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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 open duplicates, we're not automatically redirected when the dupe-target. That doesn't happen when you're‚Äč logged out or don't have an account. If you open a dupe, you're shown ...


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I'm not sure there's an "official" policy, per se, but there does seem to be a general "netiquette" on this topic, which roughly matches with my personal practices: This is the age old Fastest Gun In The West problem. Those who get the answer first should obviously be rewarded for their speed, but if there are instances where users post the same ...


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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 explicitly states on the stats page for Area 51 sites On a healthy site, questions receive multiple answers and the best answer is voted to the top. SFF ...


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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 more questions are posted as a single question. The fact that one part is a dupe is actually irrelevant at this point 2) Comment to explain that multiple ...


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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 to develop an argument that there were many hundreds of students, probably around 800. My answer does not in any way shape or form address whether there are ...


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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 necessary. And that is exactly what has happened here the top and accepted answer has spoken about that. It's been spoken at by length on meta recently so I'll ...


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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 limit?) As such, that hypothetical question sounds like a textbook case of "too broad": Please edit the question to limit it to a specific problem with ...


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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 draw that line has in the past been a contentious subject on this site in particular, but it's also irrelevant to the question, so I won't discuss it further. ...


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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 no need to even look at the answers, it's so blindingly obvious that the questions are different. Answers can be useful in edge cases, where an argument ...


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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 conclusive, definitive proof regarding the identity of the person doing the stabbing, which is the whole point of the earlier question, "Who stabbed Frodo?" Frankly, I'...


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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 nuance that you'd like to share with future readers (such as that your question relates to parts x and y whereas the duplicate only mentions parts a, b and c) but ...


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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 not with the second. I have seen others remove one of the questions to remove the duplicated bit, although that's much worse behavior in my opinion, particularly ...


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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 the question is explicitly answered. So, here is my sample answer to the open question: Yes, there are house quotas. If Harry's name was Zimmers it is ...


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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 the story. That means giving priority to those describing higher level plot features over those that deal only with a specific scene. Questions that are so ...


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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 can safely be closed as a duplicate as it doesn't need to be answered (because the answer is already in the dupe target). I think that, based on that logic, the ...


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