I just got this question (Is there any diplomatic effect for “You'll pay for this” responses when talking to other players?) in my Close Votes queue. It's being put up for closing as a duplicate of this similar question (What are the effects of Civilization V responses to other leaders?). The two questions overlap in content; the second question asks the same thing as the first, but generalises the question to encompass other responses as well.

However, the first question was asked more than two years before the proposed duplicate. The description of the duplicate reason states: "This question has been asked before and already has an answer."

I voted to leave the question open, since it was asked before the proposed duplicate, so the first clause of the close reason doesn't apply. Am I just being pedantic here, or is that the right course of action?

  • If possible, the older question/answers should be expanded to conver the more general case. This can, however, be problematic for older questions.
    – user9983
    Jun 10, 2013 at 21:01
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    It's nice to prioritize older questions, but it's a secondary concern. If a newer one does the same thing better, then the older one should be closed to point to it. Jun 10, 2013 at 21:05
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    Another similar case: The question, "Can NPCs drown?" was closed as a duplicate of "Will followers drown?" (older question), despite the former fully covering the general case (all followers are NPCs). Jun 11, 2013 at 4:07

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I flagged the older question as a duplicate of the newer one because the newer question had the best answer.

Ideally, duplicate questions are never asked or are quickly closed. In this case where the duplication went undetected and the new, duplicate question was answered, I think that keeping the question with the best answer open is the right thing to do.

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    I'm more inclined to leave the better question open, which from my brief look, appears to have happened.
    – MBraedley
    Jun 12, 2013 at 19:19

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