Stack Exchange Network

Stack Exchange network consists of 175 Q&A communities including Stack Overflow, the largest, most trusted online community for developers to learn, share their knowledge, and build their careers.

Visit Stack Exchange

Questions tagged [duplicate-questions]

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

774
votes
25answers
8k views

Give an incentive for finding duplicate questions [duplicate]

At present if you see a question that may be a duplicate and has an easy answer you can post the answers or post a link to the duplicate question. (Or the few hi-rep users can vote to close it as ...
387
votes
13answers
6k views

Reward finding duplicate questions - +10, +2, -5

This Meta question: Give an incentive for finding duplicate questions deals with various ways of rewarding the finding of duplicates, a tough and increasingly necessary janitorial task. Here's a ...
343
votes
12answers
5k views

New UI encourages askers to confirm or dispute duplicate votes

As of the 9th of March, the banner shown to askers whose questions have attracted at least one duplicate close vote has a couple of new options: If the author clicks the first button, they're shown a ...
318
votes
10answers
4k views

Gold tag-badge holders and moderators can now edit duplicate links

As of a few minutes ago, if you have a gold tag-badge for a tag associated with a question that's been closed as a duplicate, you can edit the duplicate links to replace, add, remove or re-arrange ...
241
votes
1answer
23k views

How should duplicate questions be handled?

What should I do when I see a question that is a duplicate of another one? Should I answer it? Should I downvote it? Should I comment? Should I edit the question to indicate it's a duplicate? If I ...
232
votes
11answers
3k views

How about making it possible to set up bounty on someone else's question?

My sad story: few months ago I was looking for a solution to my problem and was about to ask a question on Stack Overflow when I found an already existing question with slightly different wording. ...
181
votes
8answers
2k views

Can we clarify to the OP that their question is not yet closed and the duplicates are only suggestions?

I keep seeing custom flags in the queue from question askers who are incredibly irritated because there is a big, prominent box at the top of their question. It's just a list of other questions which ...
167
votes
12answers
2k views

We should be able to close questions as duplicates of any question

Today, the behavior of duplicate close votes was changed so that a question can only be a duplicate close vote target if it has an upvoted or accepted answer. I think that this change is not a good ...
133
votes
2answers
12k views

Where on earth is the “mark duplicate” UI?

I have heard tales of fabled user interface elements that can be used to mark questions as duplicates, or vote for questions to be duped by others. After scouring the question page, this UI is either ...
131
votes
5answers
1k views

Don't delete comments with link to duplicate if they are modified

A user just posted his question a second time here on meta after the first was closed as a duplicate. I wrote a comment on the second post, explaining that the answer to his question is in the linked ...
123
votes
3answers
924 views

Can we make the title of duplicate questions say “duplicate”?

I love that posts closed as Off Topic and migrated to another site now say [migrated]. Can we do this for a [duplicate] as well? The distinction between a question closed as duplicate and one that ...
117
votes
7answers
1k views

Capitalize “possible” in the automatically inserted comments when you vote to close as a dupe

The comment reads: possible duplicate of [link] The missing capitalization bothers me a lot; it should be Possible.
94
votes
3answers
7k views

Someone flagged my question as already answered, but it's not

I asked this question regarding a very specific feature of Tiles (wildcarding) and whether or not it works with Spring Webflow. Within hours someone had marked it with "This question may already have ...
92
votes
6answers
2k views

What to do with cross-site duplicates?

What's the right course of action for cross-site duplicates? There are two flavors: A question is posted which belongs on another site and ends up already having been asked there. I can't find an ...
91
votes
4answers
1k views

Please remind me when I am wielding the dupe hammer

We've already had people ask if they can decline the ability that comes with a gold tag badge to insta-close-as-dupe questions in their tags. I did this by accident today myself. On reflection, I ...
88
votes
7answers
1k views

Automatic insertion of dupe-banner after just one close vote is vulnerable to abuse

I see that the "close as duplicate" feature continues to undergo changes. Unfortunately, I must report negatively on this newest one. This time, it's that a banner is added to a question as soon as ...
86
votes
13answers
8k views

Are duplicates creating broken windows?

I think the Eternal September is dooming Stack Overflow to have the same questions asked over and over again, and the people who don't want questions closed are winning. Why don't people want ...
75
votes
0answers
400 views

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 ...
73
votes
4answers
13k views

Should I vote to close a duplicate question, even though it's much newer, and has more up to date answers?

I have seen this many times, a question is being asked because a previous, duplicate question was asked and answered a few years ago and has no longer relevant answers. The recommendation is to edit ...
72
votes
1answer
848 views

Too many Shogs when viewing the close reason in the iOS app

This question appears to have been closed by three Shogs: Does this happen when a mod closes a question as a dupe of multiple questions? App Version: 1.6.3 (TestFlight) Device: iPhone 6 OS ...
71
votes
3answers
733 views

Withdraw questions with no useful answers from Google index

(Turning this answer into a feature request.) Stack Overflow is a repository of great and not-so-great answers. Three major causes for the not-so-great is misleading question titles, outdated answers,...
70
votes
3answers
607 views

Grant the OP a binding close as duplicate vote [duplicate]

Since the changes to the close as duplicate mechanism it is a lot more visible to the OP that there is/might be a duplicate to their question. Empirically, I've noticed a lot more people agreeing, in ...
70
votes
1answer
634 views

Auto-generate the “possible duplicate” comment when question is flagged as a duplicate

When someone votes to close a question as a duplicate, they provide a link to the potential duplicate and the system auto-generated a "possible duplicate of ..." comment. Users who can't yet vote to ...
66
votes
4answers
430 views

Award accepted answer reputation for finding duplicates verified by OP

Consider the following theoretical situation: New user asks a question: Why does my program process a sorted array faster than an unsorted array? I see this question, I can: Vote to close as ...
66
votes
5answers
480 views

Help us find duplicates efficiently

I have recently started using a new device and I am discovering Just how immensely helpful the various browser caches are on my earlier device for locating duplicates just how erm, poor the Closing->...
64
votes
25answers
10k views

What is the most rampant duplicate on Stack Exchange sites?

Strongly related: How do we deal with octuplicate questions? This is not a question about how to deal with duplicates, it's a simple "meta" question: What is the most rampant duplicate on Stack ...
64
votes
6answers
952 views

Show duplicate suggestions as answers

Turning @Shog9's original idea into a feature request: The way duplicates are handled should be revamped. When a 3k+ user votes to close a question as a duplicate, instead of a "possible duplicate" ...
64
votes
2answers
1k views

Project Reduplication of Deduplication Has Begun!

While announcing the second iteration of the Stack Exchange quality project, I not-so-briefly alluded to a collaboration we're kicking off with the University Of Melbourne. The project presents some ...
63
votes
4answers
950 views

Is it my responsibility to search for duplicates & vote to close before answering?

I obtained the "vote to close" privilege this week, and today after providing a very quick and correct answer I received a downvote (among several upvotes) for answering what others determined to be a ...
63
votes
4answers
755 views

Allow high rep users to migrate answers from one question to another

I'm adding this feature request to have high-rep users (15k?) to be able to migrate answers from one question to another, so that questions for duplicate answers can be consolidated. Of course, there ...
63
votes
1answer
677 views

Meta duplicates don't require an answer. Don't suggest there is one when that's not true

This request was sparked by this particular question. The vote to close as a duplicate on meta, in contrast to the main site, does not require for the duplicate to have an answer. Yet, the closure ...
61
votes
9answers
2k views

How should we deal with duplicate answers?

Duplicate questions are "solved" — it's clear what to do with them, there're tools to deal with them... but what happens when two users post the same answer? This happens a fair bit, ...
60
votes
7answers
1k views

The Wikipedia of Long Tail Programming Questions

So I have just read the newest blog entry and it seems to be addressing something I had brought up here before, namely a way to deal with the constant stream of duplicated questions. It's interesting, ...
60
votes
5answers
712 views

“Duplicate of…[deleted post]”

Some questions are getting closed as duplicates - good, the system is working. Unfortunately, some are getting closed as duplicates of other questions which are already deleted. This leaves all 1-9,...
59
votes
8answers
5k views

How aggressively should we maintain and improve very popular questions?

I was discussing this question on team chat: How do I perform an IF...THEN in an SQL SELECT? This question is a high value asset on Stack Overflow, it already has 150k views, 120+ total votes ...
59
votes
11answers
1k views

What is with people who answer questions that are known to be dupes?

When a dupe is posted, someone usually posts a comment to that effect within minutes. That comment usually gets at least a couple of upvotes while the question is still on the front page. If it's a ...
59
votes
2answers
660 views

Improve tools for closing as duplicate

When closing a question as a duplicate, the goal obviously is to find not just some identical question, but the one that has the best answer. The search process doesn't support that goal perfectly ...
57
votes
5answers
666 views

What should you do when your exact question has already been asked, but badly?

Consider this suggested edit to this question. The question regards a particular error seen when attempting to embed youtube videos for iOS. At time of writing, there are no answers. The edit is a ...
55
votes
1answer
500 views

Improve UI flow for “close as duplicate”

At the moment, to agree with a "possible duplicate" suggestion, one has to See the "possible duplicate" comment in the first place - sometimes difficult if there's a lot of other comments Click "...
53
votes
1answer
497 views

Create CW answer for every “Vote to close as duplicate” vote

Shog once suggested an better way of dealing with duplicate votes by making each suggested duplicate an answer that could be voted on. Let's do it! One of the biggest advantages of that idea is ...
53
votes
1answer
445 views

Allow Trusted Users to modify Closed As Duplicate link

There is a problem with duplicates not being handled well on the site over time as outlined here. Sometimes the chain leading to the best canonical question is too long, sometimes it doesn't even ...
52
votes
2answers
1k views

Flag Answer, duplicate

When flagging an answer there doesn't seem to be an option for duplicates. Is there an etiquette for this, or nothing in place? If there is nothing in place can I suggest a flag as duplicate option. ...
52
votes
1answer
342 views

Delete vote alert is not very helpful. Can we please have something better?

I tried to delete a question recently. I get this alert box that asks me whether I'm sure that I want to vote to delete. That's fine, there's no need for something better. But then I get this: How ...
50
votes
3answers
404 views

Add an alert when answering a question that has at least a close vote as duplicate

I have one feature-request with the objective of having duplicate questions with no answers: To (try to) avoid people answering duplicate questions, add an alert that says the question has a probable ...
49
votes
3answers
704 views

Link to duplicate answer in 'marked as duplicate' section

Using your typical duplicate answer as a reference: I think that the "has an answer" text of the duplicate section should either be linked to the duplicate answer. Or, if that's untenable, clicking ...
48
votes
3answers
2k views

Changes to “close as duplicate” (part deux)

I feel like we got off on the wrong foot. Due to me being an idiot miscommunication, a partial change snuck out early, and even though we announced it we didn't really explain why we made the change. ...
47
votes
1answer
416 views

Does the change in “Exact Duplicate” wording imply a shift in policy?

In the past, when we closed a question as a duplicate of another, it had to be: An exact duplicate, in the sense that it should be nearly identical to the original question, and Only the question (...
46
votes
4answers
511 views

Can we automate detection of cross-posting?

How difficult would it be to detect cross-posts when the relevant questions have identical titles and content, and are posted by the same user? As an example: Original, posted on SO Following day, ...
46
votes
4answers
1k views

What can we do for new users who want to ask a question that's already been asked, but hasn't yet got an acceptable answer? [duplicate]

I've mentioned this several times, but only in answers to other questions or comments. What can we do to help new users who come to the site with a problem but find a question already exists, but it ...
45
votes
1answer
237 views

“Duplicate of” banner and link to duplicate removed when a post has reopen votes

Not sure if feature or bug: () No. No no no no no no. Now I have a closed duplicate with no link to the duplicate. That is amazingly bad because: What if I want answers? Well...I know this is a ...