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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 ...
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Dupe, but mine was first [duplicate]

I asked How did Maz Kanata acquire Luke's lightsaber? and then, 12 hours later, JMFB asked In Star Wars: "The Force Awakens," how could this lightsaber have turned up where it did? which ...
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Why is this question closed as duplicate?

Were the clone troopers aware of the contents and meaning of Order 66? The question is asking if the clones who followed Order 66 were consciously aware of its contents and meaning. The question it ...
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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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I asked a question, in an instant it was a duplicate, I accepted and moved on. Why is the question still there?

I asked a Star Wars question and I got a message claiming what I asked was a duplicate. In an indirect way it was a duplicate, but I found the answer from the mod and the post that he directed me to. ...
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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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Should you be able to be flagged as duplicate by newer post? [duplicate]

This happened to me. And I think it is a bug that it COULD even happen. A user saw my question and spawned a similar question (a more general question). After a user saw the newer question and then ...
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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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Why was this question about Time Turners marked as a duplicate?

I think this question was pulled as a duplicate when it shouldn't have: In HP and PoA, why didnt they take the Minister back in time with the time turner to validate Sirius' innocence? While the ...
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Why was this question tagged as a duplicate? [duplicate]

Okay, so I am very confused and possibly for a simply reason, but to me this makes no sense. The Problem: The question Muggle Borns and Social Workers tagged Feb 14 is marked as a Duplicate Nov 25 ...
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Close Votes on Story Identification query [duplicate]

I recently answered What book has criminals wear a ring?. After answering it, I noticed that the "similar question" area suggested Looking for a book: possibly entitled "The Ring", which is ...
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Two duplicates, which one to close?

Why must Voldemort's body be killed last? and Why should the Horcruxes be destroyed first? Clearly duplicates, one much older than the other, both with good answers. I'm not sure which way to ...
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Should we change the linked duplicate for this question?

This question on Star Wars canon was (appropriately) closed as a duplicate. However, the question linked in the close reason doesn't fully answer the newer question, yet this other previous question ...
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How on Earth has this question been marked as duplicate?

My question has been marked as a duplicate: Why did Voldemort need to drink Unicorn blood? The other question is very generic and is by no means related to my question. Please explain the close ...
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Why has this question been closed as a duplicate when it clearly asking a different question?

My first question on the SciFi exchange has been marked as a duplicate, which it is clearly not. Not only does it reference it's "original" as a means of what prompted the prompted the question and to ...
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This isn't a duplicate

Can my question: Why did Palpatine care about Anakin Skywalker in the Prequels given Palpatine's pretty good Force Vision? be unmarked as a duplicate? It has nothing to do with: Why did Palpatine ...
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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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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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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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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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Should story-identification requests that turn out to be about the same story be marked as duplicate? [duplicate]

This question and this question are about the same book, Profession by Asimov, as evidenced by the accepted answers. There is another question that's probably about the same book as well, but it has ...
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Should these 2 questions be merged?

Should these 2 questions be merged? Is there an official Marvel Cinematic Universe viewing order? Which films should I see before "The Avengers"?
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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 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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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 closed as duplicate?

I had asked Would a lightsaber melt or vaporize a bullet?, which is currently closed as a duplicate of Why would a slug thrower be more effective against a lightsaber/Jedi than a blaster? I do not see ...
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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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How to answer a spotted cross-site duplicate?

I identified https://scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/17795/who-is-glados-saying-goodbye-to-in-portal-2 as a duplicate of gaming.stackexchange's Who is GLaDOS's “only friend” as soon as it was posted....
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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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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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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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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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How to reduce duplicate questions on a growing site?

I posted a question that has been repeatedly asked. I did try to search before I posted but on a site like this one where there is a long history of questions on the subject it was a bit too much to ...
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Are these two questions duplicates?

What is the singular source of Star Wars canonization? How is canonicity of derivative works determined for Star Wars? I think they might be duplicates but for some reason can't quite make up my mind....