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 do I report a duplicate question when I cannot cast close votes?

Is there a way to report that a question is a duplicate of another one? Some users are able to cast a close vote, but what can users who see a duplicate question but cannot vote to close it do?
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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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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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Is it ok to ask something on SO which has been already asked unsuccessfully on SU?

The question is not directly related to programming, but I assume the question is useful for programmers, too. Also it is complex and better understood around programmers than super users. SU lacks a ...
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Search for SO questions by words in the title is failing (purpose: trying to find question before i ask a duplicate)

There's a question: Show all of my question/answers to me even if they are deleted/closed I happened to (inadvertently) ask a duplicate of it: How can I find my own deleted answers? My bug report is ...
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What's the appropriate etiquette when two people correctly answer a question at the same time?

I have run into this several times: I answer a question and someone else provides the same answer with roughly the same amount of quality within a few seconds. What's the appropriate thing to do at ...
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Closing a real question as duplicate of a Code Golf problem?

I found this question on SO. It is a serious question but it was closed as duplicate of a code-golf problem. That doesn't seem fair or useful, I thought the main reason to mark a question as a ...
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Closing as exact duplicate: Missing links to the duplicate questions

This question got closed as it was an exact duplicate of the question asked by the same user just a moment ago. And rightly it got closed. But the link to the original question (which used to appear ...
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Close duplicates only when the original was answered, and redirect future viewers to that original automatically

I suggest that when someone finds an exact duplicate of a question he/she should do the following: In case that original question was solved (an answer was accepted by the author of the question), ...
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list of duplicates: Subversion repository organization questions [closed]

There are a lot of questions on SO about Subversion repository organization. Perhaps some experts on the subject could go through these and identify some good candidates for the "canonical questions" ...
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Answer stealers

Am I wrong when I get annoyed when I post an answer, someone else sees it, and posts the SAME answer with some minor textual changes. Then after the answer has been there for say, 20 hours, if he ...
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Allow pasting a question's URL when closing a duplicate question

When I close a question because of duplicate, I usually paste the URL into the textbox. Sometimes it works, sometimes not (it's search, after all). So, this feature is to detect when I'm pasting a ...
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Questions that ask many duplicates

This question contains many questions but also all of those questions have been asked separately (or together) by other users. So it's essentially a multi-dupe question. What to do when only one ...
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Reduce number of questions about generics covariance in C#/.NET

It seems that every week, or almost every day, a new question appears as to why generics in C#/.NET don't support co- and contra-variance (eg here and here). There must be a reason why people aren't ...
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Duplicate notification while writing an answer

Currently we have a check while a user is writing an answer to notify him that someone else has answered. You can then refresh to see that answer, and if its better than yours, vote that up and skip ...
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Close as duplicate, or leave it to assist others with weak search-fu? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: duplicate question etiquette: to delete or not to delete? I posted a question that I knew was a duplicate, because I was having no luck at all searching up the question that I ...
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Notifying OP of duplicate questions

I'm a little confused about the correct way to notify the OP and the community of duplicate questions. The highest-voted answer in the question How to handle duplicate questions? and official FAQ ...
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Should users be allowed to remove the “Possible Duplicate” links on closed questions?

I've noticed the following happen a few times: A user posts a question. The question is closed as a duplicate and the usual "Possible Duplicate" links are added at the top. The user promptly removes ...
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I don't think it's right to mark question as “duplicate”

I don't think it's right that new questions get closed as "dupes." Some of them were asked in the early days of StackOverflow/ServerFault/SuperUser and do not necessarily have great answers. Also with ...
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Should we encourage users to delete their own duplicate answers?

I think there is a general practice in place that when duplicate answers are posted, the slower users will defer to the faster one by means of upvote and a deletion of their own answer. When this ...
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Backlinks to duplicates [duplicate]

Currently, when a user comes across a duplicate, they can follow the link to the original question and its answers. But if they find the original question first, they can't see any of the questions ...
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Dupes of Dupes

I just came across a question that was closed a dupe, so I went to the original. It too was closed as a dupe of another question, so I went to that one. Fortunately, after a couple dupes, I finally ...
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Accepting a duplicate answer etiquette

I've just answered this question about copying arrays in Java. Approximately half an hour later someone else piped up with what was essentially a complete clone of my answer even down to formatting ...
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Can I please select a current duplicate when closing a question?

I've read somewhere that it's to prevent lazy users selecting that one and not checking if it is actually a dupe. I don't buy that one bit. Isn't the system supposed to trust us? Why hinder the ...
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The input field is too big when closing question as duplicate

This happens in Firefox 3.0.10 Ubuntu. Screenshot: http://img2.pict.com/12/e3/e4/1548211/0/800/q.png
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When are dupes not dupes? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Asking similar questions - process? It's a pretty simple question actually, should duplicate questions be allowed if the original question did not get an accepted answer? ...
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Any exceptions in duplicating questions? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Asking similar questions - process? Again a possible duplicate. ;) Lets say I have a question and I want to ask it in SO. I see a duplicate but I cannot find a successful ...
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“Exact duplicate” lookup on Blur

Can you trigger the look-up when the textfield's blur event is raised? Often times I'll copy/paste the id of the duplicate question, and then click off of the textbox...and nothing happens. I then ...
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False positives when using a community to catch duplicates

I've run into issues a few times where I've wanted to ask a question but basically can't ask it because it gets marked as a duplicate, even though there are legitimate reasons to ask the question. ...
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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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Why won't you close a question I asked and later flagged for moderator attention as a duplicate

I asked this question on superuser, and Lee referenced similar question on serverfault in his answer. I then marked the question for moderator attention and noted it should be closed as a duplicate. ...
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Please define “Duplicate.” I think we're a bit unclear here

I'm convinced that we have no clear understanding of "duplicate" here. I recently had a question here closed because I asked for the "closed by" message to not credit votes to those who did not cast ...
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Add ability to flag answers as duplicates

While the etiquette of dealing with duplicate answers has been discussed, there hasn't been a great way to deal with these, "Uh, yeah, I said this, too" types of behavior than the almighty downvote. ...
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When merging questions, leave the duplicate one as a placeholder

It's been stated previously that duplicates have their uses. They sometimes indicate that a particular question couldn't be found with however the user searched for it. Now while merging is often ...
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Display notification when the question you are answering is voted as dupe [duplicate]

It'll be nice if a notification is displayed when you're writing an answer to a question and someone else votes it as a dupe. Today, I answered a question and when I submitted, I noticed that it's ...
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Double posts: close the older or newer one? [duplicate]

I sometimes come across double posts (the exact same question, same user, posted within a short time). An example is this: first, second, posted with a minute or two between them. My reaction was to ...
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official list of common questions/answers for dupes [closed]

If there isn't already one I just missed, can we start some kind of "official list" of common questions and answers? For example, this question has been asked a gazillion times [literally :)] but I ...
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When is a duplicate question not a duplicate?

I thought that this question C# newbie List question was a duplicate (sorry, as a noob meta user I can only post one link, please follow my comment on that question), but other folks don't seem to ...
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Alert when closing as a dupe favoring a younger question

One of my questions was marked as a duplicate today by somebody - rightfully so, too; it was. The only thing is I asked my question in mid-July, and the duplicate was asked today. Should there be ...
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Ease selection of the master question in the duplicate question closing window

The current manner of selecting the candidate among the list is to retype the title or go see the candidate's id and type it. Why not just click to select it? I don't suggest removing the link, which ...
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Force a search before asking question?

I've noticed quite a few questions coming in on META that are definitely duplicates of other posts. To the point where I think the titles may have even been almost the same verbatim (ok, a tad bit of ...
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What is the most rampant duplicate on Stack Exchange sites?

Strongly related: How do we deal with octuplicate questions? This is not a question about how to deal with duplicates, it's a simple "meta" question: What is the most rampant duplicate on Stack ...
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How do we deal with octuplicate questions?

I just googled: "site:stackoverflow.com +axure" I got these answers: Web UI prototyping tools What is the best web prototyping tool? What tools are available for designing Web UI? What are you ...
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Group previously-selected master questions in duplicate questions dialog

When closing a post as an exact duplicate, there is a prompt to enter the question it is a duplicate of. If there have been other votes to close as a duplicate, you will see the posts those other ...
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Aggressively closing duplicate questions

It seems like people have become extremely aggressive in closing duplicate questions lately (often within a minute or two), and it seems like there's a downside to this... Is the loss of potential ...
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Asking similar questions - process?

I would like to ask a question on SO. However, a search reveals that a similar question has been asked, and I feel my question would get marked as a duplicate. The similar question has few answers - ...
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How should we be handling endless variations of the same question?

Two of the tags that I have set to "interesting" on stackoverflow are "perl" and "apache". I have a feeling that it won't be long until I remove the apache tag from that list because 98% of questions ...
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Add separate field for duplicate questions

There should be a little textbox like the tags textbox which allows users to keep a list of duplicate questions, e.g.: 3423 23423 2232 This would be cleaning than posting the links in comments and ...
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Are similar questions allowed on two sites? [duplicate]

Are questions which are basically the same sites allowed on on two Stack Exchange sites? For example take a look at these two questions from Server Fault and Super User. Server Fault What is the ...
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Is there a record of merged questions?

I have asked a total of two questions on meta.stackoverflow, yet under my profile it shows zero questions. One of those questions got around 8 up votes and I still have my reputation from them, this ...