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Closure explanation for duplicates

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 ...
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How can we reduce or avoid "chained" duplicates?

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 ...
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Duplicates sticking around

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. ...
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Does the policy for closing as a duplicate of a broader post apply if that broader post is too broad?

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 ...
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Should the "Is X Kitniyos" questions be flagged as duplicates?

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 ...
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What to do when a new question is a superset of an older answered question?

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 ...
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I don't believe my question is a duplicate. Anything I can do?

I agree that your question, which poses a particular difficulty, is distinct from the post it was duped to, which asks what a phrase means. So, I re-opened your post. Here are some things you can do ...
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What to do when a new question is a superset of an older answered question?

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 ...
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Curbing (potentially) Intentionally Asked Duplicates

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 ...
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duplicate. or not. a case study

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 ...
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Closing as duplicate of broader post

I think that if question B is accused of being a duplicate of question A, and there is at least one answer that is a valid answer to question A that would not be a valid answer to question B, then ...
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