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That's a good question, but it's been asked already here on Mi Yodeya Meta. Now, suppose this answer I'm penning is unclear to you or incomplete. Wouldn't it be better for me to write it as an answer to the older question instead, where you can read preexisting answers also, and to link you there? And wouldn't it be better for future readers to read all the ...


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The close banner you mentioned: This question has been asked before and already has an answer. If those answers do not fully address your question, please ask a new question. is shown to the public readers except the asker. This is presumably because they can't (and generally shouldn't) edit the question to clarify the difference. The asker actually ...


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I can answer from my own experience here. I think I've asked one question which proved to be a duplicate, and I think the reason for my mistake was that I don't know how to read Hebrew, and I'm not familiar with the technical terminology. If you only read English, and if you don't know the proper terminology, it is difficult to sort out which questions ...


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There is a grace period after a question is put on hold during which an answer that was started before the question was put on hold can still be submitted. The rather-old MSE post I linked to says this grace period is around 4 hours, but my own observation has been that it's somewhere around 30-60 minutes nowadays. Also, apparently the mobile client (I don'...


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Sometimes people ask the same question in very different ways. Duplicates act as signposts. Often when I'm searching a site for a question, the top result isn't the question itself but a duplicate -- because I and that asker happened to use the same language. So the duplicate leads me to the original, but I might not have found the original at all ...


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First, here is what the documentation says about downvotes: When should I vote down? Use your downvotes whenever you encounter an egregiously sloppy, no-effort-expended post, or an answer that is clearly and perhaps dangerously incorrect. What does that mean with respect to duplicate questions? Each user will evaluate this a little differently, but here ...


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As Scimonster points out in an answer to a similar question, Mi Yodeya content, just like all Internet content, could get deleted or altered, with one of posts linked in that question being a case in point. Therefore, if you want to write an answer based on another Mi Yodeya answer, even your own, you should include sufficient actual content in the new ...


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I agree that "chained duplicates" are undesirable, since it means that a person who finds one end of the chain via search will then have to click through multiple links to get to the base, answered question. One remedy: If you see a question that's closed as a duplicate of another question, that is itself a duplicate of a third question, you can flag the ...


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In many cases, due to their different phrasing, they help users to find an answer, as it can be read on StackExchange Meta: Should duplicates be deleted? In general, no: most duplicates stay around. Having multiple copies of the same question with different wording is useful as search fodder, because people looking for an answer may use different wording ...


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It's not uncommon for this to happen. The initial course of action is obvious, up-vote the new (and better) post. Folks can readily see that it is newer, unless it's buried on a second page of answers. If that happens, then you're probably going to need to look at why the question got so many answers to begin with. It's not always a bad sign, but it's worth ...


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If an answer was obviously created in good faith, it's a shame to waste the author's time by removing it. Good-faith answers can reiterate one another to some extent, especially if they're created at nearly the same time. The best one can rise to the top. Answers that lend nothing new to questions that have long been answered should be judiciously pruned ...


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My bad - a fix will be pushed out in the next build, > rev 2013.2.21.516.


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It seems like a bad idea to close a question as a duplicate of another question that's closed for any reason. The point of closing as a duplicate is to direct people interested in the new manifestation of the question to another post where an older manifestation is already getting answers. If the target post is closed then by definition it's not getting ...


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My apologies. This will be fixed in the next production build, > rev 2013.2.7.1394.


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The questions you propose are not the same as the existing question, and answers to the existing question needn't also answer your proposed questions. So, it seems clear to me that the questions you propose would be related to, but not dupes of, the existing question.


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Is this considered duplicate? No. I just looked briefly for a canonical Meta Stack Overflow post or Stack Exchange Blog post that says so directly and couldn't find one, but, nonetheless, closure as duplicate is for duplication of a question, not of things mentioned in answers. (Sometimes having the same answer is an indication questions may be duplicates. ...


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In hypothetical #1, we have in the past sometimes closed the earlier, worse-asked question, if it was objectively badly asked. (By "objectively" I mean only "even without comparing it to the newer question".) I think that's a reasonable thing to do. Just my opinion. I'm posting answers to your various hypotheticals separately so people can vote on them ...


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I unmerged the question, but unfortunately that does not restore comments. It's also still marked as a duplicate of a deleted question, so at the very least it ought to be reopened and (potentially) closed for some other reason. I don't know off the top of my head why this isn't an option for moderators. Perhaps it's because merges are intended to be rather ...


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I'll suggest an alternative: If it would be reasonable to expect that an ideally complete answer to A would not necessarily address B, then B is not a duplicate of A. If this distinction is not inherently obvious, but B makes an explicit, reasonable case for it, then B is not a duplicate of A. So: A: May one eat rabbits? B: May one eat rabbits on ...


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I'm not sure if this generalizes to all such cases, but in many such cases, especially before any answers have been posted to the new question, the best thing to do is to edit the new question to link to the old question and focus on what the new question adds to the discussion. So, for example, I'd alter the new question you linked to something like Why is ...


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While I think you have understood the policy in general, I'm not sure it should apply in this case. Knowing how to define kitniyos does not necessarily mean that you know whether an individual item is kitniyos. Indeed, after reading all three answers to that question I still have no idea whether any specific items are kitniyos or not. If the broad question ...


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For a true superset, close as a duplicate until any duplicate parts are removed (or edited to reference/summarize as in Isaac's answer). Duplication is to reduce redundant effort. This fits the bill exactly. It's also not permanent for cases like this. Consider if "What's the blessing on apples and oranges?" was asked after "What's the blessing on oranges?"...


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What would stop someone evil like me from finding good, unanswered questions, and asking very similar ones, and getting reputation from it, because no one can flag it as a dupe? Nothing, really, but most often if someone does it too often he'll also be asking poorly-written questions that won't get many upvotes (and eventually can get him barred from asking ...


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You can favorite it (click the star next to the question) and keep track of activity on your favorite questions.


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It's not lost. Answers on duplicate questions can be migrated by a mod to the 'main' question (it's called a question merger). If you see a case where a merge is appropriate, feel free to flag it for moderator attention and explain what you want done. In this case you've already posted your answer to both so I think we'll just leave it for now. Also note ...


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In hypothetical #4, well, that doesn't come up very often, I don't think, so maybe I should just address the specific case. (I'm also retagging this Meta question with the "specific-question" tag, since it's partially about a specific question.) In my opinion, in this case, we should edit the old question so it's about translations (which would I think make ...


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In hypotheticals #2 and #3, I think we should close the later, more specific question if (a) it is a poorly asked/worded question (so people are more likely to read and answer it at the earlier question) or (b) it (the specific question) is already addressed in an answer at the earlier question (so leave a signpost instead of making people read the ...


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If @Shokhet is correct, this seems like an obvious solution. If the original questioner has deleted his account, why not move or merge comments (if possible) to the newer person's question? Furthermore, rather than marking the new question as a duplicate, I think you should even delete the old question altogether. The writer is no longer active, the question ...


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Let's see…. When blogging/emailing/etc., do I use "God" or "G-d"? asks just "Is there a religious problem with typing out the name: 'G-o-d'?". Deleting files containing G-d's Name / taking the host device into the bathroom asks about God's name in a file (not visible): deleting such a file or bringing it into a bathroom. So do ...


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It seems to me that the two questions are asking basically the same thing. How can a man avoid getting into an issue with kiddushin when sending a woman a gift? The example in the newer question is slightly more specific, but it's the same thing. It could be that you have two different sources for this type of question. That sounds kind of normal. Could you ...


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