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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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Flag one of the questions and suggest that the closing be reversed.


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I agree with you that it is silly to have a string of duplicates ultimately leading to something offtopic. That doesn't do the user any services by looking at it and thinking Well these kinds of questions are okay here, but this one just so happens to have been asked before. Keep in mind that things like this do sometimes happen as a function over time. ...


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I was responding to flags on the question and at one of them referred to the linked question as a possible duplicate. One of the existing close votes may have been close as a duplicate as well - unfortunately I have no way of checking this. I'm quite happy to admit that I got it wrong, but as maple_shaft says the question would have got closed for another ...


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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 particular question fit multiple close reasons at once, but people can't select multiple reasons. I personally think it wasn't adequately similar to the dup, but duplicate is the most helpful close reason, because it points you to a question where you might get at least part of your question answered. If I have a choice between closing as a duplicate ...


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It is. When you vote to close a comment is added with the link to the question you picked. When the question is closed this is converted into an edit on the question (for example): > **Possible Duplicate:** > [In the absense of a CS degree, how can I “fill in the gaps” so to speak?](https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/...


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Even if you choose "off topic" as the reason to close, I would still at least point out the duplicate if you know about it. There are two goals to closing a question: keeping the question from getting further attention, and educating the asker so they'll be a better contributor. Pointing out the duplicate is a nicer way of saying, "Next time, look to see ...


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I can't speak for ChrisF about closing this as Exact Duplicate, but if I had to guess, he probably agreed with me that it was too localized in its present form but was merely offerring a helpful link to a very similar question. I had asked for the OP to revise his/her question and after almost 24 hours there was no attempt to improve the question. I ...


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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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I have noticed a lot of questions being flagged as duplicates lately when I didn't feel that they were duplicates of the question that the people closing them said they were duplicates of. In some cases they didn't seem close. It seems to me that the definition of "duplicate" should be very close to an exact duplicate of the question, in intent if not in ...


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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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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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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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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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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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If you can post the same answer to several questions then those questions are likely to be duplicates. If you've not already marked the question as a duplicate then do so (either by voting, flagging or commenting). If this has already been done and the question is closed then the next step is to consider merging the questions. The barrier for this is ...


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