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This tag is referring to the process of identifying and closing questions that are duplicates of another question.

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A number of duplicates posted in the last hour by different users

Either someone is creating a bunch of accounts and asking very similar questions, or a bunch of people from the same math class all decided to use SO to do their homework. A search for mcnuggets is a ...
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Do we indirectly punish good citizens?

I always search SO hard before asking a question. And let's be honest, the site isn't necessarily optimized for search (answers tend to reuse question terminology, which often isn't the broadest ...
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Cannot see duplicate votes when out of close votes

When you have close votes remaining, you can always see duplicates used as close votes by pretending you're going to close vote (select the 'exact duplicate' reason) and proceed. But, after the ...
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Automatic “possible duplicate” links are removed even if the question isn't closed as a duplicate

I see that the system automatically adds "possible duplicate of..." links when voting to close as a duplicate. Earlier today, I voted to close Why is SVN better than VSS? as a duplicate of SVN? VSS? ...
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Change text of links on Stack Exchange network from URL to post title in moderator queue

Currently, when a link, such as something being marked as an exact duplicate shows up in the moderator queue, a non-descript url is shown as a note to the moderator: However, I'd like a more ...
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Review queue should give me duplicates with low vote count

Given the new Mjolnir, I have a feature request. I'd prefer it if when the review queue wants to give me a duplicate on a tag in which I can single handedly vote and close, that it's give me one that ...
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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 you are not satisfied with answers on someone else's question, should you ask your own?

Suppose you had a question, and you really want a good answer that would solve your problem, but noticed it was already asked by someone else. Now, a lot of answers had been posted and upvoted, and ...
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Opinions on closing an older question as a duplicate of a newer question [duplicate]

What's everyone's opinion on closing an older question as a duplicate of a newer one, if the newer one is clearly the better resource? I'm looking at a special case right now, where the two were ...
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Is it OK to close a question as an exact duplicate of a question that was asked later? [duplicate]

I found this question here on Meta from 2009, and it was closed recently as a duplicate of a question that was posted much later! Why is that? It's not just that older questions can't be duplicates ...
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Duplicate questions on other SE sites?

I recently asked a question on security.stackexchange.com. The question was related to XSS so in my opinion it belonged to the security website. There was a comment on the question saying that a ...
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The title of the inserted link for a duplicate question should be properly escaped

This question was recently closed as a duplicate of (![]+[])[+[]]… Explain why this works. However, the inserted link blows up as the weird title does not get escaped properly in the resulting ...
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Please inverse the community user's duplicate listing

Currently when a question is closed as a dupe, you'll see what question(s) it is a possible duplicate of. But what about the opposite? Since there are many occasions that duplicate questions can ...
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What should happen when the “parent” duplicated question is deleted?

This question has been closed as a duplicated question, but the “parent” questions that is linked to as the possible duplicate is not there anymore.
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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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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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How to prevent an endless deluge of questions about “that” and “which”

I know we have already asked about this problem twice, but English.SE has now had its third question about the difference between that and which (first, second). The “Ask Question” page is supposed to ...
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Can closing as a duplicate bump the duplicated post if it has no answer?

If there's a dupe question it usually means it's a popular topic, or there's a demand for a solution to a certain recurring problem. Sometimes we close dupes in reference to old, unanswered questions. ...
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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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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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Should we reopen a question if it is closed with a wrong reason?

The question in question: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/18515135/triple-less-than-sign-in-bash It is closed as "Questions asking for code must demonstrate a minimal understanding of the ...
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Does a “dupe” on another (non-SE/SO) site warrant a vote to close? [duplicate]

On Stack Overflow a user asked the following question: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/9867821/opencl-slower-than-opengl As noted by user gpu, this exact question has been asked on Nvidia's ...
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What to do when your question has an old, stale, unanswered duplicate?

What do you do when you want to ask a question, but find an exact duplicate that doesn't actually have a useful answer? This has happened to me multiple times in the past, so I figure it probably ...
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Choose the same question as others suggested when closing question as dup

When closing a question as duplicate, currently you can view what other people suggested as a duplicate. But when you cast your own vote, you still have to manually enter in the question ID or search ...
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Close as duplicate fails on HTTPS links

When closing a question as a duplicate there is a text box which says: "search, or enter a question link or numeric id". You can copy and paste a question link into here, but this fails if the URL ...
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Black links on new duplicate banner are counter intuitive

I noticed today on Ask Ubuntu we got a new banner for duplicate questions. I think the wording is a lot better and the bigger banner will cause less confusion. However it took me a while to ...
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Don't allow Community to delete dup-master questions, and warn voters against the same

Well, this is the feature request out of this situation. Apparently people closed this post with some duplicates pointing to it and Community ♦ deleted it. There should be some checks in place ...
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Feature request: low rep users being allowed to comment on duplicates

Feature request: When a question is closed as a duplicate (or merged into another), the author of that question should be able to comment on the parent question and its answers, irrespective of ...
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Auto-fix duplicates of questions deleted by the Roomba

While normal users can no longer vote to delete questions that have other questions closed as duplicates of them, the automatic deletion script (a.k.a. the Roomba) still can, and does, delete such ...
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“Vote to close” button enabled prematurely

Possible Duplicate: No biggie, but when closing a question as exact duplicate, entering a question ID and then deleting it, the following situation may occur: http://page.mi.fu-berlin.de/krudolph/...
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Add title uniqueness to the heuristics for detecting low-quality questions

This feature request is a response to Anyone want to clean up some bad titles? Two days ago, Björn suggested that we warn users when they post a new question with an identical title to an existing ...
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If I answer a clearly dup'd question, am I part of the problem?

A really simple question was asked recently, and I didn't think to check for dups before answering, and neither did a couple of others who have answered. By giving answers to the dup, are we ...
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Should I mark as duplicate if the question is answered elsewhere, but it's not the same question?

I'm looking for policy or guidance on the following situation. Someone just posted a new question Q1. I noticed that one of the existing answers to another question (Q2) already answers Q1 -- the ...
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Duplicate target erroneously rejected although it has upvoted/accepted answers

This review is not possible to finish, because I get that this question can not be closed as a dupe of this question, because it has no accepted or upvoted answer (although it has two answers - each ...
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Finding earlier answers for commonly-repeated questions

Apologies if this counts as "bumping" my question as previously asked on Language. It's only just dawned on me that quite likely the SO internal search engine is the same across all sites, so others ...
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New “marked as duplicate” function breaks reopen reviews?

Related to this and this. Now, when reviewing reopen votes on questions closed as duplicates, I've got no link anywhere to the question that the closed question is a duplicate of (i.e. the "...
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Don't close questions as duplicate if the original is closed

I asked a meta question a while back which was closed as a duplicate. I notice now that the original question is also closed. Is it the case that once a question has been asked and a verdict reached ...
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Can we see the results of Project Reduplication of Deduplication?

Back in October 2016, there was an announcement that Stack Exchange would be collaborating with the University of Melbourne on duplicate question detection. It looks like the portion of work where we ...
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Dupehammer “marked as duplicate by” shows only the gold-badge user, removing previous voters [closed]

Using the new Dupehammer (name subject to change?), I closed a question which was on the Close Votes review queue: How can I call my c# functions from an external js file The question already had two ...
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“please ask another question” in duplicate banner [duplicate]

Shouldn't the "please ask a new question" be "edit your question to make the differences clear"? That's what the established process has been for a while now -- "don't repost closed questions; edit ...
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Not just Closing Duplicate, nor Canonical Answers, but Optimizing for Pearls - How do we reward Pearl-Discovery?

How can we change the motivation system to encourage people to spend more time curating and looking for pearls, rather the wallowing in the sand? We have heard that "Questions are the sand, and great ...
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Why does marking someone's question as duplicate incite such rage or hurt feelings?

Anyone who's spent much time on Meta has seen them: the frustrated rants from inexperienced users yelling about how The High-Rep Cabal closed their question out of Sheer Soup-Nazi Spite or Malign And ...
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Show possible duplicates in the main post before it's closed

At the moment links to possible duplicates are inserted in the question text once a question is closed. It would be better to insert the links right away as soon as someone votes for it as a duplicate....
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Note which post a question was closed as a duplicate of in the revision history, even after it's reopened

This is the revision history of a post that was closed as a duplicate then reopened, here on Meta. Note that there is no part of the revision which mentions or links to the alleged duplicate: The ...
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Circular duplicates strike again

It looks like this issue has come up before, and been resolved, but it just happened again on Travel.SE. Perhaps this is another corner case? These two questions are closed as duplicates of each other....
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Circular duplicate link allowed

Circular duplicate links didn't used to be allowed, but I just did it: How to access the system tray using the keyboard? How to access (or switch between) tray icons with shortcut in windows?
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Time for a spring cleaning in the dusty corner of .NET mail reading [closed]

Preface Via an answer yesterday I learned about a guy who shamelesly promote his commercial mail component on SO. After throwing a few flags after his canned answers, it occured to me that lots of ...
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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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Close-Vote impossible due to “question does not have an upvoted or accepted answer” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Duplicate target erroneously rejected although it has upvoted/accepted answers I'm getting this information since lately: This question does not have an upvoted or accepted ...