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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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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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How to handle duplicate answers that add nothing?

I'm not talking about exact copying, failure to give credit, or one person passing off another person's answer as their own. Rather, I'd like to know what the best practice is when one user answers a ...
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What is the canonical Ruby on Rails question?

Writing these down before we forget. We have a bunch: Best way to Install Ruby 1.9, Rails 3, Postgres, Heroku, GitHub, Using RVM? How do I set up Ruby on Rails? Step by step guide to install Ruby on ...
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Finding questions that other questions have been closed as a dupe of

Is there a way to find questions with a high closed as dupe points here count? If there were, I think it would be a great way to get a list of questions for people with close-votes without as much ...
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Why do we close duplicate questions?

I know that on AskUbuntu, we close duplicate questions. What is the reason that we do that? Is it to narrow the amount of questions that exist on the site that way users don't need to sift through 20 ...
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Can older questions be closed as duplicates of newer questions in special circumstances on meta?

Here on meta, sometimes issues arise, and then arise again later as circumstances change. Is it appropriate, in such a situation, to close older questions about a topic as duplicates of a newer ...
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What are common canonical questions for our site?

So according to the Gospel of Spolsky 13:4, a core mission of Stack Exchange communities is to stop re-answering the same questions, and instead build a library of canonical answers. When general ...
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Why post a comment about a duplicate question?

Aren't we suppose to flag duplicate questions instead of posting comments about possible duplicates. Or it is the best practice to post a comment in addition to flagging a question as duplicate?
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Closed as exact duplicate -> where is the solution?

Mu question Can I do an install onto a 4GB usb stick which is smaller than the recommended installation size? was closed as exact duplicate with a url to possible duplicate answer. Currently I have ...
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What should we point duplicates of “how to upgrade while skipping in-between releases” to?

I've noticed that there seem to be a lot of questions which basically ask, "how can I upgrade my Ubuntu installation directly from version x to version z, skipping version(s) y in between?" There ...
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What's this question duped to?

This question is closed as a duplicate, but as a duplicate of what?
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Conflicting information on how to treat duplicate questions

When I found a duplicate question recently, I noticed some conflicting information on how new users like myself should handle such. On Privileges - Cast Close and Reopen Votes it says that: If ...
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What's the canonical “how do I downgrade?” question?

Today we got this one: How to downgrade Ubuntu? Which I knew was a dupe, but we have a bunch of these: downgrading ubuntu from 11.10 to 10.04 Downgrade Ubuntu 11.10 to older release (8.10) This ...
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Can we get an inbox message when a question we ask is marked as a duplicate?

I posted a question on askubuntu, unfortunately it was a duplicate of a previous question (I did search, sorry!). However, I came back a few times over the next few days to check the homepage to see ...
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What can we do about high traffic duplicates?

Upgrade Ubuntu 10.04 to 11.04 is a duplicate question, merged with the more general How to Upgrade from a very old release to the latest. The problem? How to Upgrade has about nine thousand views. ...
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Where is the link to the original question when a question is closed as a duplicate?

I've looked for how to remove the unity dock from my new installation and have found two answers that were closed as exact duplicates of previous questions. What previous questions? Please update ...
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question about “download[ing] packages for offline installation” incorrectly closed as duplicate

This question has been closed as a duplicate of this question. But I do not believe they are really asking the same thing. I think that the recent question is asked in a way that is unfortunately not ...
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Answer aglomerate, group of possible solutions for a frequent question

Is there a better way to answer the "upgraded and my 'random graphics maker string here' driver stopped working" (or any other derivatives of hardware category as long as its frequent)? I have seen ...
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How can I find out if my question has been asked before?

When I ask a question I do get a list of related questions that helps a lot to find out if my question has been asked before. However I sometimes find an additional question that covers exactly the ...
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Question about flagging topics that are a valid Q but also have a seperate main topic…

If you ask how to add a quicklist to a launcher and get it answered (Case in question) and it then gets included into a main topic with several examples of how to add quicklists to a myriad of other ...
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Some merge candidates for Windows 7 and Ubuntu dual-booting questions

This looked a bit unwieldy for flagging, so I'm posting this here instead. I've looked through several of the dual-boot questions, trying to find ones that looked like duplicates. I have found ...
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what's up with duplicate answers?

Have a look at, for instance, this question. Someone asked for a text equivalent to wireshark, and I answered "tshark". Then some time later, someone else comes along and posts a second answer ...
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When we see a potential duplicate, how should we handle it when we don't have proper privileges?

When we spot a duplicate question, what is the best way to handle it? Of course if we have a huge reputation, we can just do it, but when we don't have enough reputation we should have ways to notify ...
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How should new users be pointed to duplicate questions?

When the Ubuntu Stackexchange website gets used more (and possibly a lot of questions that would otherwise have been asked on the forums get asked here), we're going to run into the issue of pointing ...
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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-...