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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How can I suggest to change “X is a duplicate of Y” to “Y is a duplicate of X”?

Example situation: How do I full-screen my CMD? is marked as a duplicate of Fullscreen Vista's Command Prompt, or Replacement. But: the first is more general (Windows): higher-voted more marked ...
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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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Closed as a duplicate, but the duplicate list is empty?

Obligatory: This is not a duplicate of this question, which is concerning the much older duplicate closure process. Have a gander at this closed question. Notice anything weird? The Community♦ user ...
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Is it rude to point out the questioner couldn't possibly have checked existing answers before asking their question?

Should we post comments pointing out how easily other existing questions and answers were found? How about making fun of the questioner? I often want to do both of these things, and in fact just ...
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Add some line breaks in the “duplicate list edited” message in the timeline and revision history

When a gold badge user or a moderator edits the duplicate list of a question, it now properly shows the new list's links in the timeline. This change is great, but I think we can do even better. ...
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The auto-comment “Does this answer your question?” generated when voting to close as a duplicate is sometimes confusing

I noticed an old question similar to another existing question and voted to close as duplicate. After this, the system added a comment: Does this answer your question? Dotnet Windows service ...
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How should duplicate questions be handled?

What should I do when I see a question that is a duplicate of another one? Should I answer it? Should I downvote it? Should I comment? Should I edit the question to indicate it's a duplicate? If I ...
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I found an answer to two duplicate questions, both of which have no answers yet. How do I handle the situation?

In my own search for an answer I found two questions that are ultimately about the same problem. Neither question had an answer, so I was not able to flag either as a duplicate (side note: this was ...
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Does upvoting a duplicate comment do anything?

When a question is initially flagged as a duplicate, there is a comment. If the duplicate flag gets enough votes, the question is closed as a duplicate, and the comment is deleted. Does upvoting the ...
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Timeline duplicate list edited, suggest improvement

Thank you for the introducing the timeline. It gives you a great overview about what happened in a post. I would suggest to list the full urls of the duplicate targets when the dupe list is edited or ...
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Duplicate post notice missing the duplicate

Just browsing and came across a question marked as duplicate, but the post notice doesn't have a link to the duplicate:
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How can a question with a positive scoring answer be said to “not have an upvoted or accepted answer”?

I tried to close a question as a duplicate today, and I got the following error message: This question does not have an upvoted or accepted answer In theory, there is nothing unusual here; this is ...
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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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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 the user experience when an anonymous user arrives at a ...
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Strategy for old technical questions having obsolete answers [duplicate]

I have seen a lot of old questions with great old answers which are up for new answers as technology has evolved. One such example would be of answers on Android development. A lot has changed since ...
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Do not delete good duplicates!

This question (currently deleted (visible only to 10kers)) is a great example of a duplicate question that should not be deleted. [Note: this question was later merged into this one, which resulted in ...
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Comment not posted when voting to close as duplicate

I just added a duplicate close vote + duplicate question to this question on Stack Overflow: How to debug FinderSync extension in Xcode The vote was recorded: close (1) But the question did NOT ...
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Can my duplicate close vote be binding when I cast it on my own question [duplicate]

Today I closed a question I asked on MSO, because it was a duplicate. I voted to close, and was then served with this nice pop-up: That asks if it answers my question. Ofcourse it does, it was me ...
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Duplicate box doesn't show question [duplicate]

On a specific question the question which was a duplicate of the question is not visible:
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Why do some questions closed as duplicates lack a duplicate target? [duplicate]

The question https://meta.stackexchange.com/q/345815/336163 (asked less than ten minutes ago) was closed as a duplicate less than five minutes ago, but it lacks any semblance of a duplicate target. ...
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Target question not shown in duplicate notice on Android Chrome [duplicate]

My recently closed question isn't showing the duplicate target: Other duplicate questions seem to be fine (both mine and others).
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What is the recommended way to handle questions that are duplicates of questions in a different SE site? [duplicate]

If you have an SO question A that is a duplicate of question B on SO, it should be closed as such. However, what if question B lives not on SO but on, say, vi.SE? As far as I know there is no option ...
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Specific questions that can't be closed as duplicates because duplicates now have to have an answer?

Now that this is live, we're especially interested in examples of things you'd like to close as dupe but can't now. (Quoting David Fullerton♦) With that said, this is still experimental -- if it's ...
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Show unanswered questions in the duplicate dialog on meta sites and in other cases where choosing an unanswered target is allowed

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 them. This behavior is intended, at least as it says here: The ...
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Don't show “Does this answer your question” dialog again when another duplicate flag/vote (for the same original) is cast

When a user flags/votes to close your question as a duplicate, you'll see a dialog asking you to confirm whether it's a duplicate or not. When you submit 'No', the dialog disappears, which is great. ...
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Is it OK to translate and repost Stack Overflow questions/answers in different language?

There are several localized versions of Stack Overflow: Portuguese, Spanish, Russian, and Japanese. I guess there will be more languages supported in the future. This brings up a big question for me....
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How can I highlight possible duplicates of a question if it has not been closed (yet)?

I came across the following question: Graphical/Browser-Based PHP Unit Testing Suite? The question is definitely a duplicate, as stated in its comment, but I overlooked that link when first seeing ...
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How can I see which duplicate has been proposed, if I've already clicked “No” on the notice and the duplicate proposer has deleted their comment?

I recently ran into an issue, where a user voted to close my question as a duplicate and I didn't believe that it was a duplicate. I clicked "No" on the notice shown to me and submitted it, and was ...
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Is there a way to advocate for the removal of a “duplicate question” declaration? [duplicate]

I made my way to this question: apache2.service is masked and there is a box purporting that it is a duplicate if this question: systemctl, how to unmask Question A is arguably a special case of ...
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Text on 'Save' button when editing duplicate list is wrongly aligned

When editing the duplicate list (a tool for ♦ moderator and gold tag badge holders), the text on the 'Save' button is wrongly aligned: Tested in the latest Safari and Firefox on macOS Catalina.
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Does question being closed prevent bounty being started on exemplary answer to it? [duplicate]

I wanted to award a bounty to this answer to Selecting the answer - I'm sure this must have been asked The answer was posted three days ago and the question was closed two days ago, and yet the ...
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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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Users with a gold tag badge should be able to add questions with no accepted or upvoted answers to the duplicate list for an already closed question

When anyone other than a moderator attempts to close a question as a duplicate, they can only select questions that have at least one answer that is upvoted or accepted. Even users with a gold badge ...
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How do I stop having the same “community members have suggested a similar question” pop-up? [duplicate]

I have posted a question here: Is it possible to run a script on power button press with systemd? and every time I come back to this page I have a Some community members have suggested a similar ...
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“(0 answers)” shows up as “( answers)” in new duplicate post notice

This question of mine was voted to be closed as a duplicate, and I received a banner at the top asking Does this answer your question? Auto-delete orphaned tag synonyms ( answers) I presume ...
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Wording of notice when dismissing a suggested duplicate

Today someone suggested my question was a duplicate. I contested and selected the NO option in the displayed box. Below is the text I got as response: Thanks! Edit your question to explain how it's ...
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Why are “approving a pending duplicate vote” and “casting a close-as-duplicate vote” different actions when done by the asker?

When a question is flagged/close-voted as duplicate by other users, the question asker has the possibility to unilaterally approve this vote and have the question closed. If this happens, the last ...
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Unable to dismiss the suggested duplicate [duplicate]

Today someone suggested that my post was a duplicate of another post. I disagreed and dismissed the message by selecting the [No] button below, and clicking the [Submit] button. This however doesn't ...
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Are there special guidelines for moderating exceptionally old questions?

This question pertains to a very old and fairly insignificant question of my own from nearly a decade ago. Is Stack Overflow an appropriate place for DotNetNuke questions? The question was recently ...
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Description of the “Flag as duplicate” doesn't match official staff reply

I know I'm not the only person noticing inconsistencies in the description since it started Should we change the description of "Duplicate of"? Duplicate explanation should encourage ...
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If my post is clearly not a duplicate but users keep closing it as duplicate what am I supposed to do? [duplicate]

Respect User's prefers-color-scheme Setting on StackExchange Network to allow dark mode I've already edited it before posting to make sure it is not a duplicate and users are mistaking it as a ...
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Is there a limit to how many questions can be added to the duplicate list?

A question can be a duplicate of more than one question. Moderators and users with gold tag badges can add questions to the list of questions that a given question is a duplicate of. I was recently ...
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What is the minimum reputation amount required to view questions without replies tagged as “duplicate”"?

When not logged in, attempting to visit a question that is marked as duplicate of another and doesn't have any replies, redirects to the original question (i.e. the question displayed in the "possible ...
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Can (and should) duplicate questions be automatically deleted? [duplicate]

Yesterday a question of mine on EL&U, Is “shipping” today's equivalent of “matchmaking”? [duplicate], which had been closed as a duplicate, was deleted automatically by the system. deleted by ...
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How should we deal with duplicate answers?

Duplicate questions are "solved" — it's clear what to do with them, there're tools to deal with them... but what happens when two users post the same answer? This happens a fair bit, ...
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When can I / should I ask the same question, if there is no reaction to original one?

I just ran through the issue Don't suggest tags that a question has already been tagged with. The original question was asked 6+ years ago with no answer / reaction so far (it is a feature request,...
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Visitor automagically transported to Original Question: Status by design or fluke? [duplicate]

If someone visits a question without an answer, that is closed as a duplicate, the person will automatically be sent to the original question. Consequently, it will be impossible to view the contents ...
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New duplicate automatic comment makes literally zero sense when voting to close as a duplicate of an unanswered question

A few days ago, the automatic comment when voting to close a question as a duplicate was changed from: Possible duplicate of [x] to: Does this answer your question? [x] While some people may ...
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Place a bounty to reward an answer on a duplicate (closed) question

Proposal: Allow bounties on questions that are marked as duplicate, which may have valuable answers. (or make duplicate questions not having the status 'on hold') Motivation: It regularly happens ...

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