I am quite new to this site. My question is what is the first thing you do when you find a Question that is posted by a new user and you know how to answer it.

Do you check if it is a duplicate of a all ready answered question or do you just answer it with out checking if it is a duplicate question.


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The process I use for answering questions goes something like this:

  • Is it off-topic? (Then vote to close.)
  • Does it sound familiar? (If I've seen something similar, I will try to hunt it down.)
  • Does anything similar show up in the sidebar?

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If my answer to all of those is "no", then I don't consider any further effort to be warranted in searching for duplicates and I begin composing an answer.

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    This. You'll eventually develop a "feel" for if a question is a duplicate or not. If you're not sure you can always ask in Ask Ubuntu Chat too.
    – Seth
    Commented Nov 13, 2015 at 2:08
  • I usually do the same ^ what seth suggested
    – Ravan
    Commented Nov 13, 2015 at 2:16
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    In addition I often perform a Google site search (site:askubuntu.com <searchterm>) for finding duplicates. This often reveals much more related questions and answers with possible duplicates showing up on top of the search results.
    – Takkat
    Commented Nov 13, 2015 at 7:26

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