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Which questions should be duplicated and which not? [duplicate]

There has been some discussion over the issue of questions being flagged as duplicate. There was a issue been brought up. Question should not be flagged duplicate if answers can't be merged. As an ...
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Don't start to vote for closing as duplicate for questions whose answers can't be merged

I've seen this more than once. A question with a very weird dependency issue, got an answer to it's specific problem, and later on (sometimes months), someone votes to close it against the super ...
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Better handling of marking duplicate questions?

While I realize that dealing with duplicate questions is probably a tedious, time-consuming overhead issue for Moderators, I'm wondering if there can't be a better way of handling them rather than the ...
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Is it a duplicate when the answer is given as background in another question?

After asking Question X (listing commands a package provides), the OP explicitly states he's not looking for ~X (the opposite of Question X), and by way of background provides what the answer for ~X ...
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Reopen 388541 that asks the why's not the how's

This question of mine was closed on the basis that I'm asking the same question... I'm not. I specifically ask the "Why apt-get install update fails" (which normally people try to update their systems)...
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What do we in cases where users answer questions that have been marked as duplicates?

I have just marked a question as a duplicate and after sometime I have found other users answering it with the same answers like in the linked duplicate question. How can I handle such cases? I ...
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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 ...
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The current mess of the apt/dpkg tag

Apparently while I was not seeing, the apt/dpkg tag became a mess. There are a bunch of posts that are duplicated one of the other, a long list of concatenated duplicates of duplicates, duplicates ...
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Duplicates Policy Incentivizes Clutter Rather Than Canonical

Disadvantages of Current Duplicates Policy Stated briefly, the current policy encourages proliferation over pruning. The disadvantages of the current duplicates policy stem from the fact that it is ...
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Why is this marked a duplicate?

This question was marked a duplicate: Tried to install wireless driver and now terminal and update manager no longer work either However, the link given, Installing Broadcom Wireless Drivers contains ...
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Start closing “I can't see partitions while installing” questions

I have seen a lot (really tons of them) questions regarding "I can't see [Windows] partitions while installing Ubuntu". A common property between all of them is that almost none of them has close ...
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Why is this question (install Sony Xperia kernel dev) marked as a duplicate?

I asked this question with a link to that answer which I used to install the Android SDK. My question, however, asks about the kernel sources for Sony Xperia ZR, as it can be downloaded from the Sony ...
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What to do with the many duplicate/similar “No WiFi after upgrade” questions?

I've seen several of these lately, and one of the latest one had the side-bar filled with them, none of them with marked answers, as you can see here: Here are the links: https://askubuntu.com/...
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What to do with boatload of screen-resolution related questions?

I was browsing Ask Ubuntu for a bit and I found that there are a lot of screen-resolution related questions who are badly asked/answered or not answered at all. A lot of the questions are very ...
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Question incorrectly duped

It's my opinion that this question: How can I make apt-get wait for another instance to finish? should not have been duped to How to make a package manager wait if another instance of APT is running?. ...
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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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Windows 8 and Ubuntu Dual-boot: Many duplicates

It seems to me that Ask Ubuntu is flooded with questions about Windows 8 and Ubuntu dual-booting systems. Should we be concerned about SE quality and over-asked questions? Here are two examples, (...
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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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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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I've found a duplicate user; what should I do?

I just stumbled upon this question: I can't install Ubuntu 13.04 on a new computer And in the sidebar for this question I found this Related question: I can't install Ubuntu 13.04 on a new ...
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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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Should we downvote duplicate questions?

I have been around for a few months now. What I notice is that the same questions keep on being asked over and over again. For instance about what ubuntu version to use, problems to install, questions ...
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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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Can I get banned for deleting my question?

I want to delete a question I asked but I don't know exact consequence. I'm going to try to delete a question I asked that was a duplicate (but it's not closed, it's just marked as duplicate). I don't ...
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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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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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How to mark question as duplicate? What happens when I click on flag?

I was hesitant to rampantly flag a question (which I considered a duplicate), because I feared this would automatically disrepute the question and/or - even worse - the question-asker. So, How to ...
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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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Should duplicates be merged into the newer or older question?

My first thought would be the newer question is merged into the older one, which has had more time to gather bookmarks and search engine rankings, and it is the second question that is at fault. ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 ...