A while back HWE for 14.04 was released and people had a bit of trouble upgrading to the new update. Which is fine and all. However, I came on site today to see this question flagged as dup to this question. I understand the first one is nowhere near appropriate seeing as how this question isn't a "how do I upgrade" but a "why isn't it upgrading" question. Some input on the matter would be nice.
It depends on the flagger. There's no official requirement that the original be older than the duplicate.– muruMar 23, 2015 at 6:32
There are no hard rules on which direction close-dupes and merges should go. Quality should be at least as important as time when choosing a master question.
If there is a lot of time between the questions, it may also be worth considering that they are different issues and closing the new one may not be appropriate.
In this case, there's a difference in quality:
- The master is researched and updated, while the dupe is just an error dump.
- The answers (not yours) on the dupe are fairly low quality (all -1), while each of the master's seems to add something.
- The master's answers also link out to the actual problem on Launchpad.
Objectively, the activity on the master question (despite it being hours newer) is better. I think that's why it's been closed the way it has.