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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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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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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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What is an exact duplicate? [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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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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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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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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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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Close as exact duplicate + belongs on [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: The ability to link cross site duplicates Take a look to https://serverfault.com/questions/156639 and https://superuser.com/questions/142102 The first one is both a duplicate ...
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My question was marked as a duplicate, but the referenced question only has comments [duplicate]

Today I asked this question: https://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/189745/why-are-some-questions-closed-off-topic-or-not-constructive-years-after-they After I got 3 good answers and many comments, ...
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What if a question is an exact duplicate of the conjunction of two other questions

For example I recently saw a question about the meaning of strong, weak, retain, assign, atomic, and nonatomic in Objective-C @property declarations. There's no one existing question that covers all ...
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After the duplicate changes, we are no longer able to edit the “This question already has an answer here” box [duplicate]

As an example, take this question on Programmers. I suggested a possible related question and eventually 5 users closed it as an exact duplicate. I'm not sure if it is a duplicate, but that's not ...
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Is there a new automatic redirect for duplicate questions? [duplicate]

I feel like this has happened to me several times today, though this is the only example I have saved a link for. Recently, when I click on a question on a site's main page that's been marked [...
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Should we reword the closure text for duplicate questions?

On the Gaming.SE Meta, I asked this question regarding how the duplicate close reason text (for when a question is voted as a duplicate by the community) should be changed. From my post, here is what ...
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Where is the Meta post regarding the “duplicate” feature changes? [closed]

I can't find the feature request / bug report on Meta Stack Overflow that led to changes to the Mark As Duplicate system over the past few days. Could you point me to it, please? I would like to ...
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Clicking to load new edits doesn't load the new automated duplicate box

When someone has voted to close the question as a duplicate, then someone makes an edit to the question, the new automated duplicate box does not get loaded with the edit. If it was already there, it ...
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Duplicate dialog breaks when the identified duplicate is deleted

The story: Question posted on Programmers (let's call it Q1), Same question posted on Code Review (let's call it Q2), I migrate Q1 to Code Review, Someone notices that Q1 is a duplicate of Q2 and ...
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What's the incentive to flag duplicates?

I only say duplicates but I think this could be extended to several other flagging reasons. Since accepted answers/upvotes don't get reverted on questions I see people sometimes cut and paste the ...
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What should I do if my question is closed for “Exact duplicate”?

What if my question is not a exact duplicate, but people vote to close it without reading? Should I answer the pointed duplicate question with my question or what? It has 3 reopen votes, but what if ...
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Link previous questions to newer duplicates

Sometimes when there are duplicates, the newer question gets answers that are relevant and weren't mentioned in the first question. If merging is not suitable (for instance, a relevant answer would ...
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Why can we delete the duplicate link? [duplicate]

For example this question on meta.SE was closed as a duplicate. The OP, in his infinite wisdom, edited out the duplicate link! And then someone flagged it for moderator attention, and a moderator ...
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Group previously-selected master questions in duplicate questions dialog

When closing a post as an exact duplicate, there is a prompt to enter the question it is a duplicate of. If there have been other votes to close as a duplicate, you will see the posts those other ...
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Closing as Duplicate When the Answers are Duplicates

It seems there is some discussion going on at a particular question on SO regarding whether a new question is an exact duplicate of an older question. It seems that once a question reaches a certain ...
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Why are duplicates not being merged?

I see more and more exact duplicates on SO. Instead of being merged they are being simply closed. I think this is very big disservice to SO. Why don't moderators merge duplicates? Why don't owners of ...
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What's the policy on marking questions as duplicates?

I'm a bit confused really. I noticed if said question is similar to another, mind you I'm saying similar, people mark it as "Exact Duplicate". I'm confused, so I ask: in as much detail as humanly ...
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Using duplicates as answers on Meta?

I've noticed a pattern here on Meta (this is a meta-meta post!) Namely, people seem to like answering questions by marking them as a duplicate. For example, 'why didn't I get rep from these two ...
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Possible duplicate comment deletion is over-zealous [duplicate]

I've just had two comments on Subtract boolean from float in python deleted. One was the standard possible duplicate comment, which gets deleted when the post gets marked as a duplicate. The other ...
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What's the policy on closing unique questions with overlapping (but non-duplicate) answers?

Background There was a recent comment thread on this question where one of the moderators claimed that answers with overlap (note: not even exact duplicates, just "overlap") makes the question itself ...
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Search for SO questions by words in the title is failing (purpose: trying to find question before i ask a duplicate)

There's a question: Show all of my question/answers to me even if they are deleted/closed I happened to (inadvertently) ask a duplicate of it: How can I find my own deleted answers? My bug report is ...
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Does duplicate marking go away once original is deleted?

If a question is closed as duplicate of another, and later the original question itself is deleted, shouldn't the "[closed]" marking on duplicated question vanish? I think it does automatically as per ...
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You can vote to close two questions as duplicates of each other [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Prevent circular close as exact duplicate loop As I demonstrated with these two questions: https://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/61559/can-a-question-be-a-duplicate-of-a-...
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Should be [Closed as duplicate] questions redirect to what they are duplicate of?

I see there are many questions about duplicated QA threads on SO and others... Wouldn't be better to have system behavior like this? User comes to question which is closed as (exact) duplicate of X ...
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Down and duplicate votes on my questions as a new user seem like bullying [duplicate]

Lot of people have posted these kind of questions, but mine deals with another perspective of the same problem, so before you cry out duplicate! just hear me out. I'm a pretty new user on Stack ...
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Why are questions closed as duplicates if you could have never found them without knowing the answer?

This question on Stack Overflow was declared a duplicate, which is per the rules, but absurd. The simple reason is that an intelligent person who had never seen the obscure feature, could not ...
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Difficulty finding existing / duplicate questions

Note: I know that this topic has almost certainly been covered many times before, however, hopefully I'm raising some new points and suggestions (ironically I wasn't able to find many related ...
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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 ...
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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,...
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Are there any studies on the techniques used to find duplicates?

Are there any analytics collected when a user clicks "Close as a duplicate"? E.g.: how many search queries did s/he fire before pasting the exact dupe id? did s/he click on "Related" questions? how ...
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Merge answers but not question when closing as duplicate

It frequently happens across all SE sites that duplicate questions garner a few answers before they get closed. Sure there should be a policy about not answering dupes, but only the high rep users are ...
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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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Two Posts Enter, One Post Leaves. - Merging identical questions (probably) intentionally asked on two sites

So, yesterday these two questions got posted, one on English Language Learners and one on English Language and Usage: Someone who looks for problems and is not interested in solving an issue ...
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Duplicates of unanswered questions

A recent case of a question being marked as a duplicate of another still unanswered question pushed me to think about unanswered questions and questions that asks already asked things. I understand ...
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Change wording of “Exact Duplicate”? [duplicate]

I like the UI and the cleanliness of the Stack Exchange sites, but one thing that bugs me is the wording of the notification that something is a duplicate. I have had many questions closed because ...
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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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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's the hold-up on dealing with the duplicate question problem?

So, given the lack of progress on Give an incentive for finding duplicate questions or Huge close votes review queue on Stack Overflow, I decided to stop marking questions as duplicate and start ...
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Suggestion how to handle frequently asked questions?

It's not secret that most of the questions asked today at Stack Overflow were asked before. While there is a value of several duplicated questions, but there isn't a value if there're hundreds of ...
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official list of common questions/answers for dupes [closed]

If there isn't already one I just missed, can we start some kind of "official list" of common questions and answers? For example, this question has been asked a gazillion times [literally :)] but I ...
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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 ...
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Please streamline VTC-as dupe in the review queue

I am trying to be a good sport and work on the close queue. Some days I use up all my votes, most days I don't. I hate to be a whiner, but there is a ton of clicking to agree with a possible dupe: ...
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Subsequent duplicate close votes should automatically upvote the possible duplicate comment

When voting to close as a duplicate, an automatic comment is generated, that's good. But sometimes that comment is lost in the influx of other comments, not visible to viewers or sometimes the OP (...

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