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To improve meta search efficiency does SE encourage a "substantially reworded question" which has a common answer? To such a point that I could create a question myself and mark it duplicate for this purpose?

I can't find this directly answered, but the tone of the policy statements place a stigma against duplicate questions.

A comment led me to believe duplicates serve a purpose and remain searchable even after closing.

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No intentionally creating a duplicate is not encouraged for whatever reason. Duplicates can be good in that they aid searches and a well worded duplicate is still a good question but that does not mean you should post a question you know is a duplicate.

In short you should try and avoid posting any question you know will or should be closed.

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  • The logic? It would improve the quality here.. On its face that seems contradictory – Vogon Poet Oct 3 '19 at 23:45
  • @VogonPoet No it wouldn’t improve the quality here at all. Intentionally creating duplicates is likely to lead to downvotes which is going to degrade the quality. – TheLethalCarrot Oct 3 '19 at 23:47
  • If so, this is not as it should be. This is a systemic problem. – Vogon Poet Oct 3 '19 at 23:51
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    @VogonPoet there’s a world of difference between asking a question that turns out to be a duplicate and intentionally asking a duplicate. – TheLethalCarrot Oct 3 '19 at 23:56

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