I noticed this question on askubuntu MultiBoot with Multiple Persistent partitions has many nearly identical answers & comments as this UbuntuForums post Thread: Multi Boot with Multiple Persistent Partitions.

Is there some automated cloning mechanism that copies & updates some questions/threads?

Or is it just users answering two sites themselves? I suspect it's this one, but since neither page mentions the other it seemed unusual, thought I'd ask here.

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This is the fault of users duplicating things - there's no cloning between here and Ubuntu Forums.

That said, some users just blindly copy things from one site to here without attribution, which is frowned upon - that's why the user here might not match the user on Ubuntu Forums.

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    At some point someone might have thought: oh this might be a good question on askubuntu and then PM the users that answered to post their answer. Upvotes and accepted answer rakes in some easy rep.
    – Rinzwind
    Commented Aug 1, 2017 at 13:52
  • Which is hilarious, because rep isn't real :)
    – RolandiXor
    Commented Aug 2, 2017 at 8:45
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    Thanks, it was the "without attribution" part that was the most confusing. I've seen bad websites basically copying & stealing stackexchange information before, but ubuntu forums isn't one of those. (Was almost a toss-up to pick a correct answer, but user error takes it. Both answers get upvoted though, since @RolandiXor is pretty much right )
    – Xen2050
    Commented Aug 4, 2017 at 1:41
  • It should be noted that in this case both the OP and one answering user match on the two sites. :) Commented Aug 8, 2017 at 20:01

I regularly see the same question asked by the same user in both places. I think they believe that it increases the chance for a good answer as more eyes see it. It probably does. I can't blame them for trying.

In fact, in my particular area of limited expertise, there are several users that are frequent answerers at both places as well. Because of this, a question posted at both places may get a few new eyes, but not all new eyes.

If I can answer the question at askubuntu and then see the exact same question at ubuntuforums, I answer there by referring the user to my answer at askubuntu.

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