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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Can we bring ancient duplicates up to date?

In the past, before we had the current closure notes the community user edited in the possible duplicates inside the text of the question, once the question got closed. See for example here. Today ...
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Order of duplicates is reversed in iOS app [duplicate]

Users with gold tag badges can close a question as a duplicate of multiple other questions. When they do so they can also set the order that the duplicate displays in. I recently closed a question and ...
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Why do I sometimes see the same question multiple times when searching in the iOS app? [duplicate]

Sometimes I see exactly the same question come up twice, and an example of this is shown below: The questions shown might look different, but tapping on them brings me to exactly the same page, ...
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Question can't be duplicate of unclear question [duplicate]

If a question A is closed as unclear, it means that it is unknown what the asker meant. (Otherwise the question would have been edited rather than closed.) If some question B is unclear (also if it's ...
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Not Satisfied with Existing Question&Answer but want to avoid duplicate label. Advice? [duplicate]

This scenario has happened several times (ex. my last Stack Overflow question): I have a question. I search and find a similar (or even nigh identical) question which has been answered, often with ...
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Body of question includes “automatically inserted text” saying that it is a duplicate—what's going on?

Look at this question. It is closed as a duplicate. Editing the question body, one sees this markdown code at the top, added in 2012 by Community: > **Possible Duplicate:** > [Per-site meta ...
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Should cross-site duplicate flagging be allowed? [duplicate]

For a long time, Stack Overflow (and all of Stack Exchange) has banned question duplicates, one of the major flags. This has removed clutter from the sites of the same or very similar questions. ...
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How should I recommend a different duplicate target?

When I encountered this question I recommended closing it as a duplicate of this post, but I soon noticed that the question was not quite similar enough, and none of the answers really answer it. ...
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If a different question contains the correct answer, should the question be marked as a duplicate? [duplicate]

The situation I am referring to is this recent question on the Worldbuilding Stack Exchange. The situation is as follows: Question A is created with a certain question. Question B is an older, ...
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What could be the reason for duplicating an existing question?

This question was asked today on Parenting. It immediately rang a bell when I read it so I went for search which returned a result very quickly: this question. As you can see, except for very minimal ...
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Asking a question that *must* have been asked before but I can't find

I have a question I'd like to pose on the Stack Overflow site, but I'm sure it's been asked before - I've not seen it before, but it's so fundamentally useful to the specific thing I'm doing (that ...
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Closing a question with multiple duplicates

Is it possible for a single user to cast a duplicate close vote on a question with more than one duplicate? Sometimes, more than one question seems like a good candidate for a duplicate close vote. ...
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How to handle repeated questions

I answered a question on Stack Overflow, but the question was repetitive (the same question was asked three times in total) and after my answer was accepted the question is closed because "This ...
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Allow unique titles of automatically deleted duplicate questions to remain as signposts for searchability even after the questions are gone

This is a synthesis of two feature requests, one quite recent and the other quite old: Request: Don't delete duplicate questions and please think twice before downvoting them Can we have the ability ...
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Request: Don't delete duplicate questions with unique titles and please think twice before downvoting them

Judging by the score, it seems a sizable number of users appear to disagree with the request. The downvotes don't bother me, they don't, but I would like to be sure that everyone is on the same page ...
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Don't hide the link to the duplicate target so well

This is a screenshot of one of my old posts here on MSE that was closed as a duplicate. The height of the visible area is exactly what is visible in a maximized browser on my current screen. I'm ...
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Could we be a little less eager with the duplicate votes to close?

It was pointed out to me it was unfair to single out folks with dupe-hammers for this. It was a poor choice of words, on my part. The core of the post is still something I feel needs addressing, so I ...
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Should meta requests be closed as duplicates of announcements if the same thing is requested in an answer to the announcement?

Whenever a new feature is announced by the SE team, it's typical for people to report bugs and request features by posting answers to the announcement. However, it often happens that some people who ...
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What is the harm of an “overlapping” question? (usually closed as a duplicate)

I often see questions marked as duplicates because they "overlap" another question. Usually, the correct answer is a part of an accepted answer on another question. Why wouldn't we want to allow the ...
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Augment search with a duplicate-target keyword or similar

Often when I search for the duplicate when voting to close as duplicate, the duplicate target I search for has been used as duplicate before. So one way to search for dupe-targets (or maybe reverse-...
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This question has an open bounty and can't be closed - duplicate? [duplicate]

I put a bounty on this question, because there wasn't any obvious solution. However, recently I found a similar question. But I can't mark it as a duplicate since I put on the bounty. What should I do?...
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How about an option to choose that your question is a duplicate even if it doesn’t have an answer? [duplicate]

A question closed as a duplicate normally displays a message stating that it already has an answer elsewhere. Apparently, though, on Meta sites where questions can be closed even if the existing ...
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Discrepancy in duplicate messages, including the inability to edit the duplicate list [duplicate]

I had always seen questions that are closed as duplicates with the following message at the top of the post: This question already has an answer here: [link to existing question] X answers Here is a ...
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Answering duplicates

I've seen users of various Stack Exchange sites marking a question as duplicate and even closing it. But new users may be unaware that their question already exists and also has an answer. If it were ...
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Can (and should) duplicate questions be automatically deleted? [duplicate]

Yesterday a question of mine on EL&U, Is “shipping” today's equivalent of “matchmaking”? [duplicate], which had been closed as a duplicate, was deleted automatically by the system. deleted by ...
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Cannot vote to close a question as a duplicate because it would lead to a circle, except it wouldn't

I'm trying to vote to close this question as a duplicate of this one. The former question had just been asked 20 minutes ago, whereas the latter one was closed as a duplicate back in 2010 and hasn't ...
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What exactly “duplicate comments” will be upvoted if I cast a subsequent dupe vote?

This is not a duplicate of Autocomment when voting to close as duplicate as that simply indicates that the feature exists. This is a "how" question asking how this feature actually works, which that ...
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Autocomplete for @ reply to the person who marked a question as a duplicate [duplicate]

When commenting on a comment below a question, I can use the @, and the first letter of the person I want reply to, and get a little pop-up with their display name in it. If I use that, the person ...
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Duplicate question answers no longer work/apply, new user cannot assign bounty to duplicate [duplicate]

On WebApps the question How to reference a cell while keeping its color formatting? references an older question Cell reference with colour formatting (duplicate), and the OP remarks the answer seems ...
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No (convenient) way to change targets order for duplicate on touch screen devices

If you’re a mod or have a gold-tag-badge you can close questions as duplicates of others and modify the list of such targets by clicking “edit” link under the list of target questions. On platforms ...
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Find question closed as duplicates of multiple targets

Currently you can search for questions closed as duplicate by using a search option duplicate:1. What if to interpret this number as a number of origins? 0 and 1 are already working as expected, 2 ...
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Custom ordering of duplicate targets is not necessarily honored on mobile apps

The order of duplicates is different between apps and web. E.g.: iOS App Version: 1.6.6.2 Device: Unknown (iPad7,3) OS Version: Version 12.2 (Build 16E227) Android App Version: 1.0.95 ...
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Merge manual and automated “possible duplicate” comments

The question Merge 'possible duplicate' comments and votes has status “by design” that manually created “possible duplicate” comments are not merged with automatically generated comments. ...
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Why does adding a duplicate bump a question if marking it as a duplicate in the first place doesn't?

I recently added questions to the list of duplicates on a couple of closed questions. To my surprise I then found those questions at the top of the homepage. This was surprising to me because closing ...
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Should Meta questions be duplicated to draw more attention to issues? [duplicate]

An assertion that "several users told you that having more questions about the same topic is actually better" caught my eye as a point for meta discussion. My response was a few comments below but ...
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Getting Duplicate Questions from Stack Exchange API

I want to use api.stackexchange.com to get duplicate questions. Scenario: I get a question from api.stackexchange.com using GET .../questions/{my_question_id}. In the next step I would like to get a ...
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Duplicate Question Close Reason No Longer Suggests an Edit

When a question was closed as a duplicate earlier today, I noticed that the close reason suggested that the user ask a new question: This seems to be a change from an earlier message, which also ...
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What is an appropriate way to indicate a previously asked question needs to be readdressed? [duplicate]

I'm about to use a specific example to highlight a general question I recently posted an answer to What to do with cross-site duplicates? That question was originally asked, and a best-answer chosen,...
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Why can I bypass the duplicate-closure-prevention-system on some questions but not others?

Regular users cannot close questions as duplicates if the original question is unanswered (as per Stack Exchange definition of answered, i.e. answered and upvoted). If they try to do so they receive ...
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How do you re-ask someone else's question when the existing answers do not work for you? [duplicate]

I have a problem with GitHub Pages, whereby a very simple site (in here) gives a 404 Not Found error. I have tried all eighteen (!) solutions suggested in the different answers to How to fix page 404 ...
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Post closed as duplicate, but there is a better original

My question was recently closed as a duplicate. The linked question does not actually contain an answer to my question, though. However, I found another question that contains a (better) answer to my ...
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Duplicate list on mobile site lacks formatting

When closing a question as a duplicate on the mobile version of the site, the lack of formatting of the list of similar questions is rather painful: (apologies for the image size and the lack of ...
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(Add an option to) include closed questions in SE Filtered Questions

Stack Exchange's Filtered Questions is a tool where users can see a list of 100 questions based on certain rules from multiple sites on the same page. However, closed questions are currently excluded ...
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Is it okay to ask intentionally dupe questions to help to find a real one? [duplicate]

Imagine a situation, that I've once read a question (and its answers) on a site. I would need the information again, so I try to find the question as I can (mainly, asking the search bar of the SE, ...
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Can we fix the inaccuracy in the Help Center's article on duplicates?

The Help Center article on duplicates contains the following statement: The original question must have an answer; you cannot mark a question as a duplicate of an unanswered one. While this is ...
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Why does one lose reputation for posting a duplicate? [duplicate]

I don't believe it is harmful to have the same questions written in different ways. Many times I search for a question but can't find it, only later to have someone share a question that is phrased ...
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The source of a duplicated question is already removed, what to do with the duplicated question? [duplicate]

Refer to this question here Vehicle Dynamics Problem: Cornering wheels must slide on the road, which has been closed because it is a duplicate of Does the angular momentum of the cornering/turning car ...
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No right border for input field when suggesting as duplicate [duplicate]

Right border of input field when suggesting closing a question as a duplicate isn't visible: Tested on Windows 7 for Firefox 64.0.2 and Chrome 71.0.3578.98
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Should bug-report/feature-request *questions* that duplicate Grab-bag *answers* be closed as duplicates?

Meta Stack Exchange is seeing a fair few of these "Grab bag" questions that announce a biggish change to the sites and then encourage bug-reports and feature-requests to be posted as answers to that ...
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How do posts get closed as duplicates vs exact duplicates? [duplicate]

I've come across some posts that said they were closed as exact duplicates, and some that were closed as duplicates. The first image is a duplicate question and the second one is an exact duplicate. ...

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