In review, I'm seeing a couple subtle changes. First, the wording on the first popup changed to 'This question has been asked before and already has an answer.'(emphasis mine)

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The next dialogue is 'Where has this question been asked and answered?'

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I never give any consideration to whether a duplicate had answers or not. It's either a duplicate question or it isn't. The closest thing to this issue is this meta post about dupes with no accepted answer.

Are we treating flagging, voting, or closing duplicates differently now? If no, why change the wording of the review guidance?

If I re-word my question a bit, 'Do we still close duplicates with no answer?'

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If we are, this is a message from the overlords. I'll search meta. –  jrg Feb 1 '13 at 10:44
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Nothing changed meta.stackexchange.com/questions/133955/… –  jrg Feb 1 '13 at 10:46
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Do we still close duplicates with no answer?

Yes.

If both questions have no answers and one of them provides more detail, do allow some self judgement on which should be the dupe of what.

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But "This question has been asked before and already has an answer" is still confusing even after @jrg's comments and your answer. I'm not sure that the meta.stackoverflow link explains the presence of (and need for) "and already has an answer". –  user25656 Feb 5 '13 at 3:01
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