I did some digging through older topics and didn't see this one so I hope I'm not missing something.
Over the past few days, I've been clicking on duplicate topics and noticed that a lot of them are asked by new users. Here are a few examples:
These are all duplicates, were asked by new users, and weren't commented on aside from the pre-filled duplicate text.
Most of the duplicates asked by new users aren't bad questions. They've just been asked before. It's great that we link right back to the question it's a duplicate of. That's really helpful. I think we can go beyond that though. We frequently communicate with new users on other problem questions and answers (unclear, too broad, better as a comment, etc). Why can't we use duplicate questions as another opportunity to communicate with those who are new to the site?
In my opinion, the new users who ask duplicate questions are probably a good fit for our community. They've figured out what the site is for and how it works. Their only sin is not using the search (and come on, we've all done that before). I think leaving a comment that says something to the extent of, "Welcome to Arqade! You might have seen your question got marked as a duplicate. This doesn't mean you've asked a bad question, it's just been asked before! We've linked to the question that could help you find some answers."
I know some of this is said through the pre-filled duplicate text but I think that a more personalized message can make someone feel a lot more welcomed. And I like for people to feel welcome :)
I'm just curious what everything thinks. Should we communicate with new users who ask duplicate questions? Any ideas of what sorts of things we should say?