upvotes, placing my answer on top of the list; however, he provides a more thorough answer than I do. ...
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What to do about duplicate answer?

What usually happens on Stack Overflow is two to three people post the same answer with a 15 - 20 second gap. The first answer usually gets up voted and the rest get down voted. But then its not ...
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Review your own post? [duplicate]

The sequence of events were the following: I answered a question. At the time of posting, I noticed a comment directing to a duplicate post source. Rather than keeping my answer under the (newly ...
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What to do with practically duplicate answers to the same question? [duplicate]

After seeing a question on Stack Overflow that had 7 answers, all of which practically said the same thing (not word for word, but the general answer as a whole, although some of the answers were more ...