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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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Answering duplicates

I've seen users of various Stack Exchange sites marking a question as duplicate and even closing it. But new users may be unaware that their question already exists and also has an answer. If it were ...
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Can duplicate questions be deleted? [duplicate]

Yesterday a question of mine, Is “shipping” today's equivalent of “matchmaking”? [duplicate] , which had been closed as a duplicate, was deleted automatically by the system. deleted by Community♦ ...
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Ask first, get an answer, then edit question to invalidate answer? [duplicate]

Wait, what? (This question has already been marked once since posting.) Is this something that happens regularly? Or is it just something that happens only every once in a while? I'm not looking ...
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Why did my question become a duplicate?

I posted this question: Why cannot we comment-reply more than one person in comments, and anyone in questions/answers? It is about why we have these limitations. I was not wondering at all about the ...
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Cannot vote to close a question as a duplicate because it would lead to a circle, except it wouldn't

I'm trying to vote to close this question as a duplicate of this one. The former question had just been asked 20 minutes ago, whereas the latter one was closed as a duplicate back in 2010 and hasn't ...
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What exactly “duplicate comments” will be upvoted if I cast a subsequent dupe vote?

This is not a duplicate of Autocomment when voting to close as duplicate as that simply indicates that the feature exists. This is a "how" question asking how this feature actually works, which that ...
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Autocomplete for @ reply to the person who marked a question as a duplicate [duplicate]

When commenting on a comment below a question, I can use the @, and the first letter of the person I want reply to, and get a little pop-up with their display name in it. If I use that, the person ...
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Duplicate question answers no longer work/apply, new user cannot assign bounty to duplicate [duplicate]

On WebApps the question How to reference a cell while keeping its color formatting? references an older question Cell reference with colour formatting (duplicate), and the OP remarks the answer seems ...
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No (convenient) way to change targets order for duplicate on touch screen devices

If you’re a mod or have a gold-tag-badge you can close questions as duplicates of others and modify the list of such targets by clicking “edit” link under the list of target questions. On platforms ...
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Find question closed as duplicates of multiple targets

Currently you can search for questions closed as duplicate by using a search option duplicate:1. What if to interpret this number as a number of origins? 0 and 1 are already working as expected, 2 ...
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Custom ordering of duplicate targets is not necessarily honored on mobile apps

The order of duplicates is different between apps and web. E.g.: iOS App Version: 1.6.6.2 Device: Unknown (iPad7,3) OS Version: Version 12.2 (Build 16E227) Android App Version: 1.0.95 ...
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Merge manual and automated “possible duplicate” comments

The question Merge 'possible duplicate' comments and votes has status “by design” that manually created “possible duplicate” comments are not merged with automatically generated comments. ...
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Why does adding a duplicate bump a question if marking it as a duplicate in the first place doesn't?

I recently added questions to the list of duplicates on a couple of closed questions. To my surprise I then found those questions at the top of the homepage. This was surprising to me because closing ...
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Should Meta questions be duplicated to draw more attention to issues? [duplicate]

An assertion that "several users told you that having more questions about the same topic is actually better" caught my eye as a point for meta discussion. My response was a few comments below but ...
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Getting Duplicate Questions from Stack Exchange API

I want to use api.stackexchange.com to get duplicate questions. Scenario: I get a question from api.stackexchange.com using GET .../questions/{my_question_id}. In the next step I would like to get a ...
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Duplicate Question Close Reason No Longer Suggests an Edit

When a question was closed as a duplicate earlier today, I noticed that the close reason suggested that the user ask a new question: This seems to be a change from an earlier message, which also ...
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What is an appropriate way to indicate a previously asked question needs to be readdressed? [duplicate]

I'm about to use a specific example to highlight a general question I recently posted an answer to What to do with cross-site duplicates? That question was originally asked, and a best-answer chosen,...
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Why can I bypass the duplicate-closure-prevention-system on some questions but not others?

Regular users cannot close questions as duplicates if the original question is unanswered (as per Stack Exchange definition of answered, i.e. answered and upvoted). If they try to do so they receive ...
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How do you re-ask someone else's question when the existing answers do not work for you? [duplicate]

I have a problem with GitHub Pages, whereby a very simple site (in here) gives a 404 Not Found error. I have tried all eighteen (!) solutions suggested in the different answers to How to fix page 404 ...
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Post closed as duplicate, but there is a better original

My question was recently closed as a duplicate. The linked question does not actually contain an answer to my question, though. However, I found another question that contains a (better) answer to my ...
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Duplicate list on mobile site lacks formatting

When closing a question as a duplicate on the mobile version of the site, the lack of formatting of the list of similar questions is rather painful: (apologies for the image size and the lack of ...
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Impove the “possible duplicate” automatic comment for new contributors

Further following the great move of the new contributor indicator, maybe the "possible duplicate" automatic message should be nicer. Personally, I edit this comment into something like: Hi and ...
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(Add an option to) include closed questions in SE Filtered Questions

Stack Exchange's Filtered Questions is a tool where users can see a list of 100 questions based on certain rules from multiple sites on the same page. However, closed questions are currently excluded ...
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Is it okay to ask intentionally dupe questions to help to find a real one? [duplicate]

Imagine a situation, that I've once read a question (and its answers) on a site. I would need the information again, so I try to find the question as I can (mainly, asking the search bar of the SE, ...
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Can we fix the inaccuracy in the Help Center's article on duplicates?

The Help Center article on duplicates contains the following statement: The original question must have an answer; you cannot mark a question as a duplicate of an unanswered one. While this is ...
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Why does one lose reputation for posting a duplicate? [duplicate]

I don't believe it is harmful to have the same questions written in different ways. Many times I search for a question but can't find it, only later to have someone share a question that is phrased ...
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The source of a duplicated question is already removed, what to do with the duplicated question? [duplicate]

Refer to this question here Vehicle Dynamics Problem: Cornering wheels must slide on the road, which has been closed because it is a duplicate of Does the angular momentum of the cornering/turning car ...
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No right border for input field when suggesting as duplicate [duplicate]

Right border of input field when suggesting closing a question as a duplicate isn't visible: Tested on Windows 7 for Firefox 64.0.2 and Chrome 71.0.3578.98
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Should bug-report/feature-request *questions* that duplicate Grab-bag *answers* be closed as duplicates?

Meta Stack Exchange is seeing a fair few of these "Grab bag" questions that announce a biggish change to the sites and then encourage bug-reports and feature-requests to be posted as answers to that ...
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How do posts get closed as duplicates vs exact duplicates? [duplicate]

I've come across some posts that said they were closed as exact duplicates, and some that were closed as duplicates. The first image is a duplicate question and the second one is an exact duplicate. ...
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How to find duplicates that could be deleted?

From the faq post How should duplicate questions be handled? Should duplicates be deleted? ... Duplicates that are word-for-word copies or that are so poorly written that they are not useful ...
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Why do users downvote duplicates, but not origins?

I seen it several times before, but still can’t clearly understand: why do user downvote posts which a closed as duplicates, and on the same time don’t downvote origin posts? Do they want to drop ...
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Flag as “a duplicate” vs “should be closed -> duplicate of”

I recently noticed that there are two very similar flags that can be used, "a duplicate" and "should be closed -> duplicate of". They look like they should accomplish the exact same task, and I don't ...
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Changing the duplicate message [duplicate]

Currently, the duplicate message looks something like this: It says that the if the answers do not address your question you should ask a new one. But you can edit it as well to put it in the ...
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URL field is out of bounds when I mark a question as a duplicate [duplicate]

Should it be like this? Google Chrome, Windows 10, no zoom.
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Is there a place to dispute duplicate markings? [duplicate]

My question was marked as a duplicate, and I have some issues to point out about it. I was wondering if there was a place to go to dispute the marking? This would be really useful, as I am now losing ...
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How can I delete a duplicate question? [duplicate]

Here there is a "insightful" question about basic programming with 105 upvotes, and it has got 14 answers. But okay, life is not fair , so asking about the unfairness also gets 75 upvotes. ...
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Should I paraphrase the cross-site duplicate when posting it as an answer?

This Stack Overflow question had an answer on Software Engineering. After reading this answer here, I went ahead and posted an answer, since I feel like that question is on topic on both sites. In ...
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Editing the duplicate list doesn't really work on mobile with the new responsive design

When trying to add a duplicate target to a closed question on my iPhone, I'd like to paste a URL in the box where you're supposed to 'search, or enter a question link or numeric id'. However, the ...
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What is the community's opinion on modifying older-style duplicate closures to the newer style?

This is not a duplicate of Editing duplicate banner edited into the text of the question. The main question there is only if something "special" will happen if someone edits out the automatic text. ...
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Should I feel bad if most of my famous question badges are from duplicates?

I asked some questions on Ask Ubuntu some which got me a few Famous Question badges. Then something happened there all got closed as duplicates. After seeing this I started to question did I deserve ...
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How to mark a question as a “maybe-duplicate”, when you don't want to use the dupe hammer? [duplicate]

I have a gold badge on some tag, which apparently lets me decide all by myself that a question is a duplicate of another. However - I don't always want to do that. In fact, I usually want to, at ...
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“Please help me, I need a proper answer” when closed as dupe

I don't want to comment here any more because I'm pretty damn angry with the asker who can't be bothered to read the duplicate, even though it is the perfect textbook duplicate, with has thousands of ...
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Questions marked as duplicate refer to the duplicate, but the other way around does not occur

Sometimes when a question is marked as a duplicate it has already 'developed' into an interesting Q&A link. An example is Could dark matter be wrong? on the Astronomy website which is marked as ...
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“That solved my problem” doesn't make sense if the target question is unanswered

Can we get an alternative to the "That solved my problem!" button that doesn't make the presumption that it solved my problem? I.e. "Yes, that's the problem I have." In some cases, SE (et. al.) ...
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What is the course of action if I find a better duplicate for a question already closed as duplicate?

What to do when I find a duplicate question - often already marked as duplicate, and I find that the question is indeed a duplicate, but much better answered in a different question, so that it may be ...
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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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Remove the underline on links to duplicate targets on duplicate closures

I noticed that today, the team changed the style of hyperlinks in posts to show an underline. This has been clarified to be by design. However, I think that this is too cluttered in links to ...
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Who gets listed on a close as duplicate message? [duplicate]

I just flagged a question as a duplicate. A few minutes later the question was closed as a duplicate with only a much higher rep user's name and Community (two users total) in the close message. Why ...
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Where does a supplementary question belong?

If I see a question about a certain topic and want to ask a supplementary question about it, where should I ask it? I'm afraid a new question will be marked as a duplicate, and heavily downvoted so ...