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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Should we downvote answers to obvious duplicate questions?

According to the accepted answer to Should one downvote answers to off-topic questions?, downvoting answers to an obvious off-topic question is appropriate, with the purpose of not encouraging people ...
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How best to respond to “I want a better answer” duplicates?

I think this is a common scenario on every Stack Exchange: User 1 asks question A Question A gets answers X, Y, and Z User 2 asks identical question B, but adds arbitrary condition excluding answers ...
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How to handle duplicate-posting user?

Check out this guy who just keeps asking the same question(s) over and over. He gets responses to the various incarnations but seems incapable of helping himself get past both the immediate problems ...
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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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Please provide information on duplicate question relationships in SEDE again

Before the changes to how duplicates are displayed earlier this month, it was possible to get data on duplicate questions and their "originals" out of SEDE by parsing the automatically inserted string....
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Help cleaning up dozens of duplicate 'facebook meta image' questions [closed]

I just listened to Stack Exchange Podcast #20 where Joel and Jeff talk about the problems with duplicate questions and how Joel would prefer a single good canonical answer that duplicate questions can ...
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I want to know how duplicious a question is, and if it is the best example of such

Closing as dupe is one of the harder things high-rep users and moderators do. It involves a lot of judgement in order to be done right. We have to determine how close of a duplicate a question is. ...
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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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How do we get question “owners” to close their question as a duplicate? [duplicate]

I often see comments like: possible duplicate of XXXX May 27 '13 at 0:35 @abc Thanks, that's exactly what I was looking for. The question is then left with 1 close vote. When I review the ...
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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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What can we do about the influx of “Help! I can't ask questions!”?

Recently, Meta Stack Overflow and the other Stack Exchange meta sites have started to receive an influx of Sorry, we are no longer accepting questions from this account on Site XYZ, and we keep ...
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Don't automatically edit the post to insert “possible duplicate” links

When a question is closed as a duplicate, its body is edited to auto-insert the link to that duplicate. I think there are a couple problems with that: If the question is reopened, the auto-generated ...
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Should dupehammer wielders use their powers to wipe obviously incorrect close-as-duplicate votes?

Occasionally, a user will cast a close-as-duplicate vote that's clearly incorrect. If that vote closes the question as duplicate, a gold tag badge user in a tag for the question ("dupehammer user") ...
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What is an exact duplicate?

Lately, I've been seeing some pretty liberal definitions of "exact duplicate" in some people closing SO questions. If I recall correctly, Jeff had intended to make it so that there were loose rules ...
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Is there somehow a way to find the questions which are the most referred to when closing duplicates?

Duplicated questions are a thing we want to avoid on these sites. However, it will happen anyway, this is why we get the "exact duplicate" close reason. There are some questions which are coming back ...
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Are there guidelines on direction for merging questions (which question to close/merge?)

Given two duplicate questions, are there any guidelines on how moderators determine which question is closed/merged, and which question will remain open, or is it up to the moderator to decide on a ...
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Improve “Close as exact duplicate”

The UI to close a question as an exact duplicate is quite hard to use. Due to the sheer number of duplicates, closing questions is a common activity. The UI should not impede this unnecessarily (...
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Add Link to questions in the revision note for duplicate question changes

When the duplicate list is edited currently the revision history just lists the post IDs of the duplicate list before and after the change: Can those post IDs be actual links to those questions? ...
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Duplicate Close dialog misleading when given an off-site URL

I found a user had posted the same question question on both SU and SO. I voted to close as a duplicate on SO, and pasted in the SU link. It brought up the SO question with the same question number ...
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Askers should be able to close their own question as a duplicate [duplicate]

Okay, take this question: https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/questions/5048/which-programming-language-feature-would-you-eliminate-and-why I found out that there was essentially a ...
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Please Provide a “Table of Duplicates”

When a question is closed as a duplicate, links to the "proposed duplicate" questions are added to it. I'd like to see a sort of index, or table of these duplicates. For each proposed duplicate ...
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Closed questions shouldn't be allowed to be “Possible Duplicates”

Occasionally (frequently?) I see a question that is closed as a duplicate. Since it's new to me, and I don't know what the original answer was, I follow the link... ...only to find out that that ...
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How can Stack Overflow discourage duplicate questions?

Ok, so questions and suggestions about duplicate questions are pretty common, often being duplicates themselves. My question is really more about how Stack Overflow could change in order to ...
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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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Should there be a reputation cost for duplicate questions?

Duplicate questions are a drain on the trilogy community -- not necessarily a big drain, but a drain. Either you have to be a duplicate cop, or you find yourself answering a question only to have it ...
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Duo of buddies can circumvent duplicate closures under the new rule requiring an answer

There are two fellows asking questions in objective-c who have indicated (10k-only link) that they're friends who are working together: They have several pairs of questions which are the same problem....
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What decides what to prepend the duplicate question list with on a duplicate question?

On duplicate questions, I often see different headings for the duplicate question list. These include: Possible Duplicate: [duplicate question list] and This question already has an answer ...
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What if the duplicate is better than the original? [duplicate]

This question got closed as duplicate of this question. The later question is both better worded (also has more votes) and better answers (more votes, and a workaround that's not in the original.) ...
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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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What is the difference between exact duplicate and just duplicate?

The questions Why does Meta Stack Exchange have privileges that don't have any effect? and Meta Meta Privilege were both marked as duplicates. However, one of them has a different "marked as ...
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Show us detailed close vote count for migrations / duplicates, after voting [duplicate]

When you open the close dialog after having voted yourself, you get the same dialog as normal, but without the radio buttons. You can see the vote counts on the different categories. However, you can'...
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Why are some duplicate questions not closed despite my flags being marked helpful?

I have flagged many questions on Stack Overflow as duplicate and the flags are dismissed as helpful by a moderator, but the questions are not closed. One example is a question regarding Android ...
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I've found a lot of duplicates of the same question. How can I merge them all?

I've noticed that the question of whether or not it's possible to switch the browser to fullscreen using JavaScript has appeared on Stack Overflow many, many times, and I'm not sure how all of these ...
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Creating generalized questions for trivial errors in order to be able to close as duplicate

Many of the low quality questions on Stack Overflow involve simply posting code and when in luck stating the exact error people are getting. A simple search for error messages highlights this problem....
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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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Keep record of duplicates [duplicate]

Once upon a time when question was closed as a duplicate, the message containing the other question details was injected to the closed post itself and was integral part of it that appeared in its ...
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Remove votes to close question X as a duplicate of Y if question Y is closed as a duplicate of X [duplicate]

I just happened across this question (let's call it question A), which has one close vote suggesting that it be closed as an exact duplicate of this question (which I'll call B). This suggestion is ...
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The “dupe link” edit by Community interferes with suggested edits [closed]

(Or maybe the suggested edits interfere with the dupe link, I guess that also works.) This is something I've seen happening a couple times, such as here. When an edit is suggested before, and ...
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Should a question about the design of C# be closed as a duplicate of a Java question just because the answer is the same? [closed]

Why return type of a function is not considered in polymorphism? has been closed as a duplicate of a Java question. The tagging on the question is all that makes it clear that it is a C# question, ...
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upvoting duplicate questions

Is upvoting duplicate questions really following the guidelines of the all mighty alt text? The question shows research effort; it is useful and clear I raise this question after recently ...
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Easier to close questions as a duplicate?

I find that closing a question as a duplicate is very cumbersome. For instance, if I already found a duplicate, I have the URL. I don't have the question ID or title directly. So instead of doing ...
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More aggressive duplicate prevention for new users

As Gaming grows, we're seeing a big increase in duplicate questions from new users. This puts us in a bind, because while we certainly want to close the duplicates, doing so can have a negative ...
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“Please ask a new question” encourages question repetition for duplicates [duplicate]

I just had a case of a user who re-posted his question because his first question was closed as a duplicate. And, logically, I closed his re-post as a duplicate of his original, asking him to edit his ...
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Flag usability - change 'it doesn't belong here' to 'it should be closed'

As a relatively new user, it has taken me multiple attempts and several mis-steps to locate the 'report a duplicate' function for the Stack Overflow site. Currently it is located under: flag -> it ...
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How to handle a deliberate duplicate question

I got this question in review. First sentence is: I know there is a same question, but no answers. And indeed the two questions are virtually identical. I started to flag as duplicate - but the ...
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Error modal underlaps duplicate finder when attempting to add a second duplicate to a question

Steps to reproduce: Edit a duplicate question and attempt to add the same question as a second duplicate. Expected behavior: I should see an error telling me I can't add a question as a duplicate ...