This may be particular to story-identification, but, for example, I realized that Novel where government trains kids for the army through a VR game was likely referring to The Roar, which I had previously answered here and here. My standard story-ID answer template is the title of the story linked to Goodreads (or similar site), the author, a cover image, and a quoted summary from the link which answers the question. In this case, I didn't need to add anything new, so I copied it over.

On one hand, I'm basically duplicating information, which doesn't really help most people since it's already on the site and will be linked over once marked as a duplicate. On the other hand, it's useful to the querent to have all of that information specifically addressed to their question, and if the querent doesn't accept it (or even comment that it's the right one), we still have a direct link from the question details to the answer details.

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    Generally I tend to post a comment when there's an obvious dupe. If OP doesn't close the Q as a dupe within a few hours, I'll repost the answer. If they never come back, the questions will never get dupe-closed so it's still useful to have the info on the site, even if it's the same as another question
    – Valorum
    Apr 27, 2018 at 18:03
  • Related question. But story-ID is a special case, as you say, so I don't think this meta is a dupe.
    – Rand al'Thor Mod
    Apr 27, 2018 at 18:25
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    Since story-id can't be marked dupe without an accepted answer (right?) posting an identical answer does help. (Personally I think the best story-id answers are the ones that specifically address the things the asker remembers, which is useful to later readers who may remember only some details the original asker did, but I get that you may not want to go to all the trouble of customizing answers.) Apr 30, 2018 at 22:16

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What I do in this case, is that I quote my original answer (done easily by editing that, then copying the source) after an introductory line or two.

But the important part is that while the WoSFoF they're looking for may be the same, the question will likely not be. Different querants remember different aspects.
So after quoting my original answer, I address the points remembered by this querant if not already addressed by my original answer.

  • Agreed. My primary situation, though, has the answers nearly universally applicable when the full book summary is included, with additional details not being immediately at-hand without acquiring a copy of the book.
    – FuzzyBoots
    May 7, 2018 at 11:37
  • Although funnily enough, as I commented on one of the times I answered a question seeking The Roar, the questions almost always remember one sibling and not the other. :-D
    – FuzzyBoots
    Sep 20, 2021 at 3:07

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