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How should we mark/resolve duplicate questions? [closed]

asked 2012-06-26 05:19:39 +0200

qubit gravatar image

updated 2015-10-21 00:05:38 +0200

Alex Kemp gravatar image

For example:

It would be great if we could fold duplicate questions together so that we would only see one of them in searches, etc..

Update: Bug filed as fdo#52490

Update 2: We all like @Pedro's answer, but the askbot software doesn't implement that functionality yet. For now, let's just put a comment directly underneath the question that looks like this:

Duplicate of:

If 'duplicate' is a lot to type, just use 'dupe' :-) If you have gained enough karma to tag questions, please tag the q with:


That will let the mods know that the question should be closed. Thanks!

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answered 2013-01-22 11:14:57 +0200

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updated 2013-01-22 16:59:11 +0200

Currently it is only possible to close a question with the information "Duplicate question". But there is no possibility to indicate (or link to) of which question it is a duplicate of. It would be nice to have a system similar to Bugzilla where all duplicate questions are clearly marked as duplicates with a link to the only open question.

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Yep, good feature request for upstream. As it stands right now, I always have to add an extra comment to note the link between the two.

qubit gravatar imagequbit ( 2013-01-22 12:54:48 +0200 )edit

I do support Pedro's proposal as well.

ROSt52 gravatar imageROSt52 ( 2013-01-22 15:38:44 +0200 )edit

IMHO no question should be closed as a duplicate as long as you can't have a link to the question it is a duplicate of. I run into duplicates and can't find the original via searching! Broken!!!

Larrymcg gravatar imageLarrymcg ( 2016-11-01 18:44:03 +0200 )edit

No link = no proof = no duplicate to close for. You'll drop the link as a comment on the OP and then we're good.

rautamiekka gravatar imagerautamiekka ( 2016-11-01 19:27:50 +0200 )edit

answered 2012-08-17 21:18:53 +0200

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It would be great if we could fold duplicate questions together so that we would only see one of them in searches, etc.

As someone who recently posted one, a more responsive topic 'search' might also help.

I ran such a search before posting (about downloading only a single LO app), but did not get the hits that were cited when the topic was closed due to duplication.

Searches based solely on keywords can be tricky. A dedicated database of 'often duplicated' questions might be maintained, arranged alphabetically according to topic.

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