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Questions tagged [duplicate-questions]

This tag is referring to the process of identifying and closing questions that are duplicates of another question.

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Question falsely closed as duplicate

This question about Tolkien's mythology has been falsely closed as a duplicate of a question about one of Peter Jackson's movies. As a Peter Jackson movie is not part of the mythology that Tolkien ...
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Guardians of the Flame ur-answer unaccepted

Generally, our policy for closing story-id dupes is that only accepted answers can be marked as dupes, or can be marked as the answer that the others are dupes of. The various Guardians of the Flame ...
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What do we do about almost duplicate story identification questions, where different editions of a work may differ?

This question: Story about aliens nicknamed 'Eechees' who have created a network of tunnels on Mars, raised an issue about duplicates. (The querent has not confirmed/accepted an answer yet, ...
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How can this question be a duplicate of a question that is not at all the same question?

This question was closed as a duplicate of this question. The reason stated was that the the answers to the latter question address the former question as well. The problem is that the two questions ...
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Why do people deliberately misuse their VTC?

As many of you can guess from the title, the mood of this question is frustration and desperation. As a background, my question on why Nazgûl did not kill other hobbits on Weathertop is marked ...
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What does closing a Question as a Duplicate actually do?

I know Duplication is a bit of a contentious topic so I've looked around before asking this, but I can't find an answer. If I've missed it I'd appreciate being pointed in the right direction. What ...
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Should we prefer questions with accepted answers when closing identification requests as duplicate?

A couple of days ago, a story ID request was closed as a duplicate of another one. Both have an answer which is correct, according to the querant. But I saw that the one that was closed as a ...
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Why are we still arguing over duplicates?

We have had a number of recent meta discussions about what should and should not be closed as a duplicate, most recently Handling questions that will be duplicates once answered. It seems that, ...
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Handling questions that will be duplicates once answered

Here's the question that triggered my asking this: Why does Turanga Leela and her family put their surname first? I've included other examples at the end of my post. In those, there are answers to ...
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Why was this question about maester chains closed?

The question Can a maester's chain include multiple links of the same metal?: A maester can be recognized by the chain he wears around his neck. The links of the chain can be made of every ...
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Are two unrelated questions always considered duplicates if one answer has a quote that addresses both questions? [duplicate]

Say that we have the following hypothetical question and answer on the site: Q: What race is Gandalf? A: In Letter 123, Tolkien wrote: "Gandalf and Saruman are Maiar." A year later, another ...
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Why can we not mark questions as duplicates when the original does not have an answer?

This question: Misanthropic boy given near-omnipotent powers by alien intelligence, proceeds to destroy humanity is a duplicate of this: Bullied boy given immense powers by an alien race who ...
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Duplicate policy and intensive workload due to it

Firstly, I have read the arguments here. I have asked this question: Are there any specific examples in Lord of the Rings that are influenced by the WWII? and it was marked as duplicate and I was ...
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Please reopen the star-wars laser fire question as it is nowhere close to a duplicate

This question about the significance of laser colours in Star Wars was closed as a duplicate: What is the significance of the reversed colours of imperial and rebellion lasers compared to lightsabers?...
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Why this question was marked as duplicate?

A question of mine has been marked as duplicate, and I don't understand why. The question is What kind of coin was given by Jaqen H'ghar to Arya?, and was marked as duplicate of Was the significance ...
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Are questions about works that cross mediums considered dupes?

I'd asked this question: Are there any Baratheons left? Before my edit to make it strictly about the books(which was my original intent until someone pointed out that I'd inferred TV show knowledge),...
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Can't close question as dupe. Just get error message

In what looks like another example of the same bug (Why can't I close this question as a dupe?) I don't seem to be able to close this question as a duplicate. Young adult novel involving Time-...
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Two questions with no good answers

This question was asked today: R2 has a color holoprojector? And some are saying that it is a potential dup of this one.: Why are most holograms blue in Star Wars? It is certainly a legitimate dup ...
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Why was this question closed as duplicate?

Are human-looking Jedi/Sith like Palpatine and the Skywalkers the same (human) species as non-Force users? This question was recently marked as a duplicate. Two things bother me: This question has ...
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Why was my question about Hagrid's parents closed?

Yesterday I posted a question on the sci-fi page regarding the consensuality of Hagrid's parents' coupling; Was Hagrid the product of a consensual pairing? Not the nicest of topics I will grant you ...
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Should we rewrite the 'lightsaber colour' question?

The question Can lightsabers be ochre? has a very comprehensive answer covering all possible lightsaber colours in both canon and Legends. For this reason, other lightsaber-colour questions such as ...
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About choosing a duplicate

I was browsing new questions when I saw this question already marked as a duplicate, since I happened to knew a possible answer I went to the linked question and considered I could provide new content ...
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Is deduplication possible?

I never tried it but on closed questions I have a button with which I can vote to reopen it. What about questions marked as duplicate that I (and possibly others) am convinced is not a duplicate of ...
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Why are some of my questions marked as duplicate when they are not?

If you want to see what questions they are: I've deleted them. Maybe some of you know them, and maybe some of you here can say they really are duplicates. There are some that I didn't delete. My ...
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What to do about an answer to a later question that answers an earlier questions

In response to my recent answer to the Dark Lord's latest Harry Potter question, which was accepted, the asker commented thusly: This answers both questions really. If I could accept it as an ...
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What should we do if a Story-ID question acknowledges that they're looking for the same story as another user?

This question is a story-identification: https://scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/151238/looking-for-the-story-when-people-experience-life-in-reverse-like-a-movie-which Normally, questions can't be ...
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Star Wars question is an exact duplicate of old question asked before Legends. Retag old question or add new answer to old and mark new as dupe?

The new question Are there any technological defences against the Force? has the tags star-wars and the-force. However, Can flow of force be disturbed with technology? is an exact duplicate and also ...
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Duplicate story-id questions: series vs. publication [duplicate]

What if one story-ID question asks about a series of stories, while another story-ID question asks about a particular story which happens to belong to that series. Are they duplicates? If they are ...
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When should comments be used to determine a dupe story-id?

The general policy for closing story-ids as dupes was determined to be that they're only a dupe if the OP accepts an answer. Later, that answer was edited (based on a comment side discussion) to ...
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How to deal with a Post which has two questions in it and one of which may be a duplicate?

The questions are following: How is The Wall bypassed? How did Gared (Night's Watch man) get back from behind The Wall? The first question is more general in nature while the second question was ...
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Best handling for “dupe groups” within [story-identification] questions?

After having joined the site and been visiting regularly for a while, I have discovered many, many cases of duplicate questions (i.e. questions having the same answer, per apparent consensus ...
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Why was an older, accepted story ID question closed as a duplicate of a newer one without acceptance?

This older question from July, which has an accepted answer, was closed as a duplicate of this question from today, which does not. That seems wrong.
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Just because a question has been asked and answered does it make it correct? [duplicate]

Science Fiction and Fantasy Stack Exchange has bad habit of marking a question as duplicate solely for the reason that it has been asked before. No consideration is taken to the quality of answers. ...
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Should distracting answers to duplicate questions be deleted?

Sometimes the presence of answers on a duplicate question can be distracting. Instead of going to the original, which is likely to have better answers, people might linger on the duplicate. In ...
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What constitutes the same answer for story-identification questions?

If two story-identification questions both have the same answer, and that answer has been confirmed (on each question) by the querent in the form of acceptance or a confirmatory comment, one of the ...
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Do I not lose rep if I downvote a question that has been closed?

I came across a fairly bad question that was a duplicate. It already had 4 downvotes, but I thought, I think I probably have enough rep to afford 1 downvote. Plus, it'll put me to a nice multiple of 5....
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Should this Game of Thrones question be closed?

I found this question on Meta: Is the ultimate goal of Stack Exchange really to build a knowledge base for Googlers, not to help individual users (even if they ask good questions)? Although this may ...
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How to deal with story ID questions with different details but the same answer [duplicate]

Say there exists a story ID question that lists details A and B and has an accepted answer. If a user posts another question that lists details C and D and you're absolutely sure that the answer is ...
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Merge these two GoT questions?

I'd say that Do Westerosi know and believe that Dany has grown-up and dangerous dragons? is a duplicape of What knowledge do the people of Westeros have about Daenerys and her dragons? however ...
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Reopening Duplicated Question - Start creating Rules for tagging a question

Question Reference: What can stop a Lightsaber? [duplicate] Some weeks ago we were having a big discussion on a question of mine wether it's a duplicate or not. I am posting this without minding what ...
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Does this Meta policy overrule our Meta?

This answer references this Meta:SE post, claiming that that Stack Exchange policy is to close questions only if the questions themselves are duplicates, not if an answer to one question contains an ...
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How should I avoid overzealous editing of question in the future?

After lurking in this community for some time, I finally made an account on scifi to ask How did Luke's proton torpedoes enter the first Death Star after Red Leader's impacted on the surface?, which I ...
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Should the Dementors question be reopened?

Should this question be reopened? https://scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/128502/where-do-dementors-come-from It was closed by two users (Jason Baker and Slytherincess) as a duplicate of Did ...
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What should happen with this list-based question?

A question was closed today, citing this question as a duplicate: What continuity problems have Star Wars: The Clone Wars created? The answer there cites a couple examples and the answer was ...
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Reopen this mistakenly-closed-as-duplicate question

The question Short story where man rejected from learning program and identified as untrainable was closed as a duplicate of Story where the protagonist is turned off from an automated system of ...
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What's the policy on questions that already have an answer in another .SE? [duplicate]

scifi.stackexchange has a peculiar scope. It tackles, as the name says, Science fiction and fantasy elements. However, these are usually distributed by Films, TV and Books. For example, these two ...
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How can I get a report of most duplicated questions?

How can I get a report of most duplicated questions ? Inspired by recent discussions and curiosity.
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Why was this question reopened?

This question was posed by enderland: Wasn't Rey cold on Starkiller base? Shouldn't this have impacted her somehow? And it was promptly closed (by myself) as a dupe of this one: Why does ...
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Is it encouraged to delete your own questions if they have possible duplicates?

If I post a question after searching and determining it hasn't been asked. And later find out, on my own or by a fellow user that the question is a possible duplicate. Is it encouraged to delete the ...
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Should duplicates be closed even if there is no answer on the original?

Specifically - I thought of this question re: the numerous Kylo Ren naming questions - there are several and while answers have been given that could justify marking the question as answered, they ...