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This is a new feature, users with a gold badge in one of the original tags of the question can close as duplicate with a single vote. The rationale being that a user that answered that many questions in this tag is likely to know very well all the possible duplicate targets. This also goes for reopening, so you are also able to reverse bad duplicate closures ...


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The OP asked in original version (now substantially rewritten a further from a rant): "Am I the only one concerned about duplicates?" My answer to this would be certainly not, as witnessed by many people suggesting duplicates, voting to close as duplicates, discussions in chat about duplicates (both in the main chatroom and in c-r-u-d-e), etc. As already ...


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No. The ability to vote to close questions should not be reserved for those users with a badge in some tag attached to the question. As a practical matter, there are two points: There are tags which have fewer than 20 total questions, whereas a user needs to have at least 20 (non-community-wiki answers before achieving a bronze tag badge. This would mean ...


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No, as meanwhile the deciding factor are the current tags, but the voter must not have been involved in the tagging. Source: It looks like the duplicate banner changed. How does it work now?


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Not only did the older thread have an excellent answer already Maybe, but see below. but the user who marked the old thread as dupe of the new thread apparently knew of the older thread and yet posted an answer to the new thread instead of marking it as duplicate. There is no "new" question. The dupe target is from 2014 as is the user's answer. It is ...


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I had posted a Comment on Remainder when dividing $13^{3530}$ with $12348$ suggesting one (potential) duplicate/closely related Question. I'll share my thought about where the line might be drawn in treating such problems as duplicates. Executive Summary The topic here is more intricate than some for "abstract duplicate" treatment, needing more than the ...


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A non-moderator user can cast a binding duplicate vote if they have a gold-badge in a tag originally on the question (and the usual criteria for dupe-closure are met). Note that these users are marked on these occassions with the symbol for a gold badge, a yellow circle. To get a golden tag-badge one must have a total score of 1000 in at least 200 non-...


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The following is just my personal opinion The question is: What makes a duplicate? I don't think it is easy to provide a clear cut answer. There will be some disagreements and grey area questions and I don't pretend to be able to provide a consistent policy suggestion. General principle: I would in general side with leaving questions open if there is a (...


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With a gold-badge in a tag a user since some time has a binding vote (as regards duplicates). The behavior seems the same as it is and was for other binding votes. The specific issue with clearing votes got discussed here: Gold badge duplicate close and reopen vote invalidates existing votes This is not a bug.


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A summary of what I have learned/observed from the responses and the discussion in this thread (thanks all) up to June 22nd: Many users have argued against the use of so called abstract duplicates as duplicate targets. The most common reason seems to be that while informative, the answers to a more general version of a question may not serve the asker well (...


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My opinion: $A$ should be closed a duplicate of $B$ iff answers to $B$ are complete and appropriate answers to the question asked in $A$ (ignoring everything else). So in particular: Most forms of context (the OP's attempted proof, the OP's level of mathematical sophistication, what the OP knows, etc.) should be ignored when considering whether to close ...


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404's answer is apparently not true anymore -- this question had the logic tag (for which I have the hammer) originally. I edited it to remove it, and then voted to close as a duplicate; the vote was not binding. Out of curiosity, I tried to reinsert logic, which didn't retroactively make my close vote binding, so the hustle described in the question seems ...


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