I've been taking some flak recently for posting duplicate/similar answers to questions that are similar, rather than noting that a duplicate answer may exist, and vtc.
I've reviewed some of the 642 posts here regarding this subject, and I'm not sure that I found anything other than complex opinions. So my real question is... Is there a written formal policy on how to handle duplicate questions/answers on Ask Ubuntu?
I have my own opinion on this subject, but I'll start by asking readers to review the comments in unable to detect wireless after installing ubuntu 16.10: Broadcom bcm43212.
One might condense one answer that I've been given as... "we don't want to clog up Ask Ubuntu with similar answers... so mark it as a dup question and reference a dup answer".
One problem that I see with marking as a dup, and providing a link, is that many times the link doesn't answer the specifics of the current question. Case in point, the BCM43212. The dup link refered to makes no mention of the BCM43212, and even if you went off of the device ID (which wasn't identified in the OP), you'd get a call out to an obsolete driver quoted in 2011. Wrong answer.
I'll try and keep this short...
I see 6 possible answers to any given question...
- no answer at all
- a brand new answer to a brand new question
- a similar question marked as having a dup answer, link provided
- a similar question having the same/similar answer
- a similar question marked as dup, link provided, and having a same/similar answer
- wrong answer
I'm not sure that considering items 2-5 should be considered as different. The question got answered.