Questions tagged [duplicates]

Any two or more questions which cover the same topics and/details and can be answered by one of the existing questions.

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Should we pay more attention to self-answered questions when considering flagging them as duplicates?

This is the second time I've submitted a self-answered question and found that it had been closed and marked as a duplicate of two questions that didn't actually apply. As one would imagine, this is ...
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I think my question got mistakenly marked as a duplicate, help?

In order to help explain the difference between Ubuntu, its flavors, unofficial remixes, and unofficial derivatives, I created a self answered question called "Ubuntu, Ubuntu Flavors, Ubuntu ...
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What is a duplicate?

This question was marked and closed as a duplicate: Ubuntu Server 20.04.4 LTS is unable to detect Wi-Fi adapter The closure pointed to this as the duplicate: My wireless/WiFi connection does not work. ...
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"Errors on boot" duplicate questions

I have noticed a lot of questions lately about generic "errors on boot" (ACPI warnings and such). Here are some that came up since June 1st: How to fix these errors during boot? Strange ...
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Duplicate questions about Slack v4.27.154

It appears that Slack v 4.27.154, which was released 3 days ago, isn't working for some users, and the official workaround from Slack support is to downgrade to an older version. We right now have 4 ...
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What do we do with these 5 questions about Software Center from today?

Snapcraft is having some firewall issues today, resulting in issues with the Snap Store crashing. As a result, we now have five questions asking about crashing Software app, all from today. Ubuntu ...
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Copy a screenshot of an area to clipboard

No, I don't want to copy the screenshot of an area to the clipboard. But these users do: How to get back previous screenshot functionality on 22.04? Screenshot selection in 22.04 "Copy a ...
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Would it be useful to allow Meta duplicates after a certain amount of time?

Regarding the main Ask Ubuntu site, there are two Meta questions here that I found that mention "time" and "duplicates": Primarily: Would it be useful to allow duplicates after x ...
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Why was my question closed as a duplicate?

Why was my question Installing python: who is deadsnakes and why should I trust them? closed as a duplicate of Are PPAs safe to add to my system and what are some "red flags" to watch out ...
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Question correctly flagged as duplicate, should I delete it?

I asked a question yesterday How to launch a long-running Python code in a Docker container running on a remote server and then it crossed my mind that maybe the question was off-topic Is this ...
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Duplicate question one with a (unaccepted) answer the other with none

I came accross to very similar questions. The first is older, the comments on the question helped the Q find its own A. But the Answer was never marked as excepted: Cannot print from LibreOffice, but ...
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Cannot flag as duplicate if there are no upvoted or accepted answers

I have found OP1 (from 2019) How to Set Different Layouts for 2 Keyboards and OP2 Can I Set Different Languages to 2 Keyboards? (recent), which is an obvious dupe of OP1. I mean to flag OP1 as a dupe, ...
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How to deal with low quality/duplicate questions which already have comments/answers?

I'm fairly new to Ask Ubuntu, but I'm noticing a lot of low quality questions, along the lines of: "wifi doesnt work" & "ubuntu overheating" which are very similar to other ...
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Are duplicate questions hidden now?

It seems to me that questions closed as duplicate are hidden now. They are visible only to the post author and users with the close/reopen votes privilege. That means that these questions will not be ...
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Should these VMware questions be re-closed as duplicates?

This is a follow-up to Kulfy's question Can these VMWares be un-merged? The requested unmerge was done, and questions closed against the former merge target were reopened. Attempts were made to close ...
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Requesting reopening specific question incorrectly closed as a duplicate of question closed as too broad

Remove audio from mp4 file is asking a specific question and demonstrates that user tried to find a solution. It was closed as duplicate of What's video converters are available for Ubuntu? ...
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Mass duplicate flagging of "What kernel version does ubuntu X ship with?"

I propose that these questions: Determine which kernel ships with which Ubuntu version 4.0.6 kernel in which ubuntu version? what kernel version comes with ubuntu 10.04.1? What kernel version comes ...
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Guidance does not exist here [duplicate]

So I have a problem with my VirtualBox Windows 7 64 guest. It seems that it does not recognize the GPU. While researching the problem I cam across this post .... Enable CUDA GPU working under VM ... ...
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Duplicate vs Linked vs Related. Best practice for site navigation

I believe that it is very beneficial for related questions to be linked together for easy navigation. When you use the duplicate tag, it has the benefit of linking questions together even if the ...
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Duplicate may be duplicate of a question, but not the one it was marked as a dupe of

I installed lubuntu desktop thru the terminal but my laptop reboots still as ubuntu was marked as duplicate of Using multiple desktop environments Compare the questions and the answers. In the first ...
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Is it OK to mark a question as a dupe when the OP might require significant additional knowledge to use the answers to the existing question?

Disclaimer: I answered the question that I believe was incorrectly marked as a duplicate. This question, in which the OP accidentally changed the permissions of one system directory, was marked as a ...
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Where do I find the links for duplicate questions?

In general, where are links to duplicate questions located when a post is tagged as a duplicate? This link is just an example of one of the many times I've been unable to find the duplicate: Where ...
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Could somebody remove the "duplicate" mark that was wrongly applied to my question?

My question is clearly not a duplicate of this other one, because the solutions are completely different. Could somebody remove the [duplicate] mark?
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Is reverse voting or merging a solution in this case?

I just read a question, Is there a command to factory reset Ubuntu? (asked in Dec '16) which was closed as a duplicate of Resetting Ubuntu to factory settings (asked in Feb '15) back in Aug '18. But ...
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What is better: Answering questions from OPs edit by a contributor or motivating OP to write his own answer?

Just a moment ago I came across this question Ubuntu 18.04, complex network configuration with Netplan. OP solved his problem on his own and added that in the question body. However, Thomas Ward added ...
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"Marked as duplicate" should include a link to the duplicate(s) and not just "Ask a new question"

At the top of the question, we have: and at the bottom we have Sometimes the question can be very long and these two boxes can be very far apart. If you come from somewhere else (for example, via ...
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Why is it allowed for an older question to be marked as a duplicate of a newer question?

This is my question, asked way back in 2010 with a lot of upvotes and many useful answers. In late July of this year it was marked as a duplicate of this question, filed in 2013. Why was this done? ...
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Duplicate, remove the original or the duplicate

There is an original question that has an answer that is deprecated. And now there is a duplicate question that has an answer. Which question should persist? Duplicate question: Network unclaimed ...
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Possibly similar question (or even accounts)?

Either it's a coincidence or intentional, I saw two similar questions of LibreOffice right now: Convert .ods document to .docx document Converting .ods to .docx file Apparently, both OPs have also ...
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Shouldn't the system prevent accidental verbatim duplicates?

This question is a verbatim duplicate of that question. They had the same title and body (until one of them was edited), are by the same author, and appear to have been posted within the same second, ...
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Please un-mark my question a duplicate

I recently asked the question at [1] which was marked as a duplicate. So I edited the question to explain explicitly how it is distinct from the linked question. No one has un-marked it as a duplicate ...
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It asks something different, and it needs a different answer, so can we reopen it?

Edit: question reopened. Thanks :) Can you have too much swap? is closed as a duplicate of I have 16GB RAM. Do I need 32GB swap? But the first question is asking what problems might arise from ...
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Among these 3 duplicate questions, which should be the `root`?

I want to mark the following three questions as duplicates, but I can't decide which one should be the 'root'. All of them are related to the usage of the Esc key in a Custom Shortcut within Unity. ...
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Closing against "Unity doesn't load. No launcher, no Dash appears"

We have this canonical post: Unity doesn't load, no Launcher, no Dash appears Apparently this has been a common problem and this question currently has around ~480 linked posts, many of which ...
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Should questions be closed as duplicates based on warnings when the actual issue and error messages are unrelated to the linked question?

In the past days and much more frequently than before I came across questions in the close queue that were in review to be closed as a duplicate of How can I fix apt error “W: Target Packages … is ...
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Remove the impossibility to mark a bountied question as a dupe?

At the occasion of this question, but there are many, many more examples where I notice a question which is bountied, but still a straightforward dupe. We then have to wait seven days to actually mark ...
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Failed first post audit by flagging as a duplicate. Is it correct?

While reviewing the first posts queue, I failed the following audit: https://askubuntu.com/review/first-posts/799873 After I looked at the question, I just thought: “That must have been answered ...
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How do I respond to my question being marked as a duplicate when it clearly isn't?

I have a question about my Ask Ubuntu post: apt-get upgrade fails I'm posting about this problem because my question was marked as a duplicate when it clearly isn't a duplicate of the linked question....
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Is there a way to remove a "wrong" duplicate flag from a question? [duplicate]

Recently I have found a question which I believe is wrongly marked as a duplicate of another one. The other question looks very similar and partially addresses the issues raised by the current ...
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About retracted flags and the comment persisting

Case in point: How do I convert my usb installation from legacy boot to uefi? By mistake I flagged as duplicate but later on noticed it was about Elementary OS. Retracted but the comment persists?
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Overarching driver question?

I'm seeing a lot of questions related to fixing missing drivers and I've asked many myself and they've never been answered. I assume, now, that this is because the solution is really same and sort of ...
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Why am I not mentioned in the “marked as duplicate” label? [duplicate]

Yesterday I flagged number of loopback addresses as a duplicate of How to add a loopback interface?, and as far as I can tell from the automatic comment I was the first and only one to do so. Now that ...
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Me-too post? Or partial answer?

Where do we draw the line between "I'm having the same problem, too" posts and partial answers? This answer and its comments are what have motivated me to ask this. But I'm hoping for a ...
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Why does an AskUbuntu question mirror a UbuntuForums.org thread?

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 ...
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Question marked as duplicate - what to do?

Recently one of my questions have been marked as a duplicate: What is the difference between /etc/profile and .bashrc I believe this question has been mistakenly marked as a duplicate because the ...
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Is it okay to both answer and mark a question as duplicate?

When I find that a question is duplicate, I just caste a vote to close it. But sometimes I've got another answer to that question, in that case first I vote to close then I post my answer on the ...
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Messages to close voters in questions: are they OK?

It is occasional practice of some users to place message along the lines CLOSE VOTERS: please don't close this as duplicate because it is not because A,B,C. My question is this: Are we OK with ...
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Does generality matter when voting to close as duplicate?

In this particular question a high reputation user has edited the post to prevent close votes. The particular quote: To the close voters The question below does not ask for window positioning in ...
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Please don't be too eager to delete duplicates

On the occasion of this question, about losing rep over deletion of this one Rubbish does not belong on the site. After a question has been marked as unclear, off-topic or too broad, one might ...
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Formal policy on duplicate/similar answers for similar questions on Ask Ubuntu?

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 ...
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