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I agree. I suspect its because answering takes less time than actually finding the appropriate duplicate. Also, it's not crystal clear how to actually provide the link to the dup in the close menu (yes, I know, it's not THAT difficult, but the lack of instructions might be an obstacle to some).


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Although there isn't a clear pre-written close reason, requests for off-site info are almost always downvoted and/or closed here, and 'answers' which do little more than direct you to an external URL are dealt with similarly. In addition, the question you refer to is simply not about electronics, or even engineering of any sort - it's about 'where can I ...


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Personally, I think that almost-duplicates are a good thing to have a round. Here is why: I would consider as duplicate question such questions that can be fully answered by copy-pasting a previous answer. But I see several reasons, why there are questions that fall just shy of this criterium: Users are encouraged to ask new questions (as opposed to necro-...


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It would be preferable if users would check for duplicates before they post an answer, this isn't easy to do because of the amount of questions. If you see a question that seems like it could be a duplicate, take some time and do some searching before answering. Here is what a duplicate is: According to Stack Exchange co-founder Joel Spolsky, we should only ...


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I agree, SE's duplicate feature mostly just compares 2 posts which use the same words, not necessarily having the same meaning. I have noticed this when flagging duplicates, the right question isn't suggested as a duplicate by SE. Here's another duplicate, which I flagged: Why does lowering VDD increases the delay for digital circuits? is a duplicate of Why ...


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When I looked at the question the first time around, I thought it needed more clarity, looking at it in detail I must have made an error. I'll reopen it, if you need something reopened just glad the question and send a message with the flag and a mod look at it


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Right now y'all are using the three slots allowed for a site by default - it's not a matter of them being stuck, that's just the default for everyone. We can expand the slots to four or five - five is the max - but we tend to do so thoughtfully to ensure that there's a strong need for it. Many of the requests we get for this come from sites that have used ...


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