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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Changing “This question has been asked before and already has an answer.” when the duplicate was posted before [duplicate]

From time to time, a question A is closed as a duplicate of question B, even though B was asked after A. I find the closure message misleading: This question has been asked before and already has ...
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Is it better to use a dupe target that has an answer?

This is an issue only for meta, as a question without an answer can be used as a dupe target on meta, not on the main sites. Changes to "close as duplicate" (part deux) (thanks to Laurel for ...
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Why doesn't the “marked as duplicate” notice include the user who voted to close?

In this question, I got a notice that my question was a duplicate, and I clicked a button to confirm that it was. But it says that only the Community user marked the question. Wouldn't it also ...
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Gold tag badge holders can unilaterally re-open a question they asked, closed as duplicate by a moderator. Is this expected?

As a moderator on a site, I closed a question as duplicate of another question asked by the same user. It happened that the question was using a tag for which I have a gold tag badge. Since the user ...
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Question marked as duplicate of question with no answers [closed]

I have posted a question on Stack OverFlow a couple of hours ago. It was a duplicate of another question (posted about 3.5 years ago) which I knew (actually posted a link to that question in my post) ...
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Why do we have duplicated “mark as duplicate” when voting / flagging questions? [duplicate]

I was wondering when marking / flagging a question as a duplicate, I see two identical options: "A duplicated "mark as duplicate" " One in the first page: Another under "Should be closed" page: I ...
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Show (duplicate) status next to titles on right Linked/Related Questions panels [duplicate]

When a user see a list of  Linked/Related Questions on right panel, it will be useful to have the word [duplicate] visible immediately after title. It will help to understand why the questions linked ...
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What is the difference between “marked as duplicate” and “closed as duplicate”?

Sometimes questions are just "marked" and sometimes they are "closed" as duplicates. Up until recently I thought it was "marked" when the question it's a duplicate of doesn't have an answer. But then ...
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Is asking a similar question but without irrelevant context OK?

I am wondering if it is alright to re-ask a question if you can only find context-specific questions that use methods that can solve your problem but is not your specific problem (probably most ...
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How to be more polite and accommodating? [duplicate]

Here's my beef. I've noticed over the past couple of days, and even before I joined this (the StackExchange) community that most of you aren't kind to your fellow user. I'm not trying to get up on a ...
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Automatic comment was not added when voting to close as duplicate

I voted to close this question as a duplicate of this one. By the time of voting to close, there wasn't any comment linking to that question, and it didn't appear in the "Linked" section. However, no ...
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Add clarification link to “Possible duplicate” automated comment

Some people when receiving "Possible duplicate" comment (if someone voted to close the question as a duplicate), take it personally and put angry comments, that historically their question was asked ...
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Shouldn't the newer questions be marked as duplicate and not the earlier ones? [duplicate]

Example: The Stack Overflow question What is the reason behind "non-static method cannot be referenced from a static context"? asked in 2008 is marked as duplicate of Non-static variable ...
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Using Android app - how to close as duplicate?

If the question I wish to use as the duplicate is not offered up in the list, the Stack Exchange Android app wants me to enter a question id or URL. How do I obtain this information using the app? I ...
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When flagging a question that is already closed as duplicate, error message is incorrect

I was viewing a question for a while, then decided to flag it. When clicking the flag link, I got: In words, for sake of search: This question has been put on-hold since you loaded the page -...
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How to handle a trivially inapplicable/incorrect “duplicate question” flag

On a topic for which I have fairly extensive experience a question has been flagged as a duplicate of another one that is for a completely separate case. A person with any experience in the field ...
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How do to deal with a spam question that has a bounty on it?

Whilst reading this question: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/38204214/how-to-integrate-imagemagick-to-magento-site/38479100#38479100 something felt odd about it, and I decided to Google about it, ...
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Duplicate bug report, different “application version”: which report to keep open?

I was doing some reviews on close votes, when I came to this question. Cannot submit comment It has been proposed as a dupe of Comment posting issue As you can see, the original proposed question ...
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How do you remove a “duplicate” label from a question? [duplicate]

I found this question for Python programming: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/38286554/time-delay-between-each-step-python?answertab=oldest#tab-top It was marked as a duplicate of this question: ...
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Wrong wording of close message when question is closed as duplicate of more than one

Take for example this question. It was closed as a duplicate of two other questions. However, the close message says: Or, in words: This question was marked as an exact duplicate of an ...
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How to be sure your question isn't a duplicate

In my Stack Exchange experience, I have written countless duplicates I didn't Even know about because they had a very different title to the one I used. (Poorly written titles.) How can I be sure my ...
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Related questions in the sidebar which are closed as dupe of the question you're currently looking at results in poor UX for anonyomous users

On AskUbuntu, there is this question. In the sidebar, under "Linked questions", there is a link to this question, which has been closed as duplicate and merged with the first question. For anonymous, ...
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Editing duplicate banner edited into the text of the question

> **Possible Duplicate:** > [Possible to remove the link to duplicate question?](https://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/50336/possible-to-remove-the-link-to-duplicate-question) <!-- ...
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Why do some questions never get marked as a duplicate, but others do?

Today I saw that a question was marked as a duplicate, but the original was also a duplicate. The question marked as a duplicate can be found here. The question that is a duplicate, but never got ...
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Why does my own dupe CV on my own question not immediately close it? [duplicate]

If I vote to close my own Q as dupe, it has no effect other than casting a dupe vote. But if I then refresh the page, I see that note on top of it asking whether that other question solved my ...
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For duplicate questions, provide a direct link to the root duplicate

Yesterday I posted a question detailing my walk down a lengthy linked list of duplicates to finally find my Russian doll of an answer. It would have been so convenient to have had a Table of ...
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Is there a limit to the number of duplicate questions?

I had a question today. As usual, I searched and found my question already on SO - with a really great answer. I noticed in the comments it was marked "Possible Duplicate: ...", so I checked out the ...
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Is the message “This question may already have an answer here” shown after flags or only after close votes?

In some situations the banner is displayed which says that: "This question may already have an answer here" (followed by a link to the other question). Simultaneously, two options are shown: "that ...
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For a gold badge user, how to “propose” for closing a question as duplicate without completely closing it? [duplicate]

In earlier times (with/without gold badge), when a user would hit "close" button for a "duplicate" question, it will automatically add a comment and mark a vote for the closing it. With new "gold ...
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Answered question is identical to mine, but accepted solution doesn't work for me

Here is the situation. I have a problem, and upon searching for a solution, I find that another SO user has already posted a question and accepted and answer. However, while the question perfectly ...
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Contents of question X is dupe of old question Y, but X (only) has tag feature-request - close as duplicate?

See this close vote review on SO. The misunderstanding in/from the warning described in the question has already been explained in an older question. But the new question has an feature-request tag, ...
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Duplicate closure, possible or is it a bug? [duplicate]

I just saw these two questions are closed as duplicate of each other, forming a closure: Subscript out of range error in this excel vba script Updated the vba code and still it gives me a subscript ...
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Detailed mechanics of closing as duplicate

I'm afraid this question itself is very likely to be a duplicate, but I haven't been able to find this information by searching Meta. How exactly does the system decide when to close a question as a ...
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Why do some duplicate questions not refer to the original question? [duplicate]

Here is a question that I found that is marked as duplicate, but does not come with a link to the original question. Why did this happen? Is it a bug? The main reason I put it here is because I ...
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Aging Q&As and Fresh Questions [duplicate]

Here is the basic problem that I am running into over and over. I have a question that I would like to find an answer to on Stack Exchange. As I search I find a number of promising Q&As in the ...
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What do I do when a user deliberately asks a duplicate that is not answered [duplicate]

I while ago, I saw 1 legitimate question, that did not have an answer yet, and another question (not by the same user), which looks something like: I have the same problem as link. followed by a ...
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Give ability to move own answer from duplicate to canonical question

Consider this scenario: A question, X, is asked. An expert reads the question and checks it is not a duplicate. The expert writes a good answer, A. That answer really is good; it receives up-votes. ...
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How is a feature request a duplicate of a support question? [duplicate]

I asked Could we allow users to challenge moderators' decisions? but it was marked as a duplicate. But I believe it isn't a duplicate because the questions linked to are asking how to use a ...
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Show post(s) already chosen as duplicate suggestions in iOS app

When closing a question in the iOS app as duplicate, the UI is very challenging. I understand this is not exactly an easy UI to do given the limitations, but still, it's very complex. One of the ...
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What is the difference of closing for duplicate and flagging for duplicate?

When I encounter a duplicate, I have two choices: Vote closing because it is a duplicate, or flag it as a duplicate. What is the difference and should I do both?
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Implement pass-through results for “Closing -> Duplicate” search window?

By "pass-through" I mean: If the search terms or pasted URL in the "Closing -> Duplicate" search window would (through ordinary search) display a question with zero answers, AND If that question has ...
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Answering a duplicate question

Is it wrong to answer a question and also mark it as a duplicate? I came across a question which I feel was duplicate so marked it so, but also posted an answer to the question. The reason I ...
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Allowing straightforward duplicates to be linked from main meta to specific meta

This question is not about cross duplicates among all meta sites, which is discussed here: What to do with cross site duplicates? There are certain duplicates which are too straightforward to be re-...
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Only show most upvoted in 'related questions'

I just discovered why duplicate questions are not deleted on the SE network. But why do the less popular questions then show up in 'Related' on the right hand side? I keep on seeing questions with -1 ...
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MSE missing duplicate targets, other missing PostLinks

I noticed a question here with a missing duplicate target and did a little digging. According to this query (or this similar query on PostsWithDeleted), on MSE, there are: 356 questions whose ...
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What to do when I know my question would be a duplicate? [duplicate]

I'm searching for a solution for a problem/question I'm almost 100% sure was asked before but I can't find it. It is a generic question, no way that it wasn't asked before but no matter how many ways ...
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Close Vote Queue: Duplicate question issue

While reviewing a question in the close vote queue on Board Games I noticed an issue where a suggested duplicate was already closed as a duplicate of question I was reviewing. What should happen if ...
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How did this duplicate question manage to be answered after being marked as duplicate? [duplicate]

This question on TSE was marked as duplicate on 2016/02/24 at 15:52:19Z. It was then answered on 2016/02/24 at 15:52:52Z, seconds after being marked as duplicate. How is this possible? Is there a ...
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Promote and mark your favorites in duplicate search

The Favorites feature is handy for marking specific questions as important for some reason. What if we made it possible to use that signal in the duplicate close dialog so that favorited candidates (...
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Can we update the duplicate post finder to include other users?

This question originated from this MSO post where there is a discussion on an exact duplicate question by another user. The case itself is curious enough, and Bhargav Rao asked a good question in a ...