Questions tagged [duplicate-questions]

For questions about the process of identifying and closing questions that are duplicates of another question.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
5
votes
2answers
187 views

When is it appropriate to vote to close as a duplicate?

An interesting discussion about duplicate closures happened in this question's comments section: Personally, I'm in the "duplicate means duplicate question" camp. However, since it appears two ...
15
votes
3answers
635 views

Project Reduplication of Deduplication - Software Engineering

Stack Exchange recently started a collaboration project with the University of Melbourne, in an attempt to improve the automatic detection of duplicate questions. More information on the project and ...
4
votes
3answers
114 views

How is user without gold tag badge closing questions as duplicates with no other votes?

Lately, I've seen a number of questions closed as duplicates with only gnat's vote, such as When to make classes that do multiple things? As far as I know, the only legitimate way to do this is by ...
0
votes
2answers
73 views

Get people that have marked a question as a duplicate to review it since changes have been made

I have a question When testing is it OK to use a method of the subject to test another method of the subject? This isn't a duplicate of [Is there any value in writing a unit test that is a subset of ...
1
vote
2answers
109 views

On duplicates and other close reasons

One of those topics occasionally bantered about in chat, and with a bit more frequency lately is about how we close with duplicates and what these questions should be. The idealized flow with closing ...
5
votes
1answer
124 views

cross-site duplicates and migration

I just saw a question about pre and post increment operators in programmers. https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/questions/299986/variable-variable-and-variable1?noredirect=1 I don't often ...
7
votes
1answer
232 views

Is there a canonical “composition over inheritance” question?

Today I answered this question: Should I use strategy design pattern or something else? After some back and forth with the asker in the comments, I thought it prudent to bring up the point that ...
5
votes
2answers
126 views

How to handle BDD / TDD duplicate questions?

Recently, @gnat proposed a duplicate where this is the source: What is the difference between writing test cases for BDD and TDD? and this is the target: Relation between BDD and TDD I agree that ...
5
votes
1answer
230 views

How would you clean up a question asking if you've written readable and easily maintainable code?

The topic of code quality comes up often enough that there is a wiki Q&A devoted to it: How would you know if you've written readable and easily maintainable code? There are currently 103 ...
1
vote
0answers
78 views

Reopen good, but duplicate, question

This post was closed as a duplicate, which perhaps it is, but the original question contains a single answer that doesn't really add much to the question. The recent, duplicate question has many more ...
3
votes
2answers
119 views

Reopen question that is not a dupe

I recently asked a question that was closed as a dupe of two other similar, but not related questions. I edited my question to clarify why it is not a dupe, however I was too late and the question was ...
4
votes
0answers
114 views

Why was this question closed as duplicate

Clean Code comments vs class documentation was closed as a duplicate of "Comments are a code smell" There are a couple of reasons I'm finding this difficult to understand. First, they ...
2
votes
1answer
78 views

Are these questions duplicates of each other?

The following two questions were asked recently and marked as potential duplicates of each other: Java: why is there a Comparator interface but no Hasher and Equator? Why is .compareTo() in an ...
2
votes
1answer
38 views

Possible Duplicate returns 404

The question https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/q/159369/67524 is marked as a duplicate, however the duplicate link returns 404. What is the appropriate action going forward here? Should ...
2
votes
0answers
32 views

Update required for the close questions help page?

Referring to: https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/help/privileges/close-questions Specifically for duplicates it states: When should I vote to close a question? Questions should be ...
2
votes
1answer
486 views

Questions related to “deliberate practice” are all marked duplicate, locked, or closed

There exists an excellent question: How to Deliberately Practice Software Engineering? This question is marked a duplicate of the following questions: Continuous Professional development – the best ...
0
votes
1answer
60 views

“How can I compare and contrast open source licenses?” - canonical dupe for license shopping?

While pondering upon today's usual license shopping request I discovered this old question: How can I compare and contrast open source licenses? Would it make sense to make above a canonical ...
0
votes
1answer
86 views

Help me understand the difference between these two questions

What's wrong with comments that explain complex code? after writing a complex piece of code written in a partly human-readable programming language, why not add a descriptive and concise ...
0
votes
1answer
70 views

Abuse of “Duplicate” tag

Check out Does dedicated maintenance work hamper a programmer's career?. I was reading the answers with interest, and considering adding my own, when I realized that the question had been tagged ...
4
votes
1answer
156 views

If a duplicate question has a different accepted answer, does this imply the question is too opinion based?

There are two questions on whether one should lower his coding practices to meet those of the surrounding team: Simplicity-efficiency tradeoff If my team has low skill, should I lower the skill of my ...
1
vote
1answer
69 views

How to reopen question that was marked as duplicate but it is clearly not a duplicate

The question below was marked as a duplicate. However, it is very clear based on the comments associated with the question I posted that my question is not the same as to what it is marked as. What ...
0
votes
1answer
76 views

False duplicate: “Why is BigDecimal the best data type for currency?”

The question Why is BigDecimal the best data type for currency? has been marked as a duplicate of a question about numerical approximation of floating point data. Persons who recognised this as a ...
2
votes
1answer
62 views

Dupe of deleted question

This question is marked as a dupe of a deleted question. Please unmark it as dupe, or resurrect the deleted question.
2
votes
1answer
55 views

How can I improve this question and get answers I want?

Can someone tell me what's wrong with this question? How can I improve it? I'm in the field of EEE but I'm not specializing in software engineering. Yesterday, i had an impromptu idea to develop ...
2
votes
1answer
41 views

Is it possible for moderators to move answers from one question to another?

I've just been reading this question: How can a single developer make use of Agile Methods?. And after refreshing, I saw it was closed for being a duplicate to Agile for the Solo Developer. I don't ...
0
votes
2answers
59 views

Review mode, attention check: how do I see other votes to close?

Sequence of events: I review votes to close. I see a question. It looks fine. Why is it here? I press "Close" to see if there's a proposed 'exact duplicate' in other close votes. "We were checking if ...
10
votes
2answers
263 views

Multiple indirection in closed duplicates and transitivity of duplicates

I find it hilarious that this question was closed as a duplicate of a question which is in turn a duplicate of a question closed as off-topic! I realize questions may be closed at any time, not only ...
8
votes
3answers
302 views

What does it take for a question to be a duplicate?

I just learned that this question is a duplicate of some other question (the link to which is supplied now in the first question). Reading through both questions I cannot see how one could defer the ...
2
votes
1answer
33 views

Question closed as a duplicate of a question that has since been deleted

This: https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/questions/40296/what-is-the-best-java-programming-book-out-there-for-starters Was closed as a duplicate. The question it was allegedly a duplicate ...
3
votes
4answers
119 views

Is it appropriate to copy-paste an answer when it matches both questions, but those questions are not an exact duplicate?

It was suggested to me to copy-paste my answer to another question which I marked as duplicate, but which looks larger than the original question. I was totally against this technique: duplicating an ...
2
votes
1answer
56 views

What to do when similar but worse worded question has great answer for this one

There is a question, How to promote code reuse and documentation?, which I think is well worded, but new and only got a few average answers so far. It was also suggested that it's a duplicate of How ...
3
votes
0answers
42 views

Can this question be reopened? [closed]

This question was closed for being an exact duplicate, but I modified it extensively so that it now discusses a particular condition to wrapping third party code. In its previous condition the ...
0
votes
1answer
46 views

Require a link to the question it is a duplicate of

When people vote to close a question, and more importantly when it is closed, a link to the duplicate question should be displayed in all cases. This should one, reduce the number of claims of "exact ...
7
votes
2answers
444 views

What should I do if I think a good question got closed as a duplicate to a worse question?

I noticed Why do we need private variables? got closed as a duplicate of Do ALL your variables need to be declared private?, but I thought the first question and its answers were much better than the ...
7
votes
2answers
137 views

How can something be an exact duplicate when it is asking the exact opposite?

I am curious as to the reasoning behind closing https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/q/142186/22493 as an exact duplicate of Java dev learning Python: what concepts do I need to wrap my ...
6
votes
2answers
67 views

If you realize you answered a duplicate question, should you move your answer?

I just answered a question and then another SE user pointed out it was a duplicate. Not only was the question asking about almost the same topic, but question body was literally copy/pasted. Usually, ...
6
votes
4answers
117 views

Voting to close - duplicate of a closed question

I recently marked a question (subsequently closed as not constructive) as an exact duplicate of another, closed question. Another user questioned this as being nonsensical. While the question wasn't ...
4
votes
2answers
82 views

What is the current policy for questions that are duplicates of stack overflow?

I did read a very similar question to the question I'm asking now, but found it confusing, and it was more about when this site was in beta. I just flagged a question that was, arguably, an exact ...
-8
votes
2answers
249 views

A Duplicate? Seriously?

@Mark Trapp marked: what do i need to learn in order to get an entry level asp.net job? as a duplicate of If you develop with ASP.NET, which other technologies do you use? These questions aren't ...
3
votes
1answer
163 views

Cross Site Questions

I think we should allow for a question to be listed on multiple sites, if it meets the charter of both sites. There would be a feature similar to the "migrate" feature except it will be a "share with ...
7
votes
2answers
177 views

Is there a way to ask a question contrasting the advantages or differences of C# and VB.NET without it being closed?

I was told to come ask this here, so hopefully it doesn't get closed or down voted here too. I've always been curious why people seem to move from VB to C# when VB.NET seems to have some technical ...
-1
votes
1answer
71 views

Why “Where to find “good” clients?” closed?

https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/questions/68724/where-to-find-good-clients I specificity bold this line: I’m simply search for a site that ranks clients based on employer/freelancers ...
4
votes
1answer
63 views

How to handle (flag) duplicates across stackexchange sites.

This question on Programmers: What is the datastore used by Google for Google Instant? Is pretty much an exact duplicate of this on on SO: How does Google Instant work? Quite rightly, the answer to ...
2
votes
1answer
98 views

These two questions are not duplicates

These two questions Question you really want to ask AS a potential EMPLOYER but cannot? Question you really want to ask AS a potential EMPLOYEE but cannot? are obviously related, but not duplicates. ...
5
votes
1answer
94 views

Why do we use the phrase exact duplicate instead of just duplicate?

Why is the phrase "exact duplicate" used instead of just "duplicate"? Can there be an inexact duplicate? I've actually never seen an exact duplicate of another question (i.e. word for word the same) ...
2
votes
1answer
51 views

Consolidating Several Questions Marked as Duplicates

We've got some questions that seem to cover very similar ground, specifically: https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/questions/282/what-are-the-best-podcasts https://softwareengineering....
8
votes
5answers
160 views

What is the best? VS What is your favorite? VS What X to use?

What is the best X? versus What is your favorite X? versus What X to use? I'm wondering if such questions result in the same answer, often the best is your favorite and vice-versa. My guess is that ...
6
votes
1answer
76 views

How to handle repeat questions after a certain age?

This is thinking ahead a bit, but since most of these questions are subjective, there's a couple situations we'll eventually have to deal with: Questions with changing answers. For example, if ...