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The weakness of the answers to the old "Origin of the word 'bootleg'" question is not reasonably attributable to the question asker's failure to show any research in the posted question. Rather it reflects the "post an answer in 15 minutes or less" research standard that dominated English Language & Usage back in 2011. (I should note that the second ...


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I undeleted the original, which had been deleted by an automatic process, but then realized that it had been closed as a gen ref question. So I redeleted it and reopened the other instead (un-duplicated it). It is a good idea to flag these with a custom flag and tell us that the linked duplicate has been deleted. This kind of thing happens sometimes, where ...


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In addition to what Mari-Lou said about punitive downvotes for dupicate questions, there is some added irony in this case: 1) The "offending" O.P. actually linked to the duplicate question which shows that they did their legwork, homework and research with due diligence – something hardly deserving of a downvote. 2) I'm not convinced the questions are ...


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The question "I am [who/whom] G-d made me" should be reopened. It's about "prescriptive" grammar, so the answer is not intuitively obvious. The example sentence combines two environments that are notorious for causing trouble: the case of the relative pronoun who/whom and case after a form of the copula. The question also touches on several interesting ...


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This is all explained on Meta.SE: New UI encourages askers to confirm or dispute duplicate votes. Here's a summary: When there is at least one duplicate close vote on their question, the author sees a banner: Clicking on that button (and confirming) closes the question as a duplicate. Why Community? Shog9 explains in a comment: Although the effect ...


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You make a specific and adequate claim that the post is not a duplicate. I agree with your thought to edit the question. I would suggest that you refer to the alleged duplicate and the rule of thumb you describe here as well as including the additional suggested text. If you do that, I'd be happy to reopen the post.


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Answering your questions in no particular order... In general, duplicate questions are not desirable because you end up with answers to the same actual question spread out across multiple question posts. When the next person comes along with that same question, it's much harder to find the answers. That's why duplicate questions are closed before they can ...


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The repeated questions add no value, and generally it appears that they can be marked as duplicates of How do the tenses and aspects in English correspond temporally to one another? So that's what I do. There are other questions about using the present tense to indicate the future* ('I hope it rains' or 'I hope it will rain') or the ...


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Disclaimer - I'm answering this from the ELL perspective, so this answer says nothing about how the ELU community would like to handle these sorts of situations. If you're aware that there is a question on ELL that might answer the question on ELU, I would suggest that you link it in a comment as was done for the example here. There are lots of questions on ...


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My short answers would be maybe and no. The no is easy: you wrote your answer and have no obligation to delete it. The maybe... Some questions are obvious candidates for a duplicate in which case I might check, and if it is a duplicate I wouldn't answer, but I don't think you have any particular responsibility to check. In this particular question, two ...


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To directly answer your question: There is a second site, English Language Learners (ELL). It is designed for people who are trying to learn English when it is not their primary language. English Langugage & Usage (ELU) assumes that the users already have a fairly advanced degree of knowledge of the English language and are asking more complicated ...


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Users with at least 3000 rep can vote to close questions. One of the options to do so is This question has been asked before and already has an answer. However, a duplicate is not necessarily an exact copy. An exact copy is merged, not closed as a duplicate. A question nominated as a duplicate has at least one answer which provides an answer to the ...


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Users with gold tag badge having the privileges to single-handedly close as duplicates, and naturally, all moderators, can edit the listed duplicates once it's closed. It's a new feature actually. See the edit button in the image below: Anything is fine. Meta post will get you attention from members who visit meta, and most meta visitors are experienced ...


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I don't understand why a user has to penalise an OP for posting a duplicate question. Very often newcomers are unaware or unable to search a related question. Which doesn't appear to be the case here. For us "oldies" who keep seeing the same question time and time again, it can get irritating. But that's not the fault of the OP. And maybe a duplicate ...


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I haven't looked into the two questions very much yet, so I can't say if they are truly duplicates. However, I can say that the practice of marking questions as duplicates isn't due to some assumption that earlier answers are automatically better. The purposes are: to "[invite] the new Questioner to examine specified earlier Questions for a day or two, ...


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They're essentially the same. Regardless of which one you choose, the next window title is: Flagging > Closing > Duplicate Users who do not have the "close vote" privileges can still click on "flag" to suggest that a question is possibly a duplicate of another. Only those with the close vote privileges can actually close questions as duplicates. You can ...


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Generally Speaking While it is possible that this specific case is an exception to the rule, it probably is not unless we are given specific reason to believe it is exceptional. There are a few things we are trying to do here by closing narrower questions as duplicates of broader ones: If the answers are the same, it helps us get you and other new users ...


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In my opinion, even as I'm one who has answered a known duplicate question, I won't delete my answer if it's significantly different from the answers given on the duplicate question. Some duplicate questions aren't duplicates, in spite of the close votes. It may be argued, though, that I might move my answer to the "original" question if I have the strong ...


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I think that every site under the StackExchange umbrella has had a question on its meta site making a similar point. The point being that new users are not made welcome. In all cases the answer is similar. The sites have different expectations of their users than a simple forum site would. This has the disadvantage that it can appear unwelcoming to new ...


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There's no guarantee that a dupe question will remain online and be useful for SEO purposes. How are questions deleted by the system The system will automatically delete any post flagged six times as offensive or spam. The system will automatically delete closed (not as a duplicate), unlocked questions with zero or negative score having no ...


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I think it is a duplicate. The answers to the other question do mention ships. I think the question "Why are ships always female" should be edited by the original poster to clarify what information is needed before it is reopened. The question in the title doesn't match with the question in the body ("Is it unique to ships?") and it's not clear which ...


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As an option and feature request, it might help if we could actually tag a comment as "related", and have those pinned to the top of the comment section. Having a weaker option as part of the system might reduce the rate of weak closures. Seeing all the related links at the top of the comments section might speed up new members' efforts to perform due ...


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The two questions deal with how to pluralize macaroni. Both questions are badly worded but I disagree that one question is just "do we use an s or not". Either way, the proper answer to both questions is the same: macaroni is usually used as a mass noun. Mass nouns take singular agreement. The older question asks about pluralizing the mass noun with an s, ...


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Moderators can change the close reason of a question only by reopening and re-closing it. A moderator confirmed this in chat. Voting to reopen (by 5 users) merely for the sake of closing it with another reason is unnecessary. We can leave comments under the question, instead, which will help guide or redirect OP and others to other relevant pages. While it's ...


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"They seem the same to me. If there were any situations where you’d prefer one to the other, the answers to the famous question would attest to that. Which is the test for duplicates: would the answers to one also answer the other? Note, the test is not whether the current answers do so, but that the question invites answers which could." – Dan Bron 21 mins ...


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What has happened is that the 1st question was closed as a duplicate of the 2nd. The system of closing is what made the link (by the choice of the user who closed it, who, by the design of the system, was allowed to do this as a single person). To undo this link, you'd have to get the closed question -reopened-, by the usual means. As to the suitability of ...


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Why would we want to split answers between the same question asked slightly different ways? If someone is looking for a “word for someone who holds a position but they have no real power” they should be able to see all of the answers we have to that question on the site. Closing a question as a duplicate doesn’t affect your answer or its acceptance by the ...


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My immediate thoughts: The very first pair I got were two very clearly unrelated questions that had nothing whatsoever to do with each other—same as what several others have noted. I suspect they were matched because of an overlap in words used in the body of the questions themselves. The problem is that one of the questions is just one sentence long, ...


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Moderators have the ability to edit the list of original questions that the duplicate question links to. They can delete links and also add new ones. I see two ways someone could proceed. They could: Flag the question and explain the proposed link edit to the mod team. Post at meta and explain the proposed link edit to the community. After peer review, ...


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This happens for all old duplicate closures, look e.g. here for more examples. Back then, the duplicate banner was edited into the post itself: You can start to edit the post to see the 'source code' of the banner. The only way to solve this is to reopen the question, and close it again as a duplicate (and edit out the original banner). We do this sometimes ...


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