I came across the following question: Merging 2 files based on single column. Even though two answers have been posted already I answered a very similar question already on another stackexchange site: Join (large) files on alphanumeric pattern.

I believe these questions to be duplicates but I can't flag the one here as a duplicate because the questions were posted on different stackexchange sites.

There is often overlap between this site and the more general unix stackexchange site.

In fact the question here is probably more suited on unix.stackexchange.com since it is in no way ubuntu specifc.

Does it make sense to move this question to unix.stackexhange and then mark it as duplicate? Wouldn't it be more convenient and generally useful to be able to mark questions as duplicate across stackexhange sites?



1 Answer 1



They are two different sites with different communities (general *nix / Linux folks and Ubuntu folks); the question was posted here and is on-topic here.

Many people seem to think that it's mandatory to organize questions on SE sites based on the "better fit"; while this is something one should think about when posting, as long as the question is on-topic on the site where it was posted is fine there.

On the intra-network duplicates proposal: while it's undeniable that some topics overlap (and that sometimes there are exact duplicates between the sites), no user from each community should be obligated to attend both sites (although many, as me, do); it's nice to have a single place to visit to ask for help / help.

This also would introduce complexity; what would have you done if there was a, say, BSD-specific answer on that question? Closing as duplicate would have made no sense. Should everyone look up all of the answers and see if there is an answer fitting Ubuntu before closing?

Intra-network duplicates have been proposed many times, expecially on Meta.SE, and never went through; IMO, they just make no sense, each community has its own value of Q/As and closing as duplicate across sites introduces complexity. I don't think we need that.

Also the problem is easily solvable by other means:

  • If you were the original poster of the question on one site, feel free to post in on another site. It's your contribution (so you "own" it) and you deserve the reputation as well.
  • If you were not the original poster of the question on one site, feel free to post it on another site as a CW post, with a proper attribution, as I did here.
  • Excellent point about another site being a "better fit" doesn't override the OP's choice unless the question is actually off-topic. Official network-wide policy agrees with you--see the Respecting your own community section of this post by Shog9. Commented Aug 16, 2017 at 11:18

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .