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Are "duplicate chains" to be avoided when possible?

Hub all the way Basically all that Kevin said for the "dupe philosophy" part. There's also a "technical" thing we have to consider here. We all have SFF accounts, meaning when we ...
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Should we close all questions after the first answer is posted?

I'm going to leave the fact that this seems like a rant aside and assume you're asking with the best intentions of the community in mind. No we shouldn't close questions after one answer is given. It ...
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10 votes
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How to deal with a Post which has two questions in it and one of which may be a duplicate?

When I spot a multi-question question where one or more parts are already duplicates, I generally do three things; 1) Vote to close as "Too Broad". Note that this is the normal action when two or ...
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How can this question be a duplicate of a question that is not at all the same question?

They are duplicates The scope of the original question, "Do Hogwarts Houses have quotas?", is broad enough that to answer it talking about the number of students at Hogwarts seems important, if not ...
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Creating a canonical pronunciation question for ASOIAF/GoT

Too broad? If a question is asking for the pronunciation of ALL character/place names in the Westeros universe, then the answers would be unlikely to all fit in a single answer post (30,000 character ...
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How can this question be a duplicate of a question that is not at all the same question?

The closed question was reopened by 5 voters, and I managed to post an answer to it before it was summarily reclosed by a single voter with a gold badge. As you can see, my answer cites many passages ...
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Are "duplicate chains" to be avoided when possible?

For the purposes of this discussion, I will assume that all three of A, B, and C really should be duplicates; they all ask basically the same question and all have basically the same answer. Where to ...
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How can this question be a duplicate of a question that is not at all the same question?

Of course, you're absolutely correct. "What happens if there's an uneven distribution of student personalities" is in no way, shape, or form the same question as "How many students are there". There's ...
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Should I mark my own question as a dupe in this case?

In this instance, my instinct is to say no. Although the supposed duplicate makes reference to the incident in question (Frodo's stabbing with a "Mordor-knife") it certainly doesn't offer any ...
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Aw, shucks! The frustration is strong in this one

You've said it right there in your edit "The series Soul Rider is indeed the short answer to both questions.". Which makes them duplicates, per our accepted policy Now, there might be subtle ...
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How to deal with a Post which has two questions in it and one of which may be a duplicate?

For a post with two questions, we generally bug the querent to phrase it as two questions and some people with use the "Close as Unclear as to what you're asking" reason. I agree with the first but ...
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How can this question be a duplicate of a question that is not at all the same question?

I'll take one more stab at this Let's imagine a good sample answer to each one. To my mind, you can't get better than an answer which quotes a specific passage in the series under discussion where ...
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How to choose the best hub question: a case study

As you are asking for opinions that can apply to any set of questions, I haven't done more than glance at the examples you linked to. My suggestion is to go with the Q&A pair that best describes ...
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What constitutes the same answer for story-identification questions?

I would say that an answer that specifies a series, and a different answer that specifies a work in that series are not "the same" answer, and normally do not justify closing one as a ...
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What constitutes the same answer for story-identification questions?

I would say that the appropriate test is If one question can be satisfactorily answered by reading the answers to another question then we have a duplicate. If a new question meets this test, it ...
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