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Very recently, with MUCH research, on answers that did not overlap my question and dealt mostly with other tangents (eg. jQuery) I received an elegantly simple, practical and knowledgeable answer that did address my situation and solve the problem. The question was marked 'Duplicate' which also devalues the clarity and situational specifics of the answer. ...


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Closing a question as a duplicate is not a punishment. The reason to ask a question is to get an answer, and if a question has been answered before, then closing as a duplicate is a way of saying "Hey, your answer is over there". Otherwise standard criteria about question quality should apply, as with any other question.


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Don't downvote a post on account of being a duplicate. Ideally, a duplicate should be marked as such, and then either closed - with 0 votes, 0 comments, 0 answers (except regarding its dupeness); or, after marking, it is edited, determined not to be a dupe, and then this question is irrelevant. So, I say: Don't proceed the scrutinize the question too much ...


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There was an instance, in which I asked a question and the question didn't get any attention until someone else later asked the same question, and got answers to the question, in which case my question was closed as a duplicate of a newer question and downvoted. I think when deciding whether to downvote an old question because it is a duplicate you should ...


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Simple rule: If I think the Internet will not benefit from the question being in the Google index I downvote both the question and all answers, this makes it more likely the question will automatically be deleted. For example: if googling the title of the question find the duplicate with the first few papers of results if the title is unclear so will ...


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