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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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What will happen when all questions are asked?

Over time, obviously more and more questions are asked on this site, and such, many people have the same questions, which are then considered duplicates, but eventually by way of law, eventually we ...
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Do we need a canonical partition recovery question? How shall we make it?

We have many questions about how to recover a whole partition. Typically it's an NTFS partition, destroyed by telling Ubiquity to install Ubuntu using the entire disk instead of alongside other ...
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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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Don't be too eager to answer a question you know the answer of

Readme This question is not a personal complaint towards anyone. That's the reason I'd rather not give examples and I don't think I need to. The question is a call to be a bit more aware of what we ...
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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 read -and think- before you mark as a dupe

I believe in the voting system, but not as a result of this: A while ago, this question was asked. In short, in a multi- monitor setup, OP wants to have new windows appear on the screen he is ...
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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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Dupe but no dupe

Marking/closing questions as a duplicate is a delicate subject, and there is a thin line between whether a post is a duplicate or not. This one however hurts my eyes. While OP clearly mentions he ...
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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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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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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 general ...
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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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Should we have a blanket question for “Is this hardware compatible with Ubuntu?”

I know shopping recommendations are off-topic, but I think "Is this hardware compat" or "What hardware is compat" could have a useful answer that links to the Canonical certified hardware page. A ...
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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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How can a new user escalate an old unanswered question?

This question comes via an anonymous submission to Ask Slashdot: The problem with "Ask Ubuntu" Say a new user has a problem, searches Ask Ubuntu and the UNIX site for a solution, and comes across an ...
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What's your view on marking historical questions as dupes of your question?

I had posted a question (How do I setup keyboard macros?) because I couldn't find a dupe of it with an answer. About an hour later I found a solution and answered my own question. Now my quandary... ...
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Can I remove my own question with answers, as duplicate

I asked this question by searching the site and started a bounty to get the attention of the members. Later I found this which is exactly similer as my question and the answer worked for me. Can I ...
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Thoughts on migrating Answer from duplicate question to original question?

I've spent probably two hours finely crafting an answer here: (Bandwidth Monitoring) However the question I'm answering is being flagged (with 2 close votes) as a duplicate of this Q&A: (How to ...
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The question is the same as mine, the accepted answer does not apply to me, how can I raise my own case?

In a post the question describes perfectly my situation but the answers (one of which is accepted) do not work for me. I imagine that the post will not attract any answers any longer. On the one ...
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Can I downvote answers for a duplicate question?

On stackoverflow, in my days at least, not active anymore, there was a rule which forbids answering duplicate questions (and most low quality or spam questions). Answering such questions is a try to ...
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What defines the dupe?

We need a sharp definition of a dupe I always had it quite sharp why and when I marked as a dupe, and always kept an eye on how others voted to close as a dupe. Although accidents unavoidably happen ...
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Seek the difference

Not trying to start a dispute here, but I need clarity: I ran into this question: How to record bash terminal output without suppressing the terminal output?, in which OP asks how to save terminal ...
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Duplicates on other sites

As Unix and Linux Stack Exchange has just reached beta I noticed this question: Nano syntax highlighting for C# and/or ASP.Net duplicated here: https://unix.stackexchange.com/questions/454/nano-syntax-...
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Duplicates must have at least one upvoted answer

So, how come I can duplicate this with this? Just curious really, is it because the same person asked the question? Anyone know why? FYI I can't just do it to any question So it is something ...
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Answering Duplicate questions

I have noticed that some users are answering questions that are exact duplicate, specially the ones that have a comment pointing to the duplicate. Is there a way to stop this? I mean the system ...
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“Dupes” accross StackExchange sites - How to treat them?

A few seconds ago a first time user of AU asked a question (on AU), which was promptly and correctly answered by @terdon. That question had an exact dupe, equally well answered by @Guss, earlier on ...
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We have a dupe of a dupe [closed]

Title says it all. This question is marked as a dupe of this question, which is marked as a dupe of this question :P