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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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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How to find duplicates that could be deleted?

From the faq post How should duplicate questions be handled? Should duplicates be deleted? ... Duplicates that are word-for-word copies or that are so poorly written that they are not useful may be ...
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Why do users downvote duplicates, but not origins?

I seen it several times before, but still can’t clearly understand: why do user downvote posts which a closed as duplicates, and on the same time don’t downvote origin posts? Do they want to drop ...
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Flag as "a duplicate" vs "should be closed -> duplicate of"

I recently noticed that there are two very similar flags that can be used, "a duplicate" and "should be closed -> duplicate of". They look like they should accomplish the exact same task, and I don't ...
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Changing the duplicate message [duplicate]

Currently, the duplicate message looks something like this: It says that the if the answers do not address your question you should ask a new one. But you can edit it as well to put it in the ...
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URL field is out of bounds when I mark a question as a duplicate [duplicate]

Should it be like this? Google Chrome, Windows 10, no zoom.
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Is there a place to dispute duplicate markings? [duplicate]

My question was marked as a duplicate, and I have some issues to point out about it. I was wondering if there was a place to go to dispute the marking? This would be really useful, as I am now losing ...
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How can I delete a duplicate question? [duplicate]

Here there is a "insightful" question about basic programming with 105 upvotes, and it has got 14 answers. But okay, life is not fair , so asking about the unfairness also gets 75 upvotes. ...
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Should I paraphrase the cross-site duplicate when posting it as an answer?

This Stack Overflow question had an answer on Software Engineering. After reading this answer here, I went ahead and posted an answer, since I feel like that question is on topic on both sites. In ...
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Editing the duplicate list doesn't really work on mobile with the new responsive design

When trying to add a duplicate target to a closed question on my iPhone, I'd like to paste a URL in the box where you're supposed to 'search, or enter a question link or numeric id'. However, the ...
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What is the community's opinion on modifying older-style duplicate closures to the newer style?

This is not a duplicate of Editing duplicate banner edited into the text of the question. The main question there is only if something "special" will happen if someone edits out the automatic text. ...
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Should I feel bad if most of my famous question badges are from duplicates?

I asked some questions on Ask Ubuntu. Some of them even got me a few Famous Question badges. Then something happened and they all got closed as duplicates. After seeing this I started to question if I ...
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How to mark a question as a “maybe-duplicate”, when you don't want to use the dupe hammer? [duplicate]

I have a gold badge on some tag, which apparently lets me decide all by myself that a question is a duplicate of another. However - I don't always want to do that. In fact, I usually want to, at ...
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"Please help me, I need a proper answer" when closed as dupe

I don't want to comment here any more because I'm pretty damn angry with the asker who can't be bothered to read the duplicate, even though it is the perfect textbook duplicate, with has thousands of ...
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Questions marked as duplicate refer to the duplicate, but the other way around does not occur

Sometimes when a question is marked as a duplicate it has already 'developed' into an interesting Q&A link. An example is Could dark matter be wrong? on the Astronomy website which is marked as ...
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"That solved my problem" doesn't make sense if the target question is unanswered

Can we get an alternative to the "That solved my problem!" button that doesn't make the presumption that it solved my problem? I.e. "Yes, that's the problem I have." In some cases, SE (et. al.) ...
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What is the course of action if I find a better duplicate for a question already closed as duplicate?

What to do when I find a duplicate question - often already marked as duplicate, and I find that the question is indeed a duplicate, but much better answered in a different question, so that it may be ...
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Are these duplicates just because they have similar answers: "capital of France" vs "largest city in France"?

As a general practise across different Stack Exchange communities, is it true that that one of these two questions should always be closed as a duplicate, since both questions have similar answers? "...
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Remove the underline on links to duplicate targets on duplicate closures

I noticed that today, the team changed the style of hyperlinks in posts to show an underline. This has been clarified to be by design. However, I think that this is too cluttered in links to ...
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Who gets listed on a close as duplicate message? [duplicate]

I just flagged a question as a duplicate. A few minutes later the question was closed as a duplicate with only a much higher rep user's name and Community (two users total) in the close message. Why ...
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Where does a supplementary question belong?

If I see a question about a certain topic and want to ask a supplementary question about it, where should I ask it? I'm afraid a new question will be marked as a duplicate, and heavily downvoted so ...
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Too many comments automatically deleted when closing as duplicate [duplicate]

Sequence of events: I started the process of closing a question as a dupe. The system adds the "Possible duplicate of..." comment on my behalf. Somebody adds a comment, tagging me. I respond with an ...
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How can I change which question the current question is a duplicate of? [duplicate]

I would imagine this is a fairly common situation, but I haven't found it discussed: I vote to close a question as a duplicate of a specific other question. The asker edits the question so that it's ...
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"Possible duplicate of" comment should automatically edit into "Related" when the closure fails

When user flags or votes to close as a duplicate, a "Possible duplicate of [question]" comment is auto-generated on their behalf. When the closure succeeds, the comment is automatically deleted. But ...
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When are questions which build upon each other considered duplicates?

Each Stack Exchange site caters to a mix of experts and novices. This means that some (expert) questions presuppose knowledge which is being asked about in other (novice) questions. In other words, we ...
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Comment 'Duplicate of' shown on wrong question on Area51 proposal

Today, I got the scare of a lifetime: A notification for a comment underneath my proposed question on the Sociology and Anthropology proposal that said my question was a duplicate of another question. ...
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My question was marked as a duplicate of a question that involved a more obscure use case [duplicate]

The voting seems to suggest that my question helped promote the other question. I don't know if chronological precedence is a criterion. I wonder if it is fair that the votes my question might have ...
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Should/can we change the Duplicate notification?

Currently, the (top) duplicate notification says This question already has an answer here: and links to the "original" question. I find this, at least, misleading, considering we (at least in RPG....
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How to deal with a duplicate question if you can't flag

So, on Biology Stack Exchange, I found this question: Why do snails come out of the grass when it rains? I did some searching and I found a very similar question that had already been asked and ...
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Is it possible to diff duplicate questions?

Is it possible to get a tool, or some way to get a tool that can diff duplicate questions? It would make it a lot easier for moderation when we have the other question on the same screen.
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Rewording of the duplicate notice to communicate better

When a question is marked as a duplicate, the notice is terse: This question has been asked before and already has an answer. If those answers do not fully address your question, please ask a new ...
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Allow gold badge users to "propose" duplicates, to give the author a chance to contest the proposed duplicate

Please note: this is not a duplicate of How Do I Opt Out of Privileges?, which asks to give gold tag badge holders the ability to cast normal close votes in case they're not sure of their vote. I ...
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Proper response to user abusing "flag as duplicate" [duplicate]

My 4 year old question was flagged as a duplicate of this 4 month old question by the same user who posted that question. My question has more upvotes on both the question and the answer, and is (...
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Flag as duplicate option is ... duplicate? [duplicate]

It just came to my attention that when flagging (not VTC) a Question as duplicate one is presented with the following options: As we can see, among those is the "a duplicate..." option. However, if ...
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Give askers a way to challenge a duplicate closure

When I read about Stack Overflow or the Stack Exchange network in various other places on the internet, a lot of it are complaints about the moderation. There is one specific complaint I see a lot, ...
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Why does the "Marked as Duplicate" block not give link(s) to the duplicate question(s)? [duplicate]

I often find pages which are marked as duplicate in a block just below the question, and it looks something like this: marked as duplicate by ..., ..., ... Jan 31 '17 at 23:59 This question ...
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Should I ever ask a duplicate question on purpose? [duplicate]

Every once in a while I have a question I am certain must have been asked and answered before on some Stack Exchange site, but it takes me a considerable amount of trial and error until I find the ...
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Is it acceptable to edit someone else's question which entirely changes the original question OR ask a question that may be marked as duplicate? [duplicate]

Is it acceptable to modify a question (adding details and conditions to obtain the situation) which seems similar to the problem one encounter rather than creating a new question which might be marked ...

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