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I recently posted this question after searching the site with what I thought were logical and reasonable search terms and coming up empty.

It was then identified that my question is answered quite thoroughly in as an answer to this question.

Based on this discussion in meta, I accept that the questions are duplicate but I doubt whether any future visitor to the site with the same question as mine would be able to find it with a reasonable search. This is because the answer delves much deeper into the background than the original question asked.

So my question is what should be done. I am happy to close my question but should I edit the duplicate question to reflect the scope of the answer so that future users would be able to find it?

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Your question as it is now, has been closed as a duplicate. The site doesn't auto-delete questions closed as duplicates, so moving forward, anyone searching for terms in your question will get it as a result. Opening your question, then leads users to the question yours is marked as a duplicate of.

All this essentially is to take care of this problem you're talking about. This topic now has 2 questions with different wording available to the site's search engine, so you've expanded the likelihood of future visitors finding it.


I'm not sure I understand your last paragraph. Can you expand on what you mean by 'the scope of the answer'?

  • Thanks, I guess I didn't realize that the closed questions stayed in the search. Your answer addresses what I was getting at in the last paragraph. Basically the original question asked a fairly narrow point about Tolken's men and dwarves but the answer covered the subject much more comprehensively. – DQdlM Dec 17 '13 at 18:28

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