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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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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 is not deleted, you can close new ones as duplicates. If the old question is deleted, you could close the new question for whatever reason that applies, and ...


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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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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 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 in the flag. Moderators can see past deleted posts, and in case of repeated questions, they can contact the user and possibly suspend them. Don't engage ...


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