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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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"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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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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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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Does "on-hold" mean you can't flag as duplicate?

For some reason, this question doesn't have a flag "as duplicate" option: How to run graphical app in background mode? It has been put "on-hold" because the user was having a small problem with ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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My question was marked a dupe, even though it was asked first? [duplicate]

I asked this question in April 2014. I received no response, until August 2015 when my question was suddenly marked a dupe of this one, asked in May 2015. It is better phrased, and actually has ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Merging difficulty

MY question is how difficult is it to merge questions? Over my time here I've requested merging on a number of questions. I recently ran across this question which I flagged as duplicate after ...
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Top answers are still sub-optimal on questions about MTP devices

I already noticed that Luis alone marked the following question as a duplicate some time ago: My MTP capable device is not detected? What can I do about that? Here is my observation on the topic: ...
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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 ...
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Is this question correctly marked as a duplicate?

Removing the splash screen on shutdown an startup. I want to be able to see the processes As I understand it's about disabling splash screen while second one is about booting in text mode, which are ...
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Question "Does HUION K58 work with Ubuntu?" incorrectly marked as duplicate

The question Does HUION K58 work with Ubuntu? was marked as a duplicate of What hardware does Ubuntu Touch support? which is incorrect. The original question is not asking about Ubuntu Touch, and the ...
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How does duplicate work?

I asked a question a while back on askubuntu: Removed several programs using "sudo apt-get purge wine\*" Which was recently marked as a duplicate of this question: Deleted most of the ...
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Let's stop using "How do I resolve unmet dependencies?" for dpkg questions (and probably for most apt questions)

The most used close target for apt/dpkg questions is this. However, that does not help if the problem is not with apt but with the underlying dpkg. I very often find things like these when I check ...
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Search function and duplicate questions by new users

It's simple to notice that so many question asked by new users shall be answer by a simple search query. I'm asking if shall be possible put a simple banner saying: "wait, before ask, why don't ...
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