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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 it encouraged to delete your own questions if they have possible duplicates?

No DO NOT DO THIS I'm sorry for shouting, but I've wanted to say this to a few people recently; I got a bit excited. There are a couple of reasons you shouldn't do this: Your question may not end ...
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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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Closing Story-Ident questions as duplicates (where there's no acceptance)

story-identification questions should only be closed as duplicates where both answers are accepted, regardless of the similarity between them. (If the OP posts a "yes this is it" comment, that's as ...
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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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Why is the close-as-duplicate policy so aggressive, and should we change it?

Mooz wrote in a comment, If someone asked "Who was Palpatine's last apprentice?", and someone answers "It was Anakin Skywalker" and specifically mentions that "Anakin is Luke's father, by the way", ...
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Why is the close-as-duplicate policy so aggressive, and should we change it?

First, I want to address this issue. We're expecting users who ask a question parse out potentially unrelated questions and scroll through answers possibly consisting of mostly unrelated content ...
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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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Closing Story-Ident questions as duplicates (where there's no acceptance)

If only one question has a known correct answer, then we should leave the other open. My response to the suggestion that we close ‘obvious’ story ID dupes has always boiled down to “Okay, but why?”. ...
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Should we always close the newer question as the duplicate?

Remember that the main point of closing-as-duplicates is to help people find a single source of answers when searching. As such, the preference should be: If one question covers a subset of the ...
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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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Should we always close the newer question as the duplicate?

No. In general, choose the better one to keep open, as long as it is significantly better. There are multiple things and situations to keep in mind: If the newer question has yet to gain answers, ...
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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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Closing Story-Ident questions as duplicates (where there's no acceptance)

I'll post my answer in the form of a question: I have to question what makes a story ID question a duplicate? Is it the answer? I ask because the name of a book could be the answer to several ...
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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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Can I ask a duplicate question based on requesting new information?

You have a few different options Bounty This is the preferred way: post a bounty on the older question. This automatically bumps the question to the top of the front page and puts it in the featured ...
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When voting to close, MUST the "already answered" information come from the accepted answer?

I disagree. Two accepted answers (for two different question) could be nearly identical and yet their respective questions could be dramatically different. I do agree that identical accepted answers ...
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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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