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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Aggressively closing duplicate questions

It seems like people have become extremely aggressive in closing duplicate questions lately (often within a minute or two), and it seems like there's a downside to this... Is the loss of potential ...
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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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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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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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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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Will asking too many duplicate questions lead to a question ban?

I'm aware that if a number of a user's question are deleted or heavily down-voted it could cause a ban, but will simply asking too many duplicates alone get someone question banned? I'm also aware of ...
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“possible duplicate” comment should be re-added if it's been deleted

Background: when I saw this question, it had 2 votes to close as duplicate, but it didn't have the usual automatically-generated comment. What happened was that the first closer changed his mind and ...
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How can I avoid asking duplicate questions?

I always search to find whether my question is a duplicate or not before asking the question on Stack Overflow. But often I cannot find anything (maybe this is a language problem) and I ask my ...
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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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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" ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Circular duplicates in the close review queue? [duplicate]

I just got this error message: Fair enough; I wasn't really paying attention to the duplicate link at the top of the suggested duplicate, just at the contents. However, this question is in the close ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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See how many duplicates of a post?

Can I see how many duplicates there are of a post? I.e. how many posts have been labelled as duplicate because of this post? If so, how? And can I also get a list of these duplicated posts?
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How do we deal with octuplicate questions?

I just googled: "site:stackoverflow.com +axure" I got these answers: Web UI prototyping tools What is the best web prototyping tool? What tools are available for designing Web UI? What are you ...
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What are efficient ways to find duplicates on trilogy sites?

Too many times I just know something's a dupe but can't for the life of me find the original question that is duplicated. I search the sites from Google to find things, but in coming up short there I ...
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'Possible duplicate' comment not appearing for questions with deleted comments containing the link

I posted a comment to a duplicate question on that post. But I decided to delete it. Afterwards I voted as duplicate and thought a comment would be generated like possible duplicate of ... But it ...
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Why are there two separate boxes about duplicate questions?

There is one box at the top with links to the duplicates, and one box under the question, starting with "marked as duplicate by ...". Actually I have never seen the links before today - I have totally ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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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“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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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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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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Better duplicate closing on the iOS app

Currently, flagging or voting to close as a duplicate on the iOS app gives you a simple text input to paste a question URL or ID. No duplicate suggestions, no search, nothing but a text input. I know ...
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Duplicates of an outdated question

If a new question addresses the same issue that another question does, but the answers to the original question is sufficiently outdated, should the new question still be closed as a duplicate?
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Nearly duplicate questions

There are cases where an existing question overlaps almost perfectly with my needs, but it still does not satisfy my requirements. What is the best course of action? ask a new question, referencing ...
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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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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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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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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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Does voting to close as duplicate erase earlier comments? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Closing as duplicate removes links that point to other duplicates Are broken duplicate question links automatically cleaned up? The first comment on the following question ...
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Is it OK to ask a duplicate question on purpose?

Is it OK to ask a duplicate question simply for the purpose of linking your exact question to an identical, yet differently worded question? For example, I want to know why, in bash, the EOF tactic/...
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When closing, don't show closed questions as original

When a question gets closed as an exact duplicate, I often see that the original, which the question gets closed as a duplicate of, is itself closed. This is not very nice behaviour. My proposal is ...

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