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Recently, there's been a tendency to post an entire batch of questions in quick succession.

e.g. '(word) with' vs. '(word) at' (cf. “Employment with” vs. “employment at” and its siblings).

This is not just similar to the "Possible Duplicate" syndrome; it could be worse in some cases.

Should we answer each of these individually at all?
Could we have a mechanism to merge them into a single generic question?
Should we advise posters to avoid the practice?

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    The batch has been bumped in quick succession because of retagging. It hasn't been posted in quick succession, though. Some of those posts are two days old; others, two years. And they are all by different posters, too. However, one of the reasons why they got retagged is indeed to simplify hunting for and closing of dupes. Most of the with-vs-at questions are closely related; a single generic question would be nice indeed. And there are at least three open questions about "in university" vs. "at university"; closing and/or merging would make sense. – RegDwigнt Oct 18 '12 at 11:46
  • @RegDwighт Thanks you so much for explaining. – Kris Oct 18 '12 at 11:48
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Should we answer each of these individually at all?

If you think a question is a duplicate, vote to close it. Related questions are not closed as duplicates, though.

Could we have a mechanism to merge them into a single generic question?

Questions that could be possibly merged are the ones that are exactly duplicates. For related/similar questions, we could create a canonical question used to answer similar/related questions, where the answer is used as comprehensive answer for any related question, when creating such question is possible, or worth doing it. Merging a question asking about saying working for/working at with a question about working at/working in would not make much sense.

Should we advise posters to avoid the practice?

What we can do is pointing the OP to the duplicate question, when a duplicate question exists; in the other cases, we can point to any related question. Apart that, I don't think we can say to the askers not to ask a question because is related to another question already asked.

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