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Why are we 'afraid' to close questions as duplicates?

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 (...
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How can we discourage [deletion and] reposting of questions by the same user?

Normally you cannot close a question as a duplicate if the target question has no upvoted/accepted answers, however, an exception is made for questions posted by the same user. So if the old question ...
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How can we discourage [deletion and] reposting of questions by the same user?

When you see something like that, where a deleted question is reposted, and you're reasonably sure about it, flag the post for moderator attention. Provide the username of the first offending question ...
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Why are we 'afraid' to close questions as duplicates?

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 ...
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Why are we 'afraid' to close questions as duplicates?

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 ...
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Why are we 'afraid' to close questions as duplicates?

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 ...
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