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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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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1 answer
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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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1 answer
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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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4 answers
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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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1 answer
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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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1 answer
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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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Add a feature for similarity comparison

It'd be nice if answers which are an exact copy of an existing (possibly upvoted) answer or contain large substring of such an answer and few own text - which should be a comment on the copied answer -...
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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
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Obvious duplicate not being closed

This question: How do I retrieve only the needed line from terminal output? I am kind of shocked by it. Basically they are asking: How to print Nth line? Surely this has been asked before? But, ...
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Opinions on downvoting duplicate questions

I have interacted with a few new user recently who are very disgruntled due to getting a lot of down-votes on there questions for been duplicates. I don't down-vote these myself but I can vote to ...
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Is there a main question about appstream-cli hanging bug that we should dupe link to?

There are a lot of different questions around the bug with appstream-cli interfering with apt-get update commands, with much varying titles. Some examples: https://askubuntu.com/q/775108/320386 ...
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How to handle bad title of original question?

I wanted to install Netbeans 8.1 and I searched the internet and everybody was talking about 8.0. So I though to ask: How to install netbeans v8.1 in Ubuntu 14.04? I was lucky and the user who had ...
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Duplicate Questions Still Show Up?

I've read the answer listed here, but I still have a few questions. When a question is marked duplicate, it is marked with [Duplicate], but what does that do? (For reference check this question.) The ...
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Skype in Wine duplicate questions

I recently found a way to run Skype in Wine. I searched askubuntu, and found a bunch of duplicate questions. I answered the question with the most upvotes and flagged the others as duplicate, but they ...
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1 answer
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Should a question be closed as duplicate of another when it is asking for the same goal but via a different route?

I recently closed a question as a duplicate of another, however I am starting to think that I may have made a mistake here along with the other close voters... So just to make it easier, let's refer ...
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1 answer
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How Do I Get My Question Unmarked As Duplicate?

I tend to use Stack Overflow rather than Ask Ubuntu so although my post count is low here I do have a good appreciation of the Stack Exchange sites and asking "good" questions. My question How Do I ...
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1 answer
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Duplicate circle?

I was just casting a duplicate close vote on this question when I got this notice: What does it mean and how should I proceed?
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Are you tested with Duplicates in the review queues?

In the review queues I have never once been tested with a question that has been flagged as duplicate. Does SE not test you on those? And if so, why not? Or have I just not had any?
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1 answer
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How strict should one be with questions on easily researchable questions?

Should a question like https://askubuntu.com/questions/710588/running-open-hardware-monitor-on-ubuntu-linux be flagged(no research effort) or answered? The top result on Google is the mono project(see ...
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1 answer
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Should one close questions as duplicates of closed questions?

I have seen many questions in the past which are off-topic, and the community recognizes them as such, and it closes them as duplicates of the question when it was first asked and closed as off-topic. ...
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2 answers
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Duplicate questions

If I want to ask a question that has already been asked,but I can't understand its solution.Should I comment there for more explanation or ask mine by adding duplicate by myself.
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How to deal with users that won't mark duplicate but instead copy-paste their answers agan and again

I have found some users are just copy-pasting same answers again and again instead of marking them duplicates. Is this allowed on Ask Ubuntu? If not, how to deal with such users?
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Are questions on removing Ubuntu and getting Windows back on on-topic or not? [duplicate]

I have noticed many questions from new users asking about how to remove Ubuntu and get Window back on, half of these are getting closed as a duplicate of this, and the rest as off-topic, but this ...
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1 answer
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Why can't a question be marked a duplicate of a question on another stackexchang site?

I came across the following question: Merging 2 files based on single column. Even though two answers have been posted already I answered a very similar question already on another stackexchange site:...
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Please avoid lengthening existing duplicate chains

A recent example: https://askubuntu.com/questions/433029/finding-my-ip-without-using-google is tagged as a duplicate of Command to know my external IP address? which is itself a duplicate of How can ...
8 votes
2 answers
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Are there certain circumstances where one should close an old question as the duplicate of a new one?

Are there certain circumstances where one should close an old question as the duplicate of a new one (for instance if the new one is better and actually has answers)? And if not, then why does the ...
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1 answer
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Why do I see wrong suggestion for possible answer above my question?

Up above my question I see the heading that "this question may already have an answer." the link provided in this heading does not give answer to my question. More interestingly, I mention that link ...
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Should questions be closed as duplicate only because of the helpfulness of answers?

I don't know if I made it very clear in my title, but here is my question, if I have a question, that can be perfectly answered by the answer to another question, should my question be marked as a ...
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Proposal: change duplicate message

Duplicates now have the following message above them: "This question already has an answer here", where previously the message was "Possible duplicate" (see this meta question). The current message ...
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Different types of Duplicate question?

I have recently noticed two types of questions marked as duplicate, the both have [Duplicate] in the title, and they both have something like this at the bottom: However the first one has this at the ...
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Duplicate Question, versus Updated Answers, regarding Certification

This is a discussion post. Please read on for the specifics. Old Question: Is there such a thing as a Ubuntu Certified Engineer? New Question: Are there any Ubuntu Courses or training programs? ...
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I suspect that some person acts as "Community" user

It is supposed that "Community" is an automated service. But a couple of times it made some human decisions. Like this question. I voted to close as duplicate. But as soon as the issue was fixed, "...
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Should closed/locked questions with no answers be hidden?

Alot of times I'll see questions, often linked to by other duplicate questions (that are usually not actually duplicates, but that's a different issue) that are closed or locked after being marked as ...
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1 answer
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Do we need to "advertise" that some questions exist?

I just found this SEDE query: Posts that are the target of most duplicate closures 1041 - My computer boots to a black screen, what options do I have to fix it? 571 - Installing Ubuntu Alongside ...
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Does time get considered in deciding Duplicate Questions?

A while back HWE for 14.04 was released and people had a bit of trouble upgrading to the new update. Which is fine and all. However, I came on site today to see this question flagged as dup to this ...