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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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....