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It's not single-handed: notice the presence of Community in the close voter list. Last year a feature was introduced to Stack Exchange to allow question askers to single-handedly close their questions as duplicates. When someone else proposes a possible duplicate, the original poster (and only that person) sees a banner at the top of the post: If the ...


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I've been working on reviewing these and I've noticed that I've picked the "related, but not a dupe" option far more than saying that questions are duplicates. I think part of that is the nature of what we consider a good question here. In order to have a question that is answerable, one needs to fully describe the environment in which one is working. ...


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Seeing as our dupe-closure practices are something I've complained about ad nauseum; I suppose I should pipe in here. To be sure, a bit of your question is not super clear to me after reading it through... It appears there's a couple things you advocate for and a couple things you're questioning and trying to lay out choices for. I'm basically going to ...


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The guidance for duplicate questions is very clear and specific. In a nutshell: If you're going to close a user's question as a duplicate, it has to be a real duplicate. For example, if a user asks, "What does the IP address 128.0.1.1/24 mean?" it's OK to close that as a duplicate of a more general question like "What do IP addresses of the form a.b.c.d/...


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When you are reviewing close votes, the close reasons others have chosen are shown in the review menu:


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That's because that question has been closed a long, long time ago, when the duplicate notice was added in the question body itself. It needs a ♦ moderator (or a gold tag badge holder, but there are none in the question's tags) to reopen and close the question again; then, the blue notice will be updated and show the correct duplicate. Reference: Duplicate ...


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I've gone through a bunch of these questions (about the first hundred or so). I think I marked only a handful as actual duplicates (maybe 5?). A handful were related but it felt like a large percentage of them were just straight up not even close. A lot of the questions that were included seemed like bad questions for SESE to begin with, too. At least one (...


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If you see something that doesn't agree with you on this site with regards to content or user actions, then please flag for a community moderator. That is why we are here so that you don't have to go to StackExchange directly with questions like this. If something we see needs to be addressed that is outside of our control then we will contact ...


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Self-answered/Canonical questions get a bit of a free pass on Stack Overflow, if the question/answer pair is good. In particular, if the answer makes a really good target for questions that are repeatedly asked often, it often gets a pass, and deservedly so. For good examples of these kinds of questions, see: PHP mail form doesn't complete sending email ...


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The questions can be merged which will transfer all the answers from the duplicate to the the original.


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In my view, the current state is the right one (with the high-visit question being closed as duplicate of the low-visit question). To me, the question Relation between BDD and TDD has the better answer and by marking What is the difference between writing test cases for BDD and TDD? as a duplicate, readers of the more often, and thus probably more easily, ...


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The original question was written by the same guy. Their first question got closed as "not constructive" (Too Broad, essentially), so he decided to re-ask it on Stack Overflow, where it promptly got migrated to Programmers and closed as a duplicate. So not much to see here, really. In the future, just flag for moderator attention with a custom reason, ...


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I just took a look at both questions - I don't see any duplication. However, I'm not sure that your question should stay open - it's incredibly broad. There are many books written on improving software processes and project management.


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The first is saying the OP has seen people suggestions that comments are bad and should not be used, and are asking if that really is true or not for specific scenarios, and why or why not. To highlight the important bit Is it really that bad to explain a complex algorithm with a few lines of comments about it's general operation? What's wrong with ...


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My understanding is the same as the one that Servy presents in the comments captured above. Question A is a duplicate of Question B if the answers to Question B answer Question A. That said, there are some other considerations. First, Question B may answer parts of, but not the entirety of, Question A. In that case, Question B should be linked to in the ...


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I fixed it. Thanks for pointing it out.


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The project is drawing to a close, and I am planning to take down the annotation interface this weekend. Thank you very much to everyone who helped out, and thank you for all the valuable feedback and suggestions. Hopefully the collected annotations will lead to the development of better duplicate question detection systems, especially for StackExchange.


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It's not a bug. There's a feature where, when a question is voted as a duplicate, the asker is presented with the other question and prompted to either confirm that it's a duplicate or to review the other question(s) and edit to explain what makes their problem different. This is a relatively new feature, but you can probably find more details on Meta Stack ...


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What is the suitable platform for project discussion? I think that this is part of the problem with the question in that very discussion oriented questions increase noise on the site, and make it harder to build content. Questions should be answerable, but a discussion is a series of questions, and then discovery leading to more questions. It doesn't do ...


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