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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Should we always close the newer question as the duplicate?

Preferably, when closing a duplicate, this happens before any answers have been given to the dupe-to-be. However, it can happen that only after editing of the question and multiple answers, it turns ...
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Closing Story-Ident questions as duplicates (where there's no acceptance)

It has been widely discussed and seems to be generally agreed that where two story-identification questions have an accepted answer that is the same, one should be closed as duplicate of the other. ...
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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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Why are questions considered duplicates although they ask different things?

I'm all for closing redundant questions as dupes, and we do seem to have series of questions asking similar things, but observe question number one: I am not interested in the movies, just the TV ...
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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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Why is the close-as-duplicate policy so aggressive, and should we change it?

This has been on my mind for some time, and I'd actually previously written up something to post here, but I dropped it until the discussion on the following question: What is Tolkien trying to say ...
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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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Are multiple variations of a question with subtle distinctions duplicate?

We now have three questions about Star Trek's Captain Kirk's romantic conquests. The original question seems to have been restricted to just the original TV series. It made no restriction on whether ...
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Why would VTC as duplicate be appropriate for a story identification question? [duplicate]

I keep seeing this over and over and over in the review queue. Yes, story-idents can have identical answers, but this doesn't make them identical questions. Each person asking remembers different ...
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Are questions duplicate if they share a topic, and a title, but not a medium?

To clarify, if there are two questions that are essentially asking the same basic question, about the same title (in this case The Walking Dead), but each question is asking about a different medium (...
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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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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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Is clarification needed on what makes a duplicate question?

I asked this question on the Nickelodeon series Avatar Would it be possible for some to bend two elements? I linked to a previous question which had inspired it. Right away the first comment I ...
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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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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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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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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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When voting to close, MUST the “already answered” information come from the accepted answer?

When voting to close a question as a duplicate, I have always considered all the answers when noting that the new question has already been answered. I don't necessarily pick the accepted answer on ...
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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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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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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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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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Should we have rules/guidelines for downvotes on duplicate questions?

Prelude: A downvote is supposed - metaphorically - to mean that: The poster did something bad/wrong, and needs to be sent a message to stop doing it The post is bad and needs to be signalled to the ...
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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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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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Are duplicate questions on different SE sites considered “exact duplicates”?

I noticed on Pureferret's question What happened to the Heroes from Diablo 1?, C. Ross mentions that the exact same question was asked on Gaming.SE. I don't think that means the question should be ...
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Is this question a duplicate?

This question probably has the same answer as this other question. (Since the asker has not confirmed the answer, it is not certain that the answer is the same; but the number of TV series from the ...
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Can my question be considered for re-opening?

I asked a question many months ago, Why didn't Geordi and Ro fall through the floor in "The Next Phase" episode of TNG?, and it was closed as a duplicate of How come Patrick Swayze didn&#...
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How do I challenge a question marked as “duplicate” that isn't actually a duplicate?

So this question was recently asked: "Any Recent News on a Foundation (Asimov) Series of Movies?" It's been marked as a duplicate of this previous question: "Have any movies been based on Isaac ...
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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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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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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 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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Can I ask a duplicate question based on requesting new information?

So a few days ago I asked this question regarding the ending differences of the Watchmen book and movie and it was marked as duplicate to a question from 2011 (answered 2011). First off, I'm not ...
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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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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 ...