I asked this question: https://scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/83622/can-bifrost-bridge-reach-underground

It was closed. Then, I reached meta to resolve issues because I thought my question shouldn't be closed in its original form. I waited. Also, after a while, I agreed for the edit in the chat and pinged all involved users.

Then, a guy (who clearly participated in this question on meta and chat) took the idea and created a new question.

I clarified the question. Then, @Keen (who was also active during my question issue) opened my question and closed my question as duplicate. How can this previously asked question be duplicate?

To Stack Exchange employees:
If you want to encourage genuine content creation on the site, you must delete the other question (and move answer to mine). Also, as a strong message to diamonds, I suggest you revoke diamond access of @Keen (or, at least strongly warn him). This is no longer about democracy. This is like smashing the basic morals of constitution of a country.

Message of duplicate closure says:

This question has been asked before and already has an answer.

How is this applicable here?

Update 2:
How does the site deal with Plagiarism? Should I start doing that?

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    Questions are often closed as duplicates of newer questions if the newer question is better and/or has a better answer. You resisted multiple attempts to improve the original (including rolling back edits), and your question was left in a low-quality state. You only edited your question to improve it after somebody had re-asked it in an improved form and it had a good answer. If anybody is at fault, it isn't Keen.
    – alexwlchan
    Mar 12, 2015 at 10:29
  • @alexwlchan Lots of times, my newer questions have been closed despite it was better (Here, better is subjective too) and talking about answers on newer questions, does it get chance? It gets closed often before it gets answer. If you think such thing is common here, give me examples.
    – user931
    Mar 12, 2015 at 10:48
  • @alexwlchan After a while, I agreed for the edit. I was busy at that time, so I requested Michael to edit if he likes. Despite this, he asked new question. Does this encourage genuine content creation?
    – user931
    Mar 12, 2015 at 10:50
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    "I clarified the question." - Are you kidding me? No, you did not clarify the question, others did and you criticized them for doing so, rolling it back to the non-clarified form and resisting any kind of reasonable argument why this form is not clear enough. You deliberately chose for the question to be off-topic and I have strong doubts you'd ever even considered "clarfying the question" if someone else hadn't asked the question you should have asked all the time but intentionally chose not to. You are obviously just trolling with all of this.
    – TARS
    Mar 12, 2015 at 11:43
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    And this last part for the SE employees is an utter disgrace and the topping of all the things. There is a difference between fighting for your democratic rights and being an indignant as---le.
    – TARS
    Mar 12, 2015 at 11:46
  • @Sky I agreed for the edit long before the new question was posted.. Check chat logs searching for my name..
    – user931
    Mar 12, 2015 at 11:47
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    @SS And you were also told that people had given up on trying to improve your question. If you'd really changed your mind, you could have applied the edit that you initially rolled back.
    – alexwlchan
    Mar 12, 2015 at 11:48
  • @Sky I am not fighting for my democratic right. I targeted diamonds. Yes, I voted for Keen but if he doesn't following basic rules of the site, his superpowers should be stripped out.
    – user931
    Mar 12, 2015 at 11:50
  • @alexwlchan Initial edit just changed title. It didn't remove Star Trek from the body.
    – user931
    Mar 12, 2015 at 11:51
  • @SS It took the focus away from a Star Trek comparison. The mention of Star Trek's transporters in the question body isn't necessarily bad - an example helps to provide context - but the title helped frame the question as something other than a comparison.
    – alexwlchan
    Mar 12, 2015 at 12:03
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    That's right - he fixed up the title, and suddenly the question was re-opened. And instead of thanking the user, or just moving on, you threw a fit.
    – phantom42
    Mar 12, 2015 at 12:16
  • @phantom42 That's another issue. I tried to convince the community without luck.
    – user931
    Mar 12, 2015 at 12:20
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    @SS Believe it or not, but the mannerisms with which you try to convince the community make a huge difference. And those you exhibited didn't draw a nice and constructive picture of your entire motivation. You are free to argue about an edit, but talk crap and noone will listen to you.
    – TARS
    Mar 12, 2015 at 12:25
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    "How does the site deal with Plagiarism?" With the blunt end of a mod hammer, probably. But I don't see how that's relevant, as your original question wasn't plagiarised.
    – alexwlchan
    Mar 12, 2015 at 12:30
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Quite frankly, you brought this on yourself. You were unnecessarily obtuse when people tried to fix your question, insisting on keeping it in a state that turned a reasonable (on-topic) question into an off-topic one. You were given numerous chances to fix it, and others even tried to help you get it into a good state, but you went so far as to roll back the edits to the originally poor wording. And to top that all off, you were rude to those trying to help you, and were not approachable about the issue.

The new question was asked some five hours after you rolled the question back, and after discussion there did not seem like any way to appease you, so the other question was asked. It was only then that you acquiesced to people's suggestions and made the question on-topic. At this point, you're too late.

This has nothing to do with content creation or mods that abuse their power. The other question asker was interested by the question and asked when it was clear the original was not going to be salvaged. The new question has been well-recieved and fostered several good answers and some good discussion. Keen acted in accordance with normal procedures for duplicates, and I've seen no evidence anyone is singling you out.

You did this to your question, nobody else.

Edit: The question was asked before and has an answer. When you wrote the question, it was not a duplicate. It was only after you edited it that it became a duplicate. So the newer question actually was the first of the two to ask the same question, the older one got edited into a duplicate later. Really, that's pointless, because as Keen linked to, we closer older, poorer duplicates as dupes either way.

  • You didn't read the question. I agreed for the edit in the chat and pinged Michael for that too. If he was really interested, he could have edited the same.
    – user931
    Mar 12, 2015 at 11:54
  • As for the rules, closing old question is wrong.
    – user931
    Mar 12, 2015 at 11:54
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    @SS If you have a problem with the idea of closing older-questions-as-duplicates, then ask a question that just addresses that issue. Don't complain about an already bad question being closed, and try to impugn a moderator at the same time.
    – alexwlchan
    Mar 12, 2015 at 12:04
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    @SS - By the time you "agreed", people had given up trying to help you with the question. No one is going to edit it to help you when the last time that happened, you disregarded the edit. Also, we close older questions all the time. The most common time is story-ID questions, but we've done it on 'regular' questions as well
    – The Fallen
    Mar 12, 2015 at 12:10
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    "As for the rules, closing old question is wrong" - no, it's not. We keep the "better" of the two.
    – phantom42
    Mar 12, 2015 at 12:13

I intended to stay out of this whole mess, since I'm not entirely objective, but feel like I should defend @Keen here (not that he needs it), because he clearly did nothing wrong. Specifically, I want to make sure everyone gets the sequence of actions here, and why the "older" question got closed as a dupe of my "newer" one.

  1. Sometime yesterday, @SS asked a question, originally titled "How good is Bifrost Bridge in comparison with Star Trek transporters?", which was closed as off-topic (Gorilla vs. Shark).

  2. A few minutes later, a user comes along and edits the question to remove the comparison aspect, and the question gets re-opened.

  3. @SS then returns and rolls back the edit, back to the original form, and not surprisingly, the question gets closed again.

    At this point, the question had become a point of interest in chat, with several of us expressing the opinion that it's really a good question, if only @SS would let the edits go through. At least one person expressed an interest in writing an answer.

  4. Eventually I decided to risk it, and started editing the question to clean it up, and make it clear that Star Trek was being use merely as an example.

  5. In the middle of this edit, I get notified that the question had already been edited, specifically, @SS had posted to meta and edited a reference into his question.

  6. I took my edited content, saved it to a file, and went to participate in the meta question, hoping he would allow me to make my update and everyone would be happy.

  7. The meta question went... a different way. By the end, I had given up on making edits to the original question, largely because of the insults and uncooperativeness being shown by the author.

    At this point, I was genuinely curious what the answer to the question was, because it really was an interesting one. It was just a matter of figuring out how to get it opened and answered. I even considered posting the question myself, after it became clear that the original was a non-start. However, after the furor died down, @SS left a final comment that he would go back and fix his question as we'd been asking, so I left the issue and waited for him to do that.

  8. About 5 hours later, after I got home, I checked the original question, and it had not been touched. So, I took the updated content I had written and used it to open a new question.

  9. A few hours later, @SS pops in and edits his original question, eliminating the part that we objected to, which puts it into the reopen queue.

By then, @Keen had already seen my question and posted a good answer to it. So yes, at the point that @SS edited his question, he made it into a duplicate of mine, and @Keen correctly closed it as such.


I don't know why I'm even bothering doing this...

Let's look at the sequence of events:

  • You posted your original question.
  • For better or worse, it was deemed as being off-topic.
  • Another user fixed the title of the question in an effort to focus it on what a number of us perceived the intention of the question to be.
  • You rolled back the edit.
  • The question was closed again.
  • You opened a meta question decrying this, calling everyone "robots" and "dick".
  • After much talking at you, and you refusing to even acknowledge anyone's points, you made mention that you might edit the question back.
  • In chat, Michael mentioned possibly re-posting a new, clear version of the question, as we all felt it a good one, fundamentally.
  • You popped into chat and told us that we could edit the question if we wanted to.
  • Speaking only for myself, I told you that I had no interest in doing so.
  • Hours pass. You have not edited your question, or given any futher indication you intend to.
  • Michael Edenfield sees the question has not been edited or re-opened, and chooses to proceed to open a new version of the question.
  • Your original question is opened and then closed as a dupe so that it points to the new version.

Which question should have been closed as a dupe?

Yours asks if it can transport without destruction. Michael's takes that and refines it - asking if it can transport from underground - what are its limitations? Is consent involved? Does it pull an unwilling person?

Michael's is a more robust question that would serve to garner a more complete answer.

Based on discussion here, we keep the question that shows more value to the community, and not necessarily the older one. As such, it makes sense that your original question be closed as the duplicate.

How is the closure reason applicable here?

This is an issue that has been mentioned a handful of times on Meta. The close reason could definitely use tweaking - in part, for reasons you're running into here. The other issue we bump against is that we close questions as dupes when the answers match, even if the questions aren't exactly the same.

But if you want to get that changed, you'll need to bring that up in a separate meta discussion.

How should you deal with plagiarism?

Remember. You do not own your posts. None. Not any of them.

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That said, site etiquette is to treat the OP as the owner, and generally abide by their wishes as far as the content of their posts are concerned. We have had instances where exact copy/pastes have been deleted, but a re-written version of your question is 100% within anyone's rights.

  • Good job on mentioning the plagiarism part!
    – Möoz
    Sep 4, 2015 at 0:38
  • Hm. Distributing content under a license is not the same as giving up ownership to it. The license is permissive and grants a lot of freedom to potential users. Just as distributing a piece of software under the BSD license does, but doing so doesn't mean the original creator loses any of their rights to the program.
    – jpmc26
    Feb 25, 2018 at 9:32

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