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Questions tagged [exact-duplicates]

This tag is for the process of identifying and closing questions that have the same possible answers as another question because they are essentially the same.

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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 which got me a few Famous Question badges. Then something happened there all got closed as duplicates. After seeing this I started to question did I deserve ...
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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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Why does marking someone's question as duplicate incite such rage or hurt feelings?

Anyone who's spent much time on Meta has seen them: the frustrated rants from inexperienced users yelling about how The High-Rep Cabal closed their question out of Sheer Soup-Nazi Spite or Malign And ...
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We as a community overuse the duplicate feature [duplicate]

When I first discovered Stack Exchange, it was in the form of Stack Overflow. It seemed like a great place...until I became a member. Apparently, my policy of "Upvote unto others as you would have ...
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Can I approve the duplicate votes on my own question if I've edited it?

When someone suggests that your post is a duplicate, you can see a button to approve that suggestion and instantly close your question. But if you make an edit after they suggest it, the button ...
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Should not be able to mark question as duplicate and link to own answer

I just asked a question on Stack Overflow that was marked as a duplicate. I don't agree but if I had more knowledge I wouldn't be asking questions in the first place. Either way the person who ...
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Edit my question when I have the answer?

Yesterday I asked a question that was marked as a duplicate and I don't understand why because neither of the suggested questions helped me. But one of the comments helped me in the right direction ...
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Duplicate dialog in iOS app doesn't detect URLs from other sites

I just erroneously closed this Meta Stack Overflow question (timeline) as a duplicate of a totally unrelated question. How did that happen? Well, I was using the Stack Exchange iOS app. I followed ...
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How do I request a question be re-answered? [duplicate]

Say I have the question "How do I solve A". I do a search, and I find that Bob has already posted this exact question. He has also posted an answer, in which he says "I figured out I could avoid the ...
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Unnecessary horizontal scrollbar in close as duplicate popup

In Firefox (58.0.2 64bit Win7) I see an unnecessary horizontal scrollbar in close as duplicate popup, e.g.: In Google Chrome such scrollbar appers too, but not for all question. I.e. much rare ...
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Allow voting to close as self-duplicate… user created a new account

We often see that new users ask the same question over and over again, the first question is too broad, lacks any code, etc. Instead of editing that post, the new user creates a new question. ...
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Question closed as duplicate, even though duplicate didn't solve the problem [duplicate]

I've found myself recently in a particularly annoying situation and I'd like to know what can be done in this specific situation. There's a question asked by a newbie user (not me) on SO, and while I ...
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Duplicate without reference

Sometimes I find a question that was closed as a duplicate, but it does not have a reference to the source question. How is this possible? Link to example (not reproduced after reopened) Question ...
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Don't redirect me when I visit a duplicate question if I'm logged in to any SE account

I have accounts on two kinds of sites: ones I'm interested in (and with active participation) ones that are heavily spammed (flagging is almost my only participation there) But Blender.SE is in ...
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Show moderators which platform duplicate questions were asked from (mobile or desktop)

When a user has multiple questions closed, the system sometimes notifies moderators, who might contact the user. There is a template for mod messages that covers this case, so it seems we're supposed ...
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Allow users to suggest edits to the duplicate list

Sometimes I find a question which is closed as a duplicate, but I know a better duplicate to that question. When I find a question which isn't closed for which I know is a duplicate, I can vote or ...
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Do duplicate questions count as “well-received” for the Curious, Inquisitive, and Socratic badges? [duplicate]

Do questions marked as duplicate, even with a positive score, count for badges that need well-received questions? For example, if I had 5 questions with a positive score in 5 different days, but one ...
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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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Questions migrated from other sites, closed as duplicate, and then locked show the wrong notice

This question was migrated from a different site, then closed as a duplicate. Later on, it was locked for historical significance. The revision history shows it correctly, and the vote arrows and flag ...
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Duplicates on meta sites - sum the votes

Duplicates are there mostly to tell us that a question was already asked and, in some cases, it also has an answer and to link to this question. While this is great for main sites, on meta it's a bit ...
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Required: One SEDE wizard (for a possibly impossible query)

Disclaimer I don't know how to write SEDE queries, so I'm afraid I have to ask you to do it for me. I don't even know what is possible and what is not, so please forgive my ignorance. The possibly ...
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Why do I have to edit something in my question when someone says 'possible duplicate of'? [duplicate]

Sometimes when I ask a question, I see someone posting a comment on my question "Possible duplicate of...", and I see such banner: However, the suggested "duplicate" does not really contain any ...