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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Auto-flag duplicates of deleted questions for reopening / deletion

Update: This has been implemented according to the slightly more aggressive manner proposed in this answer below. OK, so this is the second time I've come across a perfectly valid bug report here on ...
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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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Should you gain rep for asking a duplicate question?

This is a two in one question: Should the asker of a duplicate question gain reputation for asking the duplicate question? Should the answerers of duplicate questions gain reputation for answering ...
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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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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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Reward <3k reputation users for finding duplicates

I suggest rewarding a silver badge to users with <3k reputation for correctly finding and flagging duplicate questions. The community would benefit having most part of its users engaged to keep ...
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Duplicate question etiquette: to delete or not to delete? [duplicate]

Let's say I'm a good Stack Overflow citizen: I have a question, I search on SO and on google to see if someone's asked the same thing, and I can't find anything that shows up, so I go ahead and post a ...
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What is the proper behavior when someone abuses the close-vote superpowers?

I got this question in the re-open vote queue. I noticed it is marked as a duplicate of a question titled Complete and utter nonsense, which was a bit suspicious. So I looked at the bottom of that ...
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Avoid chaining “exact duplicates”

I just had an interesting experience, which I think highlights an area where StackExchange could improve the "close as exact duplicate function". This happened when I wanted to find out if allowing ...
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Prevent circular close as exact duplicate loop [duplicate]

I was browsing SO today when I stumbled across these two questions: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/3057475/php-pi-help-loops-closed https://stackoverflow.com/questions/3059533/php-pi-help-loops ...
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Confirming that my own question is a duplicate by voting to close should have immediate effect

Someone voted to close my question as a duplicate. I agreed, so I cast my close vote (I have enough reputation to vote to close). A question is closed immediately when the asker agrees that it's a ...
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Autocomment when voting to close as duplicate

Another solution to this problem: Problem: People are voting to close as exact duplicate without leaving comments. Such votes are invisible to everyone under 3k. A comment is the primary way ...
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Duplicate explanation should encourage improvement of original

The new closed-as-duplicate banner 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. I think it ...
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Close as “Exact Duplicate” does not recognize links from Facebook sub-domain [closed]

While not originally brought up as a result of this discussion, balpha replied regarding this matter: We should probably make sure it works anyway... So here's the formal feature request. Users ...
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Does it feel lately like all questions have already been asked and answered and there is nothing more to do?

I think everybody with a history of participation can't help but notice the explosive growth of repeated duplicate questions. The work of looking for duplicates and then closing questions has ...
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Close as cross post [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: The ability to link cross site duplicates I'd like a "close as cross post" option that allows me to provide a link to the question on the other site that was cross posted as. ...
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Replace “closed” with “duplicate” in search results

[duplicate] recently replaced [closed] in question titles in question lists, but not in search results:
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Duplicate question close reason says “already has an answer,” which is often false [duplicate]

I asked a question here on MSO today, but it was found to have been asked around a month ago. I'm not concerned by this (better to be found by more than one user) but, I noticed that the wording in ...
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If I've favourited a question that gets merged (and possibly deleted), please favorite the target question

I've favourited a few questions that later get closed as duplicates, merged, and eventually deleted. I can find the "better" target question because I can see the deleted question, and find where the ...
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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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Could we allow child Meta questions to be closed as duplicates of Meta.SE ones?

Now that we have one central cross-network Meta, we have a core place where network-wide issues can be discussed. There are a lot of great frequently asked questions and answers here, ones that will ...
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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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Revamping the Duplicate question System

Now that we have over 3 million questions on Stack Overflow, the "Duplicate Question" problem is becoming way more difficult to handle and address. We are seeing over 130 possibly duplicate questions ...
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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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Should the “closed as duplicate” message be altered?

Here's what the closed-as-duplicate message looks like: marked as duplicate by johndoe1, johndoe2, johndoe3, johndoe4, johndoe5 May 5 '55 at 5:55 This question has been asked before and ...
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How did these circular duplicates come about?

Usually we're presented with an error if a closure would result in the creation of a loop: But somehow this question has been closed as a duplicate of this question which is a duplicate of this ...
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Difficulty finding existing / duplicate questions

Note: I know that this topic has almost certainly been covered many times before, however, hopefully I'm raising some new points and suggestions (ironically I wasn't able to find many related ...
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Can we prevent duplicate spam questions?

Stack Exchange already checks new questions and rejects them if they're exact duplicates. When this happens the asker gets a message about this. What it doesn't do is to check for deleted duplicate ...
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Should we downvote duplicates?

Should duplicates be downvoted as a punishment for not searching first, or is just closing enough?
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Let's clean up the “this is a duplicate” answers

I recently discovered that there are a lot of answers out there that just contain a link and some variation of the text "this is a duplicate". A lot can be found with the query is:answer body:"...
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Make it less confusing for Low-rep users to flag as duplicate

When a low-rep user want to use an exact duplicate flag (click flag, "it doesn't belong here", then it turns into a close-vote look-alike screen where "exact duplicate" lives) the verbiage is a bit ...
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Why do close votes expire?

I nominated this question to be closed as a dup. I see that two other people upvoted my comment, so they might have voted to close it as well. Now, we didn't gather enough votes, and all close votes ...
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Auto-CW dupes; encourage migrating of good answers to original question

Answering duplicates often happens in good faith. Even active Meta users with a crapload of dupe-fighting feature requests often rush to the "answer" button ("hey, I can write a cool answer to that!") ...
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Merge answers but not question when closing as duplicate

It frequently happens across all SE sites that duplicate questions garner a few answers before they get closed. Sure there should be a policy about not answering dupes, but only the high rep users are ...
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New flagging dialog has a duplicate for duplicate

We've changed the flagging format from today(AFAIK) as below, looks good. But, when I select it should be closed for another reason... I can see the same reason duplicate on the top. What ...
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Add a duplicate:0|1 search operator

I often search for closed questions and sift through the ones that are not duplicates to see if any of them need to be killed. Technically, closure is the first step towards deletion and the only ...
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Change wording of “Exact Duplicate”? [duplicate]

I like the UI and the cleanliness of the Stack Exchange sites, but one thing that bugs me is the wording of the notification that something is a duplicate. I have had many questions closed because ...
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Do “reference questions” make sense?

We have a great influx of questions that are permutations of the same basic question. Among the most common examples in the tags I'm active in are How do I parse this HTML structure with PHP? How do ...
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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 Could We Fix “The Ternary Operator Problem”

Well-intentioned people tend to ask the same question over and over again: What does this mean: var foo = bar ? 1 : 0; It's the thing which most people (notably: most people on SO) call "the ternary ...
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Stop generating “possible duplicate” comments

When a question has pending close votes, the system now adds a banner indicating that the question might be a duplicate: But the first user to vote still generates a possible duplicate comment: ...
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Subsequent duplicate close votes should automatically upvote the possible duplicate comment

When voting to close as a duplicate, an automatic comment is generated, that's good. But sometimes that comment is lost in the influx of other comments, not visible to viewers or sometimes the OP (...
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Closing posts as duplicate of very old questions

Taking the Microsoft development world as an example, over the past three years we've seen three new versions of ASP.NET MVC and a whole new .NET Framework (and ASP.NET). In jQuery world we see the ...
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A user copy-pasting answers without proper attribution [duplicate]

I came across this user's profile while I was going through the close-votes queue and most if not all answers seem to be copied from other Stack Overflow answers or from external sources. This is a ...
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What if my question is technically a duplicate, but the original question was never answered? [duplicate]

I'm wondering what the generally accepted/community-endorsed etiquette is in this situation. Ideally I would like to push the original question back onto the front page, as if it were a new question (...
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Duplicate question changes - can't mark duplicates by same user

The changed duplicate functionality (just now?) won't let us mark a duplicate where an asker asks the same question twice in an effort to get a response. eg: https://stackoverflow.com/review/close/...
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Strongly separate duplicates from “the rest” in close votes review queue

Update: I wish I could downvote decline justification twice. "You can already filter down by close reason." Oh really , Do you see many reviewers using filter? Do you see Steward badges awarded for ...
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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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Duplicates Mark II, Canonicals, more aggressive duplicate prevention

This question is another take on the duplicates problem. It steals is inspired by ideas from the various posts and feature-requests posted here on meta. Disclaimer: In this post, I am referring to ...
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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 ...