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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Not Satisfied with Existing Question&Answer but want to avoid duplicate label. Advice? [duplicate]

This scenario has happened several times (ex. my last Stack Overflow question): I have a question. I search and find a similar (or even nigh identical) question which has been answered, often with ...
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Body of question includes “automatically inserted text” saying that it is a duplicate—what's going on?

Look at this question. It is closed as a duplicate. Editing the question body, one sees this markdown code at the top, added in 2012 by Community: > **Possible Duplicate:** > [Per-site meta ...
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Changes to “close as duplicate” (part deux)

I feel like we got off on the wrong foot. Due to me being an idiot miscommunication, a partial change snuck out early, and even though we announced it we didn't really explain why we made the change. ...
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How should I recommend a different duplicate target?

When I encountered this question I recommended closing it as a duplicate of this post, but I soon noticed that the question was not quite similar enough, and none of the answers really answer it. ...
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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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Should cross-site duplicate flagging be allowed? [duplicate]

For a long time, Stack Overflow (and all of Stack Exchange) has banned question duplicates, one of the major flags. This has removed clutter from the sites of the same or very similar questions. ...
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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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New UI encourages askers to confirm or dispute duplicate votes

As of the 9th of March, the banner shown to askers whose questions have attracted at least one duplicate close vote has a couple of new options: If the author clicks the first button, they're shown a ...
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How should answers that link to duplicate questions be handled?

Every now and again, I find someone has posted an answer to a new question that points to an older question that is an exact duplicate. In other words, the question is a duplicate, but the poster has ...
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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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If a different question contains the correct answer, should the question be marked as a duplicate? [duplicate]

The situation I am referring to is this recent question on the Worldbuilding Stack Exchange. The situation is as follows: Question A is created with a certain question. Question B is an older, ...
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What could be the reason for duplicating an existing question?

This question was asked today on Parenting. It immediately rang a bell when I read it so I went for search which returned a result very quickly: this question. As you can see, except for very minimal ...
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How to open duplicated question without being redirected?

I'm looking for some special parameter (like ?redirect=no, or something), which will prevent the redirection for the question from non-authenticated users. Currently the questions are opened ...
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Asking a question that *must* have been asked before but I can't find

I have a question I'd like to pose on the Stack Overflow site, but I'm sure it's been asked before - I've not seen it before, but it's so fundamentally useful to the specific thing I'm doing (that ...
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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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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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Link to duplicate answer in 'marked as duplicate' section

Using your typical duplicate answer as a reference: I think that the "has an answer" text of the duplicate section should either be linked to the duplicate answer. Or, if that's untenable, clicking ...
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Closing a question with multiple duplicates

Is it possible for a single user to cast a duplicate close vote on a question with more than one duplicate? Sometimes, more than one question seems like a good candidate for a duplicate close vote. ...
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Add an answer reference in a question

Sometimes I see a field in a question that contains a message like this: how can I add this message to a question from another user?
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Request: Don't delete duplicate questions with unique titles and please think twice before downvoting them

Judging by the score, it seems a sizable number of users appear to disagree with the request. The downvotes don't bother me, they don't, but I would like to be sure that everyone is on the same page ...
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How to handle repeated questions

I answered a question on Stack Overflow, but the question was repetitive (the same question was asked three times in total) and after my answer was accepted the question is closed because "This ...
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Allow unique titles of automatically deleted duplicate questions to remain as signposts for searchability even after the questions are gone

This is a synthesis of two feature requests, one quite recent and the other quite old: Request: Don't delete duplicate questions and please think twice before downvoting them Can we have the ability ...
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Gold tag-badge holders and moderators can now edit duplicate links

As of a few minutes ago, if you have a gold tag-badge for a tag associated with a question that's been closed as a duplicate, you can edit the duplicate links to replace, add, remove or re-arrange ...
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Allow same user to add multiple links as possible duplicates

When searching for duplicates of a question often multiple ones turn up, but when voting to close only one of them can be specified. It would be useful to be able to add more than one duplicate link ...
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Questions migrated from other sites, closed without rejecting the migration, and then locked incorrectly show the “migration rejected” notice

This question was migrated from a different site, then closed as a duplicate. Later on, it was locked for historical significance. The revision history shows it correctly, and the vote arrows and flag ...
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Could we be a little less eager with the duplicate votes to close?

It was pointed out to me it was unfair to single out folks with dupe-hammers for this. It was a poor choice of words, on my part. The core of the post is still something I feel needs addressing, so I ...
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Don't hide the link to the duplicate target so well

This is a screenshot of one of my old posts here on MSE that was closed as a duplicate. The height of the visible area is exactly what is visible in a maximized browser on my current screen. I'm ...
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Should meta requests be closed as duplicates of announcements if the same thing is requested in an answer to the announcement?

Whenever a new feature is announced by the SE team, it's typical for people to report bugs and request features by posting answers to the announcement. However, it often happens that some people who ...
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Flag usability - change 'it doesn't belong here' to 'it should be closed'

As a relatively new user, it has taken me multiple attempts and several mis-steps to locate the 'report a duplicate' function for the Stack Overflow site. Currently it is located under: flag -> it ...
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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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Can (and should) duplicate questions be automatically 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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Reward finding duplicate questions - +10, +2, -5

Give an incentive for finding duplicate questions deals with various ways of rewarding the finding of duplicates, a tough and increasingly necessary janitorial task. Here's a concrete suggestion: ...
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What is the harm of an “overlapping” question? (usually closed as a duplicate)

I often see questions marked as duplicates because they "overlap" another question. Usually, the correct answer is a part of an accepted answer on another question. Why wouldn't we want to allow the ...
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Why prevent duplicate questions?

I'm wondering why there is so much work to close duplicate questions. We can see that the Stackexchange concept allows users from all around the world to find answers very efficiently. Wouldn't it ...
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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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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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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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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 ...