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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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Augment search with a duplicate-target keyword or similar

Often when I search for the duplicate when voting to close as duplicate, the duplicate target I search for has been used as duplicate before. So one way to search for dupe-targets (or maybe reverse-...
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What to do with cross-site duplicates?

What's the right course of action for cross-site duplicates? There are two flavors: A question is posted which belongs on another site and ends up already having been asked there. I can't find an ...
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Is there any point in marking questions older than 24 hours for closure?

Often when searching Stack Overflow I find duplicates of questions. Dutifully I mark these for closure. But today it crossed my mind, surely other people are finding these, but they aren't being ...
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Is “duplicate” a close reason or not? Make up your mind [duplicate]

When flagging a question you have several choices to choose from. The third choice is "should be closed", and the fourth choice is "duplicate": This implies that "duplicate" is a separate reason from ...
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This question has an open bounty and can't be closed - duplicate? [duplicate]

I put a bounty on this question, because there wasn't any obvious solution. However, recently I found a similar question. But I can't mark it as a duplicate since I put on the bounty. What should I do?...
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Marking a per-site meta question as a duplicate of a meta.SE thread that provides the authoritative answer [duplicate]

This morning, someone asked on meta.SO, (basically) is there a mechanism to bring attention to unanswered questions, or are they just buried forever? I think a pretty helpful, possibly duplicate ...
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Show number of exact duplicate votes for each URL

For the rare cases where a question is in the process of getting closed as a duplicate of more than one other question, can the close summary dialog show the current votes? It does so in parentheses ...
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How about an option to choose that your question is a duplicate even if it doesn’t have an answer? [duplicate]

A question closed as a duplicate normally displays a message stating that it already has an answer elsewhere. Apparently, though, on Meta sites where questions can be closed even if the existing ...
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Discrepancy in duplicate messages, including the inability to edit the duplicate list [duplicate]

I had always seen questions that are closed as duplicates with the following message at the top of the post: This question already has an answer here: [link to existing question] X answers ...
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Wording of “possible/exact duplicates” when closing the question

When marking question for "duplicate", the reason in dialog window is "exact duplicate", yet when the process is completed there's a comment added that says "possible duplicate". Maybe those two ...
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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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Where on earth is the “mark duplicate” UI?

I have heard tales of fabled user interface elements that can be used to mark questions as duplicates, or vote for questions to be duped by others. After scouring the question page, this UI is either ...
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Show unanswered questions in the duplicate dialog in cases where it's possible to select an unanswered question as a target

Most of the time, you don't want to see unanswered questions in the duplicate dialog, since you can't normally close as a duplicate of unanswered questions. This behavior is intended, at least as it ...
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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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“Close — exact duplicate” process is buggy and annoying

The whole UI for closing a question as an exact duplicate is buggy and annoying. It's hard for me to describe the pain and angst I feel every time I vote to close for exact duplicate. Every time I do ...
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Easier to close questions as a duplicate?

I find that closing a question as a duplicate is very cumbersome. For instance, if I already found a duplicate, I have the URL. I don't have the question ID or title directly. So instead of doing ...
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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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The ability to link cross-site duplicates

Jeff seems in favor of cross-site duplicates. Some questions might be asked on three different sites, each site needing three different answers. For example, a question about a text editor. So ...
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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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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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Improve “Close as exact duplicate”

The UI to close a question as an exact duplicate is quite hard to use. Due to the sheer number of duplicates, closing questions is a common activity. The UI should not impede this unnecessarily (...
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“Vote to close” button enabled prematurely

Possible Duplicate: No biggie, but when closing a question as exact duplicate, entering a question ID and then deleting it, the following situation may occur: http://page.mi.fu-berlin.de/krudolph/...
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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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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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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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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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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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SEDE query to find question with most duplicates pointing at it?

I just saw this question: What is the most rampant duplicate on Stack Exchange sites? Is there an SEDE query to find this? I seem to remember there being a page of "questions linked to this" for ...
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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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Vote to close or flag exact duplicates? Or both?

Which action(s) are appropriate for exact duplicates? Should I flag them, or vote close them, or both, or something else? I am trying to understand how to flag, which I never do. I read some other ...
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It looks like the duplicate banner changed. How does it work now?

I noticed this morning that posts that were closed with a gold badge dupe hammer have a new banner. A couple of examples of the new look are below. Is this a new change or just testing as I can't ...
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Award accepted answer reputation for finding duplicates verified by OP

Consider the following theoretical situation: New user asks a question: Why does my program process a sorted array faster than an unsorted array? I see this question, I can: Vote to close as ...
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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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Meta duplicates don't require an answer. Don't suggest there is one when that's not true

This request was sparked by this particular question. The vote to close as a duplicate on meta, in contrast to the main site, does not require for the duplicate to have an answer. Yet, the closure ...
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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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Don't automatically edit the post to insert “possible duplicate” links

When a question is closed as a duplicate, its body is edited to auto-insert the link to that duplicate. I think there are a couple problems with that: If the question is reopened, the auto-generated ...
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Someone flagged my question as already answered, but it's not

I asked this question regarding a very specific feature of Tiles (wildcarding) and whether or not it works with Spring Webflow. Within hours someone had marked it with "This question may already have ...
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Should votes on duplicate questions be transfered to the original after closing?

The dupe author should however be required to confirm it is really a dupe, since mistakes have been made before...
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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 ...