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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Boost duplicate post search results by incoming link count

When you try to close a post as a duplicate, you are given the opportunity to search for the dupe target. Still, searching for that dupe target you know exists is hard and more often than not I have ...
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Please streamline VTC-as dupe in the review queue

I am trying to be a good sport and work on the close queue. Some days I use up all my votes, most days I don't. I hate to be a whiner, but there is a ton of clicking to agree with a possible dupe: ...
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Detect and block question copied exactly from existing questions

Just now I saw this question and this question two questions which are deleted afterwards, which appears to be copied exactly from another existing question, and surprisingly some "users" also ...
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Vanishing close-votes when the original version of a duplicate is deleted?

I voted to close this question as a duplicate of this earlier question (now deleted, after being closed as off-topic and voted down to -6), so did one other user. The author of both questions deleted ...
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Disable the automatic redirect to duplicates when the referrer is an SE site

For a while now anonymous users are automatically redirected to the linked duplicate if they visit a question that was closed as a duplicate and that had no answers. There is one case where this ...
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If question A is closed as a dupe of question B, it should bump B to the front page

Since questions that are closed as duplicates may have answers, I think it would be great if: the target (non closed) question gained a link to the dupe (ideally in a "duplicates" section with an ...
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“Marked as duplicate” text doesn't make sense for questions that have no answer

The new "marked as duplicate" text says: This question has been asked before and already has an answer. If those answers do not fully address your question, please ask a new question. In some ...
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Voting to close as duplicate no longer up-votes the auto-generated comment

Until fairly recently, if I voted to close a question as a duplicate, the system would automatically up-vote the existing "possible duplicate of Foo" comment (if there was one). This no longer seems ...
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Auto generated close as dupe comment appears only after a full reload

I just cast a close as dupe vote on a question here on Meta. In the past it used to push the auto generated comment live but now I can't see my comment after voting, only after I reload the page. Can ...
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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 ...
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Favorite questions are shown with “closed” or “on-hold” instead of “duplicate”

On the list of favorites in user profile, duplicate questions are shown with [on-hold] or [closed] instead of [duplicate]. (Actually, the question is a duplicate.) This is confusing. Makes me ...
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What do askers do after the first vote to close as duplicate?

When a question gets a single vote-to-close identifying a possible duplicate, a large banner appears only to the asker of the question saying that the question has already been asked and may have an ...
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Automatic duplicate detection hinders moderators on meta

Don't get me wrong - I love that duplicates are now automatically detected and stopped from being posted. But there are edge cases where this new feature is a problem, and prevents real work from ...
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“Possible duplicate” notice not removed after reopening question

I just reopened this question, which had been closed as a duplicate of another. I navigated away and went to visit the page later, it turns out, the Possible Duplicate banner wasn't removed ...
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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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An “Exact Duplicate” question doesn't mean there's already a helpful answer

My duplicate question was just closed for being an exact duplicate. So naturally I looked to see what this answer is. This answer doesn't really apply. It's a "me too", but it doesn't tell me if ...
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Two kinds of Duplicate closing are too confusing - suggestion for a possible fix

Question closed as duplicate before Changes to "close as duplicate" (part deux): Question closed as duplicate after Changes to "close as duplicate" (part deux): This is ...
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Remove Punctuation When Checking for Duplicate Titled Questions

I recently saw a question titled "Jquery vs Javascript" (10k+ users only). I thought, "surely someone has asked this question before", and began looking for a duplicate. What I found is a question ...
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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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Merged question is closed as a duplicate of itself

The question https://softwarerecs.stackexchange.com/posts/4539/revisions was closed as a duplicate of https://softwarerecs.stackexchange.com/posts/4529/revisions. Given that the second question was at ...
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Add optional cross-site “already asked” link to off-topic close reason

This topic was already discussed in Allow cross-site duplicate closing feature request. It was badly received and I generally agree, but it has some valid points. So far conclusions that was not ...
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When a close-duplicate vote is retracted, the OP only banner and auto generated comment do not get removed

This is similar to this report, but refers to the header that gets added to a post body. See here, on Super User for an example. As of the time of posting, the duplicate vote was retracted, but both ...
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Add the duplicate suggestion feature to mobile theme

I noticed this issue as I tend to view Stack Overflow via the mobile site frequently: The mobile version does not show possible duplicate questions while you're typing the question/description, ...
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Advise users not to delete their question when it is closed as duplicate

Background: having duplicates around is not bad. It is even useful, e.g. easier to find the original due to the additional key words, etc. That said, I see many users delete their question shortly ...
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Can .question-status have a different background-color than blockquote & pre?

The .question-status div, which displays info about the question's duplicate, etc., blends in with other parts of the question. This screenshot is from StackOverflow: This confuses users. Can it ...
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I do not get notified if a moderator closes my question as a duplicate

I asked a question in the meta of Software Recommendations, it was closed as duplicate of other question by a moderator, but I wasn't informed about it. This is likely related to this bug in which ...
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How is someone expected to get answers to an unanswered duplicate?

Suppose someone needs to ask a perfectly legitimate question, but that same question already exists on StackOverflow. However, the other question does not have an answer yet. Of course users are ...
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Readability of the new 'already has an answer' banner

I suggest a trivial layout change that would (IMO) greatly improve readability. The current layout shows the banner inside the question body; this banner stands where the old “possible duplicates” ...
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Cannot vote to close as duplicate sometimes

I'm voting to close mark "Premium SSL" vs "Stanard SSL" certificates - Any reason why I would want a "Premium SSL"? as a duplicate. It already has 4 votes to close as a ...
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Automatic duplicate detection

I propose to detect double postings automatically by the system and perform a minor penalty like a 24h ban of posting content. Motivation There are numerous cases in which users duplicate their own ...
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Unable to translate “of” for duplicate notice

Every question closed as duplicate contains a notice in the revision list, e.g.: This “of” word is not used in localization engine. Could it please be added into template string for closed ...
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Add the new duplicate link edit events to the user's own history

Gold badgers can now edit the link list on questions closed as duplicates. However, there seems to be no record of having made these edits anywhere in the user's own history. One would think they ...
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Better duplicate closing on the iOS app

Currently, flagging or voting to close as a duplicate on the iOS app gives you a simple text input to paste a question URL or ID. No duplicate suggestions, no search, nothing but a text input. I know ...
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Dupehammer enabling circular duplicates?

The Stack Overflow question https://stackoverflow.com/questions/23750620/update-values-based-on-case-statement has been closed as a duplicate of How to update values using case statement, which has ...
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Hammer indication missing when closing as dupe through the app

As we all know by now, when a power user is using a binding close vote, there is visual indication: However, as can be seen here, when I closed a question as duplicate via the iOS app that indication ...
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Loop of duplicate questions

This question: A Space between Inline-Block List Items is marked as a duplicate of: Unwanted margin in inline-block list items How to remove “Invisible space” from HTML, which is itself a dupicate of ...
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Remove mark as duplicate

I know that it has already been requested that a user is enabled to remove his close vote and it has been rejected here. Still a have a case that is a bit more special. I had two tabs of ...
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Side-by-side display of proposed duplicates in flag review

OK, so I'm lazy. But it would streamline things a little bit if I could click on a button and have a div popup with side-by-side display of a question and it's flagged duplicate. Not sure about ...
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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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Are there any studies on the techniques used to find duplicates?

Are there any analytics collected when a user clicks "Close as a duplicate"? E.g.: how many search queries did s/he fire before pasting the exact dupe id? did s/he click on "Related" questions? how ...
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Allow marking questions as duplicate even when out of close votes

Now that we have a great UI for allowing people to close their own questions as duplicates, I think we should be able to offer that UI to people even if we are out of close votes. Proposal: if out of ...
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Prevent duplicate form comments in review queues?

Notice: Yes, I saw this post. It is not a duplicate since it is no longer accurate. Take a look at this review (this answer). It has two instances of While this link may answer the question, it is ...
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Show related questions immediately after posting

See: Why does the Related question list not always show up? The answer there states that it is an expensive query to run, so it's not done immediately. I remember reading somewhere else that due to ...
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Why are we not doing more to encourage duplicate question closures?

We have some feature requests. Give an incentive for finding duplicate questions - 4 years 6 months open Help us find duplicates efficiently - 1 month open Reward finding duplicate questions - +10, +...
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Have a more aggressive filter for duplicate questions by the same user (i.e. uppercase/lowercase)

Note: this is not the same as this; that one's about duplicates in general. I'm talking about the automatic filter that disallows duplicate posts by the same user. This question was recently posted ...
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Merging answers to old questions, how it relates to acceptance and Necromancer

So I experienced my first merge yesterday, after a question I had answered was closed due to duplicate. I thought closed questions will be deleted along with the answers, and all generated reps ...
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Editing the duplicate list doesn't really work on mobile with the new responsive design

When trying to add a duplicate target to a closed question on my iPhone, I'd like to paste a URL in the box where you're supposed to 'search, or enter a question link or numeric id'. However, the ...
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Reopening a question does not clear the custom duplicate list created by gold hammer

I noticed a question that was closed as duplicate, but the dupe targets were wrong. Gold hammer edited the list to add another target in addition to the original, but still both were wrong. I did ...
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How does Stack Exchange check for duplicates?

I want to ask, how you check for duplicates. Background: The company I work for has a wiki, Confluence, set up by me. With more and more articles coming along, duplicates are starting to pop up. They'...
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How often is the duplicate target link clicked?

Can we get some stats about how often is the duplicate target link clicked on questions marked as a duplicate? I'm particularly interested in duplicate questions with answers, because on those without ...