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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cannot find duplicate article

I am trying to mark this article: Evince 3.10 on Ubuntu 12.04 as a duplicate of this article: How can I install the latest version of Evince? but I cannot find it in the list of duplicates. does ...
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why different question marked as duplicate (on emulation and installing exe)?

I don't understand why this question How to run neogeo games is marked of duplicate of this question How can I install Windows software or games? ? The first one ask about emulation in Ubuntu, where ...
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How do I quickly find the duplicate questions I'm searching for when flagging/closing?

I don't like the search box when I'm flagging for a duplicate, because I don't know the exact names of the big questions. Even if I use very relevant keywords, the question that I want to pick is ...
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Lets do something with "Set up dual monitor" post!

After read this post I though "I'll find the dupe and done" but after search for a dupe about "How to set up dual monitor?" I didn't find any question with acceptable answers. There are a lot of ...
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Merging questions about deduplication of files and folders?

Can the following questions be merged? These questions all look a lot similar and they all have valuable answers (most of which are similar, which is 'use fdupes'). Are we going to maintain a ...
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Over use of "My computer boots to a black screen, what options do I have to fix it?"

Is anyone else seeing an over use of My computer boots to a black screen, what options do I have to fix it?? Half of the close reviews I see are close, duplicate of that question. That normally ...
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Should a question be flagged as duplicate even if the question (older) pointed to as the duplicate has no answers?

I have encountered this predicament when reviewing posted questions and answers on AU. Should I flag a question as a duplicate even if the older question pointed to as the duplicate has no answers ...
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Duplicate questions by same user

Ashwin joined and immediately asked the same question twice within 4 hours: https://askubuntu.com/questions/297351/ubuntu-13-04-is-not-booting https://askubuntu.com/questions/297406/ubuntu-13-04-not-...
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Add a link to duplicate when a question is marked as a duplicate [duplicate]

This same question has been asked, left unanswered, and marked as too localized. See (question is duplicate of what, precisely? [closed]) I don't see how the original question or this one is too ...
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Has there been a change in policy relating to Duplicate Closures?

I just happened to read the instructions for Duplicate Closure today. It says: This question has been asked before and already has an answer. If those answers do not fully address your question, ...
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My question is marked as duplicate, what does this mean?

A user marked one of my questions as duplicate, I don't really understand if I have to do something about that or what ???
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What to do with questions from here that have already been answered in another SE site?

Frequently, I see unanswered questions from this site that has been previously asked in another SE site (mostly SO) and this one has an answer that have worked for the OP. Should I copy and paste the ...
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Badge cheating?

I came across a user with low rep but a gold famous question badge and was curious. It seems his question (the only one he has) was marked as a duplicate of the actual famous question. This seems to ...
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Wrong duplicate chosen for closed question, okay to just edit in the correct one?

Hard to come up with a shorter or clearer title, sorry. 'Cannot Upgrade my Ubuntu' was closed as a dupe, and it is. The issue is that the wrong duplicate was chosen by mistake (with possibly none of ...
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Why can't I VTC this as duplicate? It has an upvoted+accepted answer

Look at this question. I bumped into it using the Review Queue for Close Votes. I agree with the proposed duplicate, but I am unable to vote-to-close it: The error This question does not have an ...
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Can we re-open this question asking how to throttle bandwidth per-user?

This question, 'Is there an easy way to limit user bandwidth usage?' was closed as a duplicate. The possible duplicate, 'How I can limit Download/Upload bandwidth?' does not answer the new question, ...
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How to handle chains of "duplicate of..."?

Sometimes one post (P1) is commented "possible duplicate of P2". P2 itself is commented "possible duplicate of P3". Example: https://askubuntu.com/questions/246610/how-to-increase-battery-duration-...
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Why the Related Question queue have questions that are duplicates?

On the Related bar while I'm looking Questions or creating one, appear related questions that are duplicated. EXAMPLE: In this question you will see at the end of the list a related question called ...
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Should a question ever be considered for migration in anticipation of closure and merging?

When a question is cross-posted here and another Stack Exchange site, and it gets good, valuable answers on both sites, is it appropriate to flag one of them for migration so it can then be duped and ...
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'closed as exact duplicate by...' is confusing - where is the answer? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where is the link to the original question when a question is closed as a duplicate? I find the 'closed as exact duplicate by...' message confusing. Instead of telling me (the ...
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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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How to remove the closed topic of exact duplicate

Hi its my thread I started Photoshop Installation in 10.10 Actually i asking the question for the version of ubuntu 10.10 but someone's are closed my topic is exactly duplicate. How to inform him ...
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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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In an answer, should I link to the same question found on Unix&Linux Stackexchange?

Take this question: What are some typical uses of hard links? I found the exact same question in the Unix&Linux Stack Exchange site: Why do hard links exists? Should I post an answer with a link ...
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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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What to do with widespread questions about issues updating?

At the time of updating the system, sometimes appears package errors. e.g.: E: Encountered a section with no Package: header E: Problem with something /var/lib/apt/lists/* E: The package lists or ...
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What is the rationale for marking these questions as duplicates?

I came across What are the differences between different releases of Ubuntu? earlier today, and noticed that for some reason it ended up being closed as a duplicate of What is the difference between ...
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Should there be a canonical "How/where do I get package X edge PPA" question?

Should there be a canonical "How/where do I get package X edge PPA" question? Alternately, should it be rolled in to the "What are PPAs and how do I use them" question? I've seen at least three ...
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Reopen request for my question

Someone closed my question as a duplicate of another question, but mine is more specific. I cannot understand the reasons behind this. Which are the proprietary and paid games for linux do you know - ...
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How do we find high traffic duplicates?

I noticed that this question just got 10,000 views: How to install java and enable java plug in for firefox in Ubuntu 12.04LTS? I've flagged it to either be merged or have the answer removed so that ...
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This question mistakenly flagged as a duplicate, correct?

This question from an experienced AU member was closed yesterday. I think it was a mistake to close it. The question is clear and the linked duplicate does not fully answer the original. Direct ...
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Create sub sections/categories to accommodate specialities?

So perhaps Ask Ubuntu has enough weight to initiate subsections in the site. I was looking through the questions and felt quite intimidated because I didn't know any of the answers. Perhaps ...
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Let's consolidate "black screen on boot" questions

We have 858 questions about this, it's probably time to consolidate this into one good CW and start duping things instead of having it all over the site, so we made this: My computer boots to a ...
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When is ok to repost a question on linux.SE?

Ok, so I have been going back and forth on questions between askubuntu.SE and linux.SE. I don't mean to compare, but experience is telling me that I tend to get a better response rate on linux.SE. A ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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