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

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About closing "first example" questions as duplicates

My question was actually provoked by the treatment of this question but let me make up a fictitious example to sharpen and clarify the issues. Suppose someone posts a question asking for the first ...
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Should a querent be able to identify their question as the dupe of a question that has a matching unaccepted answer?

Ran into Story about students stuck in a black and white universe as a result of following some breadcrumbs from the Literature SE, and I noticed that What is this story I'm trying to remember, ...
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Contending duplicate hubs for "Les maîtres du temps" aka "The Masters of Time"

A relatively popular story ID subject (with six confirmed answers and several additional probable answers) has something of a mess with respect to duplicate management. The first time that this was ...
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No longer possible to add multiple duplicate targets?

I happened upon Novel with humans travelling to a distant planet becoming super-intelligent, which is at one end of a small duplicate chain. I was going to simply edit the ultimate parent in, so as to ...
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Should the correctness/quality of the accepted answer be a factor in choosing which of two duplicate questions to close?

Let's say there are two duplicate questions. Each are equally broad, and each have a decent number of good answers. (Meta consensus here says to keep the broader question, and failing that, the one ...
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Can we dupe-close Story IDs when confirmation is given by what looks like the OP’s second account?

You may have seen this: a new user asks a story-identification question, then a second (also new) account gives the answer (or confirms an existing answer, though usually this deleted and transferred ...
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Story-id duplicate policy [duplicate]

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 ...
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My question was closed as a duplicate but it's not really a duplicate [duplicate]

This question of mine, Which sci-fi book is this quote from?, was closed as a duplicate of this other question, What is Series Where There is an AI Born on the Solar System-Wide Network. I can see why ...
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General Question About Dupes [duplicate]

This question could maybe be applied to any SE page, in theory, but I've seen a certain type of situation pop up on SFF several times: Are two questions with the same answer considered duplicates, ...
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Where's the duplicate?

I saw that a recent question was closed as a duplicate, however no link to the duplicate question appears. Which question is that? Is it possible that the question was closed as a duplicate of itself?...
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"Possible dupe" popup won't go away

I keep getting the following popup on a question I asked recently: I've already edited my question to clarify why it's not a dupe of the suggested question. I've also selected the "No" option and ...
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Why was this Infinity Stone question about Thanos closed as duplicate?

EDIT: Duplicates are duplicates if and only if the QUESTIONS are the same. The below link is to close-as-duplicate policy and the most accepted answer. Why is the close-as-duplicate policy so ...
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Not a dupe closed as dupe

I asked a question specifically looking for a canon source to Vogon Poet's claim that humans are immune to Pokemon attacks. Are humans officially immune to Pokemon attacks? I clearly linked to the ...
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Are duplicate questions encouraged?

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 ...
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Is a user allowed to ask the same question twice if they didn't get an answer the first time?

About two months ago, the user Jared Westover asked a story-identification question: Book with a magic school in the sky. The question drew one answer, which was not accepted. Two days ago, Jared ...
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Can we please un-chain these dupes on meta?

We semi-recently decided that chains of duplicates are bad, and we want to make "duplicate hubs" instead of chains. I assume this applies to both main and meta, because there's no obvious reason to ...
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How to choose the best hub question: a case study

Today, I came across a situation that makes for a very good illustration of the reason for my most recent meta question -- several questions have been asked, answered, and/or accepted about an old TV ...
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Are "duplicate chains" to be avoided when possible?

I do a lot of patrolling for duplicates on story identification questions, and I'm looking for some thought from the group about how to handle situations where three or more questions (here labeled ...
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How do we resolve this supposed dupe situation?

I asked this question: What is Agent Coulson's status as of the end of Endgame? which multiple people insisted is a dupe of Why aren't MCU movies featuring Coulson after Avengers? The ...
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Should the presence of a formally-accepted answer count as one factor among many when determining "quality" for purposes of duplicate closure? [duplicate]

This meta is prompted by the discussion in comments for a pretty old question. I was directed to another meta question with a similar (but not identical) purpose. The voting patterns on that question ...
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Make it so that comments with "thanks" or similar words aren't automatically deleted

If I flag a comment such as "Thanks, that is the answer to my question" with "No longer needed", it will be deleted automatically without any mods looking at it. However, this could be really harmful ...
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Can a identification question be marked as a duplicate of a question with no accepted answer? [duplicate]

I believe that these two questions have the same answer. Anime: main character equips a horned helmet to fight monsters/criminals, pulls out a sword from his arm Anime: Dying alien robot merge his ...
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Posting a dummy answer to enable duplicate closure

Questions that do not have an upvoted answer cannot be used (by non-moderators) to close other questions as a duplicate of. This is the error message I receive when I try to close a question as a ...
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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, ...
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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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