Questions tagged [duplicate-questions]

This tag is referring to the process of identifying and closing questions that are duplicates of another question.

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Do not automatically redirect anonymous user from unanswered duplicate question to corresponding answered version

Duplicate questions that use different words to describe the same problem are important for people to find the content via search engines. But I doubt that search engines add redirecting pages to ...
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Is it acceptable to ask duplicate questions? [duplicate]

If you know that your question is a duplicate, is it a good idea to ask the question anyway and mark it as a duplicate right after the creation? I googled the question "does vector range ...
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API to programmatically close questions as duplicate with duplicate list

If you follow and/or curate a tag long enough, you'll probably notice that there's some questions that just get asked over and over. Usually these are confusing aspects of some commonly used feature ...
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Delete the "Close" feature (Especially for duplicates)

Today when I was asking a question on Stack Overflow, after I posted the question, I went to the restroom. After I came back, guess what? My post was closed, because it was a duplicate. At first, I ...
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Revisiting being able to close as duplicate against any question

The way that duplicates work currently is as follows: You can only close as duplicates if the target question has at least one answer that is positively scored or accepted. The previous doesn't apply ...
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Are there any tricks to "bypass" duplicated question checking when asking on Stack OverFlow? [duplicate]

I've just started learning IT and ask questions on SO a lot. But I'm so tired of my questions being closed all the time due to duplicated reasons. They pointed me to some other question that was said ...
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Unable to edit duplicate lists from the first questions review queue, after closing a duplicate question

As a gold tag badge holder, I have the ability to unilaterally close questions (with those tags) as duplicates and, by extension, I also have the ability to edit the duplicate links on those questions....
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A duplicated question with bad writing and bad tagging but better answers [duplicate]

The first question was asked, with all possible tags, but received no long answers. A few months later, the second question was asked without address the first one. The second was poorly worded with ...
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How did these duplicate questions occur? [duplicate]

A user managed to post two copies of the question at the same time. Hi, I'm getting this error MySQLdb._exceptions.ProgrammingError: not enough arguments for format string Hi, I'm getting this ...
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Reverse lookup duplicate questions? [duplicate]

Is there a way to search for questions which have been marked as a duplicate of another specific question? I've been aware of a particular technical problem for some time. I know for sure that other ...
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Add keyboard shortcut for editing the list of duplicates

Users with a gold badge in a tag are able to edit the list of duplicates for a question. There are no keyboard shortcuts defined for this. For example, a rather routine task is to close a question ...
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Posting Q & A, then closing the Q as duplicate?

I posted a question and answered it myself. I then self-closed this question as a dupe. Is this an accepted practice? I wanted the next person who steps on this rake to be able to quickly find the ...
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Wrong instructions in email about duplicate question

I just got another email because one of my questions was closed as a duplicate. The mail (screenshot) suggests me to Select the suggestions that answer your question. Your question will be associated ...
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What to do with these accidental duplicate posts of feature-requests and bug reports, where the original hadn't been recently or at all addressed?

Based on some of my recent feature-requests and bug reports being closed as duplicates, helpful discussions with the community and reading through Why can a feature request or bug report without an ...
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Message shown to OP when their question is closed as a duplicate [duplicate]

Group keys into same object was closed as a duplicate. A few minutes later the OP opened an identical question Put the objects together given key with same value I closed that as a duplicate of the ...
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What can I do if I want to ask a more specific version of an earlier question on a Stack Exchange site?

To provide context, on the Law Stack Exchange, I'd like to be more specific than the question here: Are cheater plugs illegal in the USA? I'd like to know specifically if it's illegal to use currently-...
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Duplicate question target doesn't have an upvoted or accepted answer, but the success notification still pops up when trying to associate

After Changes to "close as duplicate" it looks like you can't suggest a duplicate target, if that question doesn't have upvoted or accepted answer. Well I had question that looked like a ...
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Blue close vote count wraps to two lines [duplicate]

I've got this issue on ruSO, but it probably happens on all SE sites. When closing a question as a duplicate, the number of votes already given for the same question wraps to two lines. As far as I ...
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Mark as duplicate for an identical question that was answered outside Stack Overflow?

Sometimes the exact same question is asked verbatim in two different places, for example: On Stack Overflow and in MATLAB Central. The author has accepted the answer to the latter case, and I wanted ...
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Dissonance between allowing signposts and forbidding crossposts

I want to call out the dissonance between Stack Exchange favoring redundant content within one community and forbidding redundant content between multiple communities. How can we say that duplicate ...
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Ebooks or Graphic Design Stack Exchange for a question about using InDesign to create ebooks?

I have a question about exporting eBooks from InDesign: How to tell InDesign to skip color in css export for the ePub export I asked it on Graphic Design Stack Exchange. But I do not know if that was ...
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Is it reasonable for dupes to appear before the non-dupe in search results? [duplicate]

If you search Stack Overflow for [c++] static block, you get this (as of 2021-11-08): Q: What is static block in c or c++? [duplicate] Q: Static blocks in C++ [duplicate] Q: What's the C++ idiom ...
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Was this question auto-deleted (roomba'ed) while being a duplicate? [duplicate]

I thought duplicates with no answers aren't deleted, but if negative score they're deleted. This was confirmed by this example: But the FAQ led me here which says otherwise, namely it checks: not ...
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Does linking a similar question when asking a question make it less likely to get marked as a duplicate?

Let's say I want to ask a question, and I see a similar question and some answers to it but I don't feel that any of the answer tells me what I want to know. Would linking the similar question, in my ...
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Please allow close voting when viewing a suggested duplicate in the Close votes Review Queue

I would love to see an improved workflow for when I review a duplicate question. My current workflow looks like this: Read the question that is nominated for closure Read the suggested duplicate ...
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What can I do if I disagree on the reason a question was closed, and believe it should have instead been closed as a duplicate? [duplicate]

What can I do if a question was closed for reason A but I believe that it should have been closed for reason B? Is the only option to vote to reopen it and then vote to close it again with reason B? ...
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Accidentally asked a question from my company account, deleted it and trying to post it from my personal account but says it's a duplicate [duplicate]

I have been trying to post my question with my personal account rather than the company's Stack Overflow Teams account after deleting it, but it says this question is a duplicate of a deleted one. ...
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'Duplicate accepted' banner suggests there are multiple originals

When you 'accept' a duplicate target for your question, the question will be closed and a banner will be shown: Great! We'll associate your post with these questions so future visitors can easily ...
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Is there a userscript which keeps track of the questions that I use as dup-targets?

I'm just wondering if someone has a userscript that keeps track of the links that one uses when closing questions as duplicate. The main purpose is to avoid having to manually create (and maintain) ...
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Please tweak the behavior of the dupe "does this answer your question?" message so it does not suck

I have no problem with my question being closed as a dupe; hey, I got an answer! Yet, the way the "Does this answer your question" message works is not great at all. Let me explain. I post ...
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When choosing to leave closed for the duplicate reason in the reopen review queue, allow specifying another duplicate target

Sometimes, I encounter questions in the reopen queue which are closed as duplicates, but for which I disagree with the current duplicate target(s) and think a different one is better applicable/has a ...
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Why wasn't this No Longer Needed flag automatically marked as helpful when the comment was deleted?

There's something strange going on with a comment under this question: How do you find how many questions have been asked on a given site? Timeline (September 17th, 2021, UTC): 16:45:10: created by @...
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A user answering duplicate questions and dupe-hammering them afterwards [duplicate]

For a long time now a six-figure user has been consistently answering questions from a certain tag and dupe-hammering quite a few of them right afterwards. I didn't think much of it until recently: I ...
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Misclick with duplicate flag, now unable to delete automatic comment as I never had the rep to comment in the first place -- is this intended? [duplicate]

On this question, I accidentally marked it as a duplicate of the wrong link. I retracted the flag, no harm done. But my comment remains and I cannot delete it, and I figure this is because I don't ...
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The Help Center implies that it's OK to answer duplicate questions if there aren't many duplicates; is this correct?

The Help Center article on how to write a good answer contains the following section: Not all questions can or should be answered here. Save yourself some frustration and avoid trying to answer ...
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Allow to automatically add the duplicate-suggestion comment, even when out of close votes

This is almost a duplicate of Allow to flag a question for closure without casting a vote if I'm out of close votes in the sense that if that is implemented, then of course it would be best to ...
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Clicking on vote count in the Linked Questions list does not give a “noredirect” link

The problem According to this meta answer, linked questions in the sidebar should have noredirect=1 passed. This was done due to an annoying redirect (explained better in the question than I ever ...
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Add a toast notification when an anonymous user follows a link to an unanswered duplicate

For many years now, anonymous users who access a link to a question with no answers that's closed as a duplicate have been redirected to the duplicate target (so long as there's only one target). ...
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What happens with "Does this answer your question?" - Yes [duplicate]

Question When one/more users suggest another post answers your question (and there is a banner at the top of the page asking if question title answers your question? Yes/No), what physically happens ...
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Attribute automatic duplicate comments to the Community user

I just read the update to Workflow changes for review queues. There the following is stated: Reviewers are encouraged to leave comments for the post-author, but now they can also choose from a few ...
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Why does this particular reopen review task incorrectly show with the old wording of the duplicate close reason?

Prior to February 2013, the duplicate close reason notice used to have the following wording: This question covers exactly the same content as earlier questions on this topic; its answers may be ...
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MathJax sometimes doesn't work in older-style duplicate links

Take a look at Showing $f'(x) = f(x)$ implies an exponential function: The Mathjax fails in duplicate links on duplicate questions closed prior to February 2013 that include HTML escaped characters. ...
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How to get "duplicates list edited" history from the public data dump or SEDE?

I want to search questions whose duplicates list has been edited. Take this question as an example: The timeline shows that the type of "duplicates list edited" is history, but the list ...
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Math Processing Error

Today while voting to close this post as duplicate, the earlier posts were shown with [Math Processing Error] in red. I tried in both Windows PC(Chrome) and in Android phone in Full-site mode, both ...
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My question did not get an appropriate answer [duplicate]

Regarding I subscribed to Stack Overflow feeds to my email but haven't received any till today: I asked a question and I got some comments. I was not able to get an appropriate answer and I have ...
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Why not upvote the answer that is used to mark another question as duplicate?

A lot of questions get marked as a duplicate on a daily basis, which means the answers on some other question is being helpful for the OP, which means it deserves an upvote, right? So why not just ...
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What should I do when my question is already asked and has a bad answer that is definitive, or even bounty-rewarded? [duplicate]

I have seen many cases where my possible question would automatically stand as a duplicate of an older one that seems to have answers, but these are bad, old, or just "no" answers providing ...
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When closing a question as a duplicate of a duplicate, automatically link to the non-duplicate question

I've just stumbled across this question and was surprised to see it closed as a duplicate of an already closed question. First of all, declaring a question as a duplicate of a closed question seems ...
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Guidance after posting duplicate question

I recently posted a question to SuperUser. It was quickly flagged as a duplicate and I was sent a link to the 'same' question (which contained good info). Here is my question: Given that the link to ...
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Is a focussed subset of an existing question always a duplicate?

For demonstration (not real SE questions): "How do you pilot a hovercraft?" is a subset of "How do you drive a vehicle?" Supposing the answers to the second question contain no ...
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