This question was prompted by the results of a normal dupe search on this question.
I discovered 2 possible duplicates as listed below and my first thought was that they should be merged.
However after close examination it's pretty clear that the answers in Duplicate 1 while having historical value are out of date. Duplicate 2 has more current answers, although the accepted answer refers directly to an answer to Duplicate 3?
So what should be done to cleanup this rather confusing mess in order to be most effective in assisting current users? What criteria should we be using to determine merge candidates?
It's not my intent to waste moderator time by suggesting merges that don't make sense but I do feel it's important that the end user be able to locate current answers that work.
Some of the things I think are worthy of discussion in this regard are as follows:
Age of the Answers: Are any of them currently on topic? I.E. Should Q & A's regarding EOL versions be included or skipped?
Referal: If answers in one question refer to answers in another question (or questions) is that something to be considered when determining a merge request?
Bad Plan: Is it just a bad plan to go through the merging process at a certain point and better to try to develop a canonical answer and simply mark all the merge candidates as a duplicate of that?