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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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Clean up “marked as duplicate of deleted question”

There are questions which are closed as duplicate of deleted questions. People who stumbled upon these questions are most likely confused. "Oh, this is a duplicate of another question, let me check ...
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Specific questions that can't be closed as duplicates because duplicates now have to have an answer?

Now that this is live, we're especially interested in examples of things you'd like to close as dupe but can't now. (Quoting David Fullerton♦) With that said, this is still experimental -- if it's ...
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Filtering duplicates when asking questions

When I ask questions, I always look through the "Questions that may already have your answer" box to be sure that I'm not about to post a duplicate. I've started to work with different platforms and I ...
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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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Suggestion to make duplicate finding/closing easier: Add search box inside close dialog [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Duplicate Question Search Doesn’t Search Questions any more Sometimes you open a question and you just know that it has been asked many many times before. I click on "Close ...
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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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Answer stealers

Am I wrong when I get annoyed when I post an answer, someone else sees it, and posts the SAME answer with some minor textual changes. Then after the answer has been there for say, 20 hours, if he ...
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How can we make compiler design and developer testing first-class citizens on Stack Overflow?

For background, see this post on the Stack Overflow blog, and this post. Since it appears that no Area 51 proposal that can be covered by a tag on Stack Overflow is going to be allowed, I ...
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Vote to close or flag exact duplicates? Or both?

Which action(s) are appropriate for exact duplicates? Should I flag them, or vote close them, or both, or something else? I am trying to understand how to flag, which I never do. I read some other ...
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Does the new guidance on duplicate questions suggest closing a question as duplicate, if the original answers the OP's question?

In other words, should we now look at the content of the answers when we are evaluating questions for possible duplication? Is it sufficient to say "Your answer can be found in this question over ...
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Is it possible to mark my own question as duplicate of another?

I just realized one of my questions has a perfect duplicate, and I want to mark it as a duplicate and give the duplicate question link.
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Should we be closing bad questions as dupes of other bad questions?

Related: Re-posts of questions closed as OT or NARQ should also receive auto-downvote Scenario: A user (usually new user) posts two or more identical questions - both are clearly bad questions (NARQ,...
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Show “related” questions before question submission

The questions shown when asking a question are only based on the title, but it seems that the "related" sidebar, only shown after submission, often catches much more relevant questions. This isn't ...
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Add ability to flag answers as duplicates

While the etiquette of dealing with duplicate answers has been discussed, there hasn't been a great way to deal with these, "Uh, yeah, I said this, too" types of behavior than the almighty downvote. ...
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Auto “possible duplicate” comment should use trimmed title?

It is apparent that this has been brought up before, and fixed - so there shouldn't be any 'bad' titles; but evidently there are: As seen, the whitespace is still lurking around, breaking the neat ...
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Can't submit question, it's a dupe of a deleted question

I posted a question, and realised it had some major flaws. The flaws were such that I decided a ninja-edit would take too long, and so just deleted it. I now can't resubmit my corrected question, as ...
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Does the search function need improvement?

Often I notice that the search function seems a bit off. Don't get me wrong, I've found lots of great questions and answers. It just appears, to me, that it heavily leans towards getting questions ...
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Automatic “possible duplicate” message strips “http://” from duplicate title

I noticed something when this question was closed as a duplicate of this one: Is it valid to replace http:// with // in a <script src=“…”>? The "possible duplicate" ...
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Are questions closed as duplicates ever automatically deleted?

I would like to clarify something that I don't think is clear in the post on automatic post deletion rules. The first automatic delete rule kicks in at 9 days for closed questions: If the question ...
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Report or automatically fix problematic duplicate patterns

There are some patterns in a duplicate question network that indicate that something is wrong and that the duplicate links should be fixed: a question is closed as a duplicate of a deleted question 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 best way to prevent asking a duplicate questions [duplicate]

Yesterday I posted my first question here with a nice answer and some useful comments... And then it was rightfully closed as a duplicate. I felt a bit of a dumb ass not having found that earlier ...
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Dealing with endlessly repeated questions

This question regarding C character pointers is asked in slightly different forms every single day on SO under the [c] and/or [c++] tags. I normally vote to close as a dupe, but am beginning to lose ...
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How should answers that link to duplicate questions be handled?

Every now and again, I find someone has posted an answer to a new question that points to an older question that is an exact duplicate. In other words, the question is a duplicate, but the poster has ...
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Am I right to decline an offered bounty?

With reference to this question here I just found the answer to the OP's question using Google and it turned out to have been previously asked/answered on SO. Therefore I just commented with a link ...
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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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Highly voted question with great answer marked for deletion

I have a question that has many (60) upvotes and an incredible answer that has 70 up votes. It has been marked as a duplicate and has 3 deletion marks against it. What will happen to the question if ...
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Dupes of Dupes

I just came across a question that was closed a dupe, so I went to the original. It too was closed as a dupe of another question, so I went to that one. Fortunately, after a couple dupes, I finally ...
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Give askers a way to challenge a duplicate closure

When I read about Stack Overflow or the Stack Exchange network in various other places on the internet, a lot of it are complaints about the moderation. There is one specific complaint I see a lot, ...
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Can't mark a question as duplicate because user created multiple accounts

So we have a few questions on similar scenarios on meta, but generally the answer seems to have been 'mark as dupe'. In this case, a user has created multiple account sand asked the same question ...
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Is it too hard to locate duplicate questions?

I've had two questions closed now for being duplicate questions. In the first case, none of the words I used in my question showed up in the other question (they talked about "visiting the site each ...
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Possible duplicates added through multiple accounts

I ran across a question this morning that looked vaguely familiar so I did some searching and found, two other versions that are identical but are coming from different accounts: how can i use ...
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Close as exact duplicate in flag review

On the review/flags tab, "exact duplicate" flags include the URL but there's no option to close them as that URL in the Close dialog. Can we please have "same as flag" as an option, or put the flagger'...
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Practical approaches to obsolete answers

When this was last asked four years ago (How to deal with obsolete answers?) the gist of the responses was, "Trust the voting system: obsolete answers will be downvoted, and even if there is a marked ...
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Newsletters should not contain duplicate posts

I noticed that this week's MSO newsletter contains the same question twice. The script to generate these (assuming it is a script?) shouldn't do this.
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Why do so many of my carefully researched MSO questions turn out to be duplicates?

I seem to have a hard time finding good answers for my meta questions. I usually have an issue I'm curious about on SO, so I search MSO using appropriate keywords to see if there are any similar ...
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Why wasn't the possible exact duplicate of a question listed on closure of the question?

This question was rightly closed soon enough (before I could even cast my vote) - but upon refreshing to see it had in fact been closed, there was no link to the question specified as the original. I ...
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Duplicate close reason: Allow linking to duplicates on other sites

I thing an example would speak best of all: Just asked on Programmers (actually migrated from StackOverflow): Please remind me of a famous programming quote! There is a perfect duplicate: Great ...
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Two SO Questions, each marked as Duplicate of the other

This is a request for reopening, but under somewhat novel circumstances (probably never to be repeated). I'm asking for discussion because while researching a SciComp.SE Question, I stumbled upon a ...
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Add notification when your question is closed as a duplicate by a mod [duplicate]

There are already some feature-requests asking for a notification when your question gets closed, with which I wholly agree: Send authors an inbox message if their question gets closed Why did I not ...
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Add backtrack links to dupes from the original question [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Automatically track referenced questions Could a list of dupes linked to the current questions be added to the side like the related questions list? It would be similar to ...
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Duplicate notification while writing an answer

Currently we have a check while a user is writing an answer to notify him that someone else has answered. You can then refresh to see that answer, and if its better than yours, vote that up and skip ...
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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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list of duplicates: Subversion repository organization questions [closed]

There are a lot of questions on SO about Subversion repository organization. Perhaps some experts on the subject could go through these and identify some good candidates for the "canonical questions" ...
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Why didn't my name show up when I marked a question duplicate?

Earlier today, I marked a question on Stack Overflow as a duplicate. Then I waited about 5-10 minutes and it showed 5 people. However, my name wasn't included. I also remember that the question that ...
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Let moderators disable the dupehammer for certain tags

Recently it was announced that the new "weighted" close votes from tag badge holders will be going network-wide. I'd like to request that moderators have the ability to disable this for certain tags. ...
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Why do I get déjà vu reading StackOverflow questions? [closed]

I keep seeing a strange pattern. A user on StackOverflow will post a question that has been asked before, but will ask it in a slightly different way such that a close-with-exact-duplicate is not ...