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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 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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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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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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Important caveat: The accepted answer isn't by any means the 'best', merely the one that OP felt met his specific requirements. Actual answer: I would consider it impolite to edit somebody else's accepted answer merely to expand on the point, though others certainly disagree. A specific link would probably fit best as a comment, but there really is no ...


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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If the actual answer to a question is hidden in an incidental remark in an answer to a completely different question, then how is it making the internet a better place to close the question as a duplicate? (You can't even use the number of upvotes/downvotes to come to any conclusion about the validity of the answer, since it's likely that the voters were ...


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Moderators sometimes protect old questions which have good answers, when they seem to be attracting new responses that don't add anything. Providing the same information as another answer is not grounds for a downvote, at least for me. The downvote would come for more serious problems, such as failure to show research, poor writing, or plagiarism. And if ...


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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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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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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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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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