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Enforcement of Quality Standards

Since this policy was announced, we have witnessed a shift in attitude from the moderators. No longer are users trusted to make their own decisions on what can be posted and what cannot, given their ...
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Why do high rep, long time users answer duplicate or too similar questions on book recommendations?

I am a long-time user, been on the site for $59$ months, and have a reputation just above $57,000$ on the main site. I have made a fair share of mistakes on the site, both in my answers, as well as ...
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I voted mistakenly to close as duplicate. When I realised my mistake, my comment explaining why was deleted.

Your Comment contained a link to an older Question. Although this Question was not the final target chosen by voting to close-as-duplicate, someone may have voted to consider that target the ...
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Large number of posts in the spirit of "How do I become good at Mathematics?"

I think that these questions should be accepted, even if they may not be entirely valid. It is true that many of them are formulaic, include some "life story" aspect, and sometimes may even be called ...
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24 votes
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Is it okay to delete unanswered, marked as duplicates questions?

It depends. Ultimately it's your decision whether you want to delete your unanswered duplicate questions - within the constraints of the software: you can't delete more than five of your own posts per ...
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Is it ok to edit questions that are closed as duplicates?

Yes, it is okay. More than that, it's useful, provided that the edit does indeed improve the post significantly. Diligent reviewers will notice that the question is still a duplicate [assuming it ...
20 votes

Enforcement of Quality Standards

A week has passed since this post, and I'd like to leave some useful pointers for everyone, which I think will help everyone continue to have a positive experience in the site, and keep the community ...
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What to do with two old questions that are clear duplicates but not marked so?

There are so many questions; plenty of things just fall through the cracks. When you come across clear-cut old duplicates flag/vote one of them as such. (Click "flag" select "a duplicate" etc.) ...
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Totally similar questions are not closed for years

There are many thousands questions on the site, and it's not always easy to find the duplicates. When you do find one, feel free to flag it (or vote to close it) as a duplicate, even if it's old.
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Should duplicate questions be deleted?

If a duplicate will improve search then it should be left. There are questions on the site whose title bears little relation to the general form of the question it answers, or to a number of different ...
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Does it make sense to flag a question as duplicate if it already has an answer?

Yes. It does. It helps to sort the site, it helps to point people to more answers, and it helps to signal that perhaps one should search the site before posting a question.
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Flagged duplicate "Does this answer your question?" text is misleading

In principle, I have no issue with the new language, i.e. "Does this answer your question? [link]" The premise is that the asker is the best qualified person to determine whether or not their ...
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How can I make sure the problem I want to ask has not been presented before?

Yes, you did your part, so feel free to add it. In fact, to make it easier for folks to find it in the future, you can add statements like I tried googling for "keywords", but could not find it. (i....
15 votes

How to avoid duplications?

The bad news is that there is no foolproof way to find duplicates. The good news is that the standard for being a good community member is not perfection. It sounds like you're making an effort to ...
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What if the duplicate has a better answer than the original?

What would happen to these answers (I assume they will be deleted)? Typically, nothing would happen to these answers. By default, duplicate questions aren't deleted, and unless the question is ...
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Why community in SE deleted my comment related to the below duplicate question?

I am sorry for the frustration, but it is of nobody's doing, specifically. The automatic comment posted upon a vote to close as a duplicate or also a flag as duplicate, the current case, gets ...
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Automatically redirecting to the duplicate question

The difference is due to the fact that the latter question has an answer (no redirect), while the former does not have one (redirect). The rationale for this feature, added in spring 2012, is ...
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Whither the duplicate?

The following might best be viewed as a long comment. First: There will always be cases where five or more people will decide on the wrong thing to do. Second: I think it is hard to give a clear cut ...
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This question is an exact duplicate of: Page Not Found

Usually, duplicate targets are not deleted. They cannot be deleted by votes. Only, auto-deletion can happen, yet usually duplicate targets are not eligible for auto-deletion as they need to be ...
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What's going on with my flag?

"I was certain from the very beginning that my vote is a waste of time, since one needs some knowledge and willingness to perceive why that question is a duplicate, ..." I'm willing to grant that ...
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On the correct procedure after answering a quadruplicate question

In general, if you find multiple duplicates and none are closed, you should pick the best formulation of the question to be "the original" (more accurately, the "duplicate target"). It isn't super ...
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Is it against the rules to ask about a different proof for a proposition which has already been asked?

It's all about learning math now and curating great content for the future. You are of course welcome, encouraged even, to propose a substantially different answer to an existing Question. The ...
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Closing a poor question as off-topic or as a duplicate?

I am promoting my comments to an answer, as this came up again in CURED again today. My flowchart is as follows: Is the question of sufficient quality to keep on the site? Yes. Go to step 2. No. ...
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What's the difference between duplicate flag and close duplicate flag?

The only difference is that flagging directly as a duplicate takes one less click than flagging to close as a duplicate. This can be inferred from the dialog you see after flagging as a duplicate: ...
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What if the duplicate has a better answer than the original?

I guess that my strong antipathy towards duplicates is by now adequately documented. I want to add the following points. Closing a question as a duplicate does not hurt the asker one bit, because ...
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Can't close duplicate bounty questions with exactly same "accepted" answers

This is an unusual situation. The main problem is the repost of the question by the asker. This is not admissible. Somehow this went unnoticed. That they then got both bounties is an astonishing twist....
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