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Does this Meta policy overrule our Meta?

I'd reckon the closest thing we have to an official, network-wide policy on duplicates is found in the 2010 blog post, "Dr. Strangedupe: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying And Love Duplication&...
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Is a user allowed to ask the same question twice if they didn't get an answer the first time?

Thanks for raising this. As Kevin said, the usual policy on story-ID duplication (both must be answered and have confirmation that the answer is correct) doesn't apply for this type of scenario. I don'...
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Handling questions that will be duplicates once answered

The fact that you have to go through such convoluted (il)logic in order to convince yourself that the questions are duplicates is actually a blazingly bright sign that THE QUESTIONS ARE NOT ...
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Why are we still arguing over duplicates?

Why is this issue so contentious? Apparently, people have strong feelings over duplication. Some people feel that duping practice on SFF is far too restrictive, that many questions are getting closed ...
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Duplicate policy and intensive workload due to it

On our general policy This site's current (most recent) policy on duplication, and specifically on whether or not answers can make questions duplicates, may be found here (emphasis mine): To avoid ...
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Should distracting answers to duplicate questions be deleted?

No. Moderators should absolutely not be arbitrarily deleting answers on questions that are marked as duplicates. The answer might contain useful information that could be added as a future answer to ...
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What does closing a Question as a Duplicate actually do?

Duplication is a type of closure, but it's less punitive than other types. We close questions as duplicates. The option to mark it as a duplicate is found under the list of vote-to-close options, for ...
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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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Just because a question has been asked and answered does it make it correct?

Science Fiction and Fantasy Stack Exchange has bad habit of marking a question as duplicate solely for the reason that it has been asked before. THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT "DUPLICATE" MEANS! A question is ...
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Is a user allowed to ask the same question twice if they didn't get an answer the first time?

For Stack Exchange in general: We didn't put "already has an answer" into the flag description. That's a network-wide requirement: Dupe targets must have an upvoted or accepted answer, "with the ...
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How should I avoid overzealous editing of question in the future?

The only prevention advice I can give you is to read over your question before submitting, and make sure that both the title and body are: Asking the question you intended to ask Asking the same ...
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Changing the dupe target

As a gold badge holder in story-identification you can directly edit the duplicates list without opening/closing the question. Click on the "Edit" button in the upper right corner of the ...
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Best handling for "dupe groups" within [story-identification] questions?

The duplication target should always be the better question1 First, it’s probably worth noting that selecting the better question as a duplication target is both SE consensus (as well as the consensus ...
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Why are some of my questions marked as duplicate when they are not?

You've posted a total of six questions which have been closed as duplicate and later deleted. (Each of them was closed either by a moderator or the holder of a gold harry-potter tag badge. While not ...
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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?

Mark it as duplicate It’s not worth it to have two different questions for two different canons. Would we want one question about the Doctor Who television series, another about the audio serials, ...
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How do we resolve this supposed dupe situation?

It's a different question, which has a different answer, and it should be reopened (again). The original question is basically saying "Coulson was resurrected in MCU TV, why isn't he in the other MCU ...
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Can we dupe-close Story IDs when confirmation is given by what looks like the OP’s second account?

Since I closed this question: Sci-fi novel series with older people transferring their minds into younger bodies as a duplicate of this one: Book series my dad told me about. It involves space ...
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About closing "first example" questions as duplicates

Of course, you're right. Requests for the first example of X can't be duplicates of each other when the two X are different, even if one of them is a particular type of the other. The only case when ...
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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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Is deduplication possible?

Yes. In exactly the same way as for any other kind of closed question: click the reopen button. (Users with less than 250 reputation won't see this button at all; users like you with between 250 and ...
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Why was my question about Hagrid's parents closed?

The top answer to the duplicate question specifically answers your question; Was Hagrid the product of a consensual pairing? If you're worried about whether Hagrid's father did it voluntarily, be ...
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Should we prefer questions with accepted answers when closing identification requests as duplicate?

No Comments are fine to be used for closing as a duplicate, all that matters is that we have confirmation. This is because not all users know that you can accept an answer, especially new users (and ...
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Why was this Infinity Stone question about Thanos closed as duplicate?

I've given this discussion some time, and examined everything objectively (i.e. without paying attention to who wrote what). There have been some spurious arguments put forward, and also some ...
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Where's the duplicate?

It's a serious bug, but already reported on main meta and devs are looking at it: Closed as a duplicate, but the duplicate list is empty? Here's hoping it'll be fixed as soon as possible. In the ...
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Just because a question has been asked and answered does it make it correct?

The quality of answers is taken into account There is no requirement to close the newer question. Closing as duplicates should be based on question (and answer) quality. According to a CM in this ...
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Reopening Duplicated Question - Start creating Rules for tagging a question

Your specific question I'd rather not comment on this, since I never got into the Star Wars franchise. My gut feeling is to agree with you that it's not a duplicate, and if I weren't a mod I would ...
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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?

Since the OP of the second question has openly acknowledged that it's a duplicate, I have no hesitation in closing it as such. Per my comment; Please don't intentionally create duplicates. If you ...
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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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Posting a dummy answer to enable duplicate closure

No, do not do this! Doing anything to “trick” the system to do something you otherwise wouldn’t be able to do is always a big no no. Adding to that voting in this manner should be certainly frowned ...
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Are duplicate questions encouraged?

No intentionally creating a duplicate is not encouraged for whatever reason. Duplicates can be good in that they aid searches and a well worded duplicate is still a good question but that does not ...
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