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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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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Accepting a duplicate answer etiquette

I've just answered this question about copying arrays in Java. Approximately half an hour later someone else piped up with what was essentially a complete clone of my answer even down to formatting ...
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Can I please select a current duplicate when closing a question?

I've read somewhere that it's to prevent lazy users selecting that one and not checking if it is actually a dupe. I don't buy that one bit. Isn't the system supposed to trust us? Why hinder the ...
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The input field is too big when closing question as duplicate

This happens in Firefox 3.0.10 Ubuntu. Screenshot: http://img2.pict.com/12/e3/e4/1548211/0/800/q.png
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When are dupes not dupes? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Asking similar questions - process? It's a pretty simple question actually, should duplicate questions be allowed if the original question did not get an accepted answer? ...
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Any exceptions in duplicating questions? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Asking similar questions - process? Again a possible duplicate. ;) Lets say I have a question and I want to ask it in SO. I see a duplicate but I cannot find a successful ...
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“Exact duplicate” lookup on Blur

Can you trigger the look-up when the textfield's blur event is raised? Often times I'll copy/paste the id of the duplicate question, and then click off of the textbox...and nothing happens. I then ...
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False positives when using a community to catch duplicates

I've run into issues a few times where I've wanted to ask a question but basically can't ask it because it gets marked as a duplicate, even though there are legitimate reasons to ask the question. ...
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The ability to link cross-site duplicates

Jeff seems in favor of cross-site duplicates. Some questions might be asked on three different sites, each site needing three different answers. For example, a question about a text editor. So ...
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Why won't you close a question I asked and later flagged for moderator attention as a duplicate

I asked this question on superuser, and Lee referenced similar question on serverfault in his answer. I then marked the question for moderator attention and noted it should be closed as a duplicate. ...
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Please define “Duplicate.” I think we're a bit unclear here

I'm convinced that we have no clear understanding of "duplicate" here. I recently had a question here closed because I asked for the "closed by" message to not credit votes to those who did not cast ...
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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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When merging questions, leave the duplicate one as a placeholder

It's been stated previously that duplicates have their uses. They sometimes indicate that a particular question couldn't be found with however the user searched for it. Now while merging is often ...
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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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Double posts: close the older or newer one? [duplicate]

I sometimes come across double posts (the exact same question, same user, posted within a short time). An example is this: first, second, posted with a minute or two between them. My reaction was to ...
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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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When is a duplicate question not a duplicate?

I thought that this question C# newbie List question was a duplicate (sorry, as a noob meta user I can only post one link, please follow my comment on that question), but other folks don't seem to ...
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Alert when closing as a dupe favoring a younger question

One of my questions was marked as a duplicate today by somebody - rightfully so, too; it was. The only thing is I asked my question in mid-July, and the duplicate was asked today. Should there be ...
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Ease selection of the master question in the duplicate question closing window

The current manner of selecting the candidate among the list is to retype the title or go see the candidate's id and type it. Why not just click to select it? I don't suggest removing the link, which ...
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Force a search before asking question?

I've noticed quite a few questions coming in on META that are definitely duplicates of other posts. To the point where I think the titles may have even been almost the same verbatim (ok, a tad bit of ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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Asking similar questions - process?

I would like to ask a question on SO. However, a search reveals that a similar question has been asked, and I feel my question would get marked as a duplicate. The similar question has few answers - ...
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How should we be handling endless variations of the same question?

Two of the tags that I have set to "interesting" on stackoverflow are "perl" and "apache". I have a feeling that it won't be long until I remove the apache tag from that list because 98% of questions ...
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Add separate field for duplicate questions

There should be a little textbox like the tags textbox which allows users to keep a list of duplicate questions, e.g.: 3423 23423 2232 This would be cleaning than posting the links in comments and ...
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Are similar questions allowed on two sites? [duplicate]

Are questions which are basically the same sites allowed on on two Stack Exchange sites? For example take a look at these two questions from Server Fault and Super User. Server Fault What is the ...
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Is there a record of merged questions?

I have asked a total of two questions on meta.stackoverflow, yet under my profile it shows zero questions. One of those questions got around 8 up votes and I still have my reputation from them, this ...
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Improve Flagging Options

For folks who do not have the ability to vote to close questions for specific reasons, you are left with few options. You can add a comment with a link to the duplicate, but if you review the flag ...
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Why don't some results appear when searching by 'search-term'?

Recently, I asked this in SO, then in a comment I got pointed to this question, which is basically the same. The issue here is that I searched for the term 'size_t' looking for something relative ...
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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 ...
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handling repeated questions

re: repeated questions I think repeated questions may be handled in a slightly better way. Currently usually what happens is a link is posted to the duplicate question, and the new question is ...
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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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At what point does a question become a duplicate? [duplicate]

I just saw this question asked on SO: Does try/finally ignore exceptions? It's really similar to, or duplicate of: In C# will the Finally block be executed in a try, catch, finally if an unhandled ...
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Why didn't my meta question show associated question?

Okay, this is getting really meta here, as this is a meta question about a question about meta, but bear with me... I just asked this question; it was closed as a dupe of this question. No problem ...
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Prevent upvotes for duplicates, or carry upvotes to master question

Questions that are duplicates and triplicates are still asked, even though the automatic "Related Questions" list that appears must be showing them! These re-asked questions still get upvotes even ...
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Should you gain rep for asking a duplicate question?

This is a two in one question: Should the asker of a duplicate question gain reputation for asking the duplicate question? Should the answerers of duplicate questions gain reputation for answering ...
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How can we solve the “freshest questions get looked at only” problem?

There is an observable usage pattern with StackOverflow that people monitor the newest questions and answer only them. So after the initial flurry there is very little activity on a question. ...
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Choose the same question as others suggested when closing question as dup

When closing a question as duplicate, currently you can view what other people suggested as a duplicate. But when you cast your own vote, you still have to manually enter in the question ID or search ...
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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. ...
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Allow same user to add multiple links as possible duplicates

When searching for duplicates of a question often multiple ones turn up, but when voting to close only one of them can be specified. It would be useful to be able to add more than one duplicate link ...
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Show possible duplicates in the main post before it's closed

At the moment links to possible duplicates are inserted in the question text once a question is closed. It would be better to insert the links right away as soon as someone votes for it as a duplicate....
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Closing an earlier post as a duplicate of a later one [duplicate]

Suppose there are two questions that are very obviously duplicates of one another. The one that came first has maybe a few votes and no answers. The second has double the votes of the first and ...
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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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Linking to an answer in an answer for a dupe

If a question is a duplicate, it's going to be closed. What should be done with answers to it that just link to another answer by the same person? This seems redundant. I wanna ask you how you behave ...
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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, ...
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Duplicate question etiquette: to delete or not to delete? [duplicate]

Let's say I'm a good Stack Overflow citizen: I have a question, I search on SO and on google to see if someone's asked the same thing, and I can't find anything that shows up, so I go ahead and post a ...
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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 ...
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Reposting subjective questions as community wiki

After this question was closed Bill K suggested reposting the question as community wiki, as there seemed to be a lot of people interested in the topic. If a subjective question is closed and the OP ...