25 votes

Are significantly shortened versions of verbose answers allowed?

That whole original answer fits on the screen of my phone, so really it isn't that long. Besides that your answer offers no learning opportunity to the reader, and people just have to believe that ...
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Posting Q & A, then closing the Q as duplicate?

Posting a self-answer and closing the question is not OK Posting a self-answer to your question and then closing it as a duplicate is inappropriate, because Closing after answering, particularly with ...
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New pointless answers

There's nothing wrong with basically the same answers being posted within a few minutes of each other. All this means is that these people saw the question at the same time and thought they knew the ...
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There were 2 different questions related to same problem, I provided same answer for both the questions, moderator deleted one

If two questions show the same problem, and are similar enough, you should be answering one, and voting or flagging the other one to close it as a duplicate. If they're very similar but different, ...
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Should I downvote an answer (no added value) posted on an already well answered questions?

Why would someone want to answer a question that is old and has an accepted answer without bringing anything new and useful to the table? The only good reason I can think of is that they think they ...
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Are there any non-trivial examples of exact-duplicate answers to non-duplicate questions?

So I just ran into this issue and again it's kind of a tag issue really. Someone asks a webgl question which effectively has the exact same answer as an opengl question but TPTB pretty much never ...
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Rule for master duplicates to have a 80% positive score

I see many problems with this: Sometimes, a user asks the same poor question twice. It's appropriate to close the second question as a duplicate of the first one, even if it has a negative score. A ...
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What is the ideal number of questions SE wants for any answer for the best search effectiveness?

I think you have created a fallacy by taking a point to an absurd extreme. Of course a single word answer is not sufficient and would not be accepted. The answer is, rather sensibly, that with a well ...
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Are these duplicates just because they have similar answers: "capital of France" vs "largest city in France"?

I will go out on a limb here and argue that those two are not the same answer. The word Paris happens to describe two distinct "ideas" (if you will). I have seen this best described by Richard U in ...
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my question is always put on hold as off-topic or duplicate or closed why?

In general - the close reasons and comments actually cover what you need to know. In general questions need to have a reasonable possible solution (even on heavily subjective sites), and provide ...
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What is the ideal number of questions SE wants for any answer for the best search effectiveness?

Fundamentally the questions need to be about the same subject for instance "Why is the sky blue?" and "What is Rayleigh scattering?" may not appear to be the same question but I imagine if you asked ...
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Rule for master duplicates to have a 80% positive score

If a poor question is asked that receives negligible/negative votes, but receives a useful answer, and then the same question is asked again, I think it highly appropriate for the second question to ...
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Are there any non-trivial examples of exact-duplicate answers to non-duplicate questions?

Q1: How do I convert response headers into a map? [Java] Q2: How do I verify a response contains a header key-value pair? [Java] A: Import a library like "x" and call response.getHeaders() For Q1, A ...
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Add an option to leave a "This is a duplicate answer" comment when voting to delete an answer from review

This proposal is kind of a complementary one to this one raised on Meta Stack Overflow. The TL;DR is to add a specific flag type for duplicated answers, likely including a link to the duplicated ...
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Data and statistics regarding the subject of duplicate questions?

You can look at the PostLinks table. It holds links to duplicate questions (LinkType = 3). From Database schema documentation for the public data dump and SEDE LinkTypeId type of link 1 = Linked (...
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What is the ideal number of questions SE wants for any answer for the best search effectiveness?

The basic purpose of the duplicate question feature is to ensure that users don't have to constantly a question that is just a rephrasing of another question. This does not mean that an applicable ...
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I flag as duplicate, OP edits, how do I "retract"?

What is my correct cause of action then? You can always retract any flags going back to the flagging dialog. Since with a duplicate flag there came an automatically generated comment you should ...
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Are these duplicates just because they have similar answers: "capital of France" vs "largest city in France"?

Each site has some leeway in this but in general, the questions, as that quote states, should be largely the same question. If you asked the same question about the US or India, they'd quite clearly ...
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Two questions with the same answer?

If both of the answers are the same, the question is too, or the answers aren't tailored towards the question enough to make them really stand out. If the two questions are really different more than ...
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Duplicate answers?

Why do anything at all? If you both answered the question at the same time independently and your answers are similar, just leave them be. The only thing to note is that if you both answered quite ...
Robert Longson's user avatar
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What do we do about duplicate questions that are not closed?

I guess that posts originate from Stack Overflow where there is a massive backlog on the Close Vote review queue. The best thing still is to close those posts. That will help that user and other users ...
Patrick Hofman's user avatar
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Should I downvote an answer (no added value) posted on an already well answered questions?

My current procedure when I see answers that are duplicates of earlier answers is to Downvote Leave a comment saying something to the effect of "This doesn't add anything not in the other answers" ...
Charlie Brumbaugh's user avatar
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What should I do if a question I'm considering asking would be closed as a duplicate, but I don't understand the duplicate's answer?

Since the solution was only posted as a comment, let me reiterate it as an actual answer. Ask a question about the answer itself and how it relates to your issue, and state that you don't understand ...
3 votes

Two questions with the same answer?

A question that's a duplicate of another question should be marked as such. This is true even if the two questions have been answered differently. (In some cases, two questions can actually be merged ...
Jason Bassford's user avatar
2 votes

Vote to delete answers as duplicates of earlier answers

I happens a bit where two people will be writing an answer at the same time. When you click done you see a duplicate that was posted while you were working on your answer. I always just delete my ...
paparazzo's user avatar
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Can we have a "duplicate answer" reminder?

This would be a nice addition. Users are supposed to flag/close questions as duplicates and not "borrow" answers to do their own answer (unless it's to help but that's a different thing). So, ...
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How do duplicate (and other closure) flags from low rep users work?

How is the flag marked as helpful? When a 3k user votes to close and chooses the same reason, your flag is immediately marked as "helpful" and dismissed. If you choose off-topic → Blatantly Off-topic ...
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Question Clusters - what is the META guideline for consolidating similar questions?

We like to allow sites some freedom to operate in their own ways so if you want to create a canonical question and answer and then mark other questions as that questions duplicate then you should find ...
Robert Longson's user avatar
1 vote

What should I do if a question I'm considering asking would be closed as a duplicate, but I don't understand the duplicate's answer?

Note- just to spell this out so that people don't misunderstand (even though the meta question here is certain that the question is really a duplicate): If your question is about how to do something ...
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There were 2 different questions related to same problem, I provided same answer for both the questions, moderator deleted one

At least one of the questions should have been closed as dupe, typically it happens. You didn't write link, so we can't check it. Posting the same answer twice in this case is generally not nice. In ...
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