If we're still following the story-id duplicate policy, then this should not have been closed, tempting though it is. Neither the question nor the proposed duplicate has any answers, much less any accetped ones. Did something change recently?

This other Meta question is similar, but in that instance the question was closed by user Community ♦ and the duplicate had an accepted answer.

  • @TheLethalCarrot Jeez, I didn't notice that!
    – Spencer
    Commented Feb 6, 2021 at 16:10

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We make an exception to the usual policy on closing ID questions as dupes when both questions were asked by the same person.1 Re-posting the same question again if you didn't get any answers at first is a no-no all over the SE network, as an answerless OP should instead use other options such as editing their original question or placing a bounty on it. We don't want people to use our story-ID dupe policy as a loophole to keep re-posting the same question as many times as they like until it's answered.

Note that I'm not implying the OP of this question had any bad intent. They're not a very active user, and it's reasonable to assume they simply didn't know about any rule against re-posting the same question. Nor am I implying that you're suggesting we should allow this loophole for re-posters, rather than simply not noticing that both questions were asked by the same user. Actually I'm glad you made this meta post, because this exception to the story-ID dupe rule has been our practice for quite a while but I don't think it's ever been codified as policy on meta before.

1 As a general principle, this also covers cases where an OP has come back on a new account to post a near-identical question (common enough in story-ID where many OPs are one-shot wonders), although those cases may be harder to track down unless one of our story-ID watchers has an eagle eye or an eidetic memory. In this case, though, the OP used the same account for both questions.

  • You seem to have answered this before, that’s probably a good meta policy for it.
    – TheLethalCarrot Mod
    Commented Feb 6, 2021 at 15:56
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    @TheLethalCarrot You know you're getting SE-old when you think there's no meta policy on something and then it turns out you wrote one yourself :-) Only a year ago too, but even after reading that meta it's still not ringing any bells in my mind.
    – Rand al'Thor Mod
    Commented Feb 6, 2021 at 16:17
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    To be honest I knew there was a meta on it but I thought I’d answered it not you. So either there’s another I’m not finding or I’ve been around long enough to start conflating things.
    – TheLethalCarrot Mod
    Commented Feb 6, 2021 at 16:31

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