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One question is about general strategy. The other is about a specific mechanic that happens to be something that could be taken into account in an answer about general strategy. These are not duplicates. We don't serve anyone well by trying to force them to be. The reality is that asking for updates to an old question for new info most often fails. As the ...


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This sounds like a good idea. Listening to the community is a good idea. Experimenting is a good idea. Setting a specific time to review the results is a good idea.


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I think the closing->duplicate system is doing its job as intended. However, on the communication front, I feel it is lacking. One thing that always irked me when closing as duplicate was the wording of the auto-generated comment. "possible duplicate: [link]". It's impersonal and disenchanting, it focuses on the state of question itself, not the ...


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If you have a suspicion of sock puppetry, or other account shenanigans, raise a custom flag and mods can investigate it. If it's a duplicate to a recently asked question, it's probably the result of an unregistered user not knowing how to or wanting to post from a single account. It happens. Close the question as a dupe and move on. If both are unanswered, ...


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Here is a list of the most commonly repeatedly asked questions. These are almost all related to technical issues that people are having with the game. Pokemon Go login issues after update Is it possible to log back into a Pokemon Go account? Does it make a CP difference if you feed candies before or after evolving? Why are there no Pokémon near me? I can't ...


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It seems the consensus is to change the wording to be geared towards editing the current question, rather than asking another. I propose the quote should be: This question has been asked before and already has an answer. If those answers do not fully address your question, or if your question is actually different than the duplicate, [please edit your ...


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We should not be closing as duplicate anything except exact duplicates. Closing as a "duplicate" of a different question that would not naturally attract the same information as the new question is actually harder, and less likely to create quality answers, than just answering the new question and linking the other as "Related." It's also not prompt, and ...


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There are two problematic issues when closing a specific question as a duplicate of a broader one: If the broader one does not already answer the specific issue, even though it would be part of a complete answer, this looks like a pretty hostile move to the user asking the new question. We're essentially telling him that his question should be already ...


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Yes, if you think your answer is better than existing answers, post it! We want the best answers we can get. See: Duplicate answers and you


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I agree with the idea in general, and I've argued for some subset of this in the past. The most problematic case in my view was the one where the new question is a very specific one, and closed as a duplicate of a broad one that didn't actually contain any answer to the specific question. I'd still make some adjustments to this rule, I think closing ...


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This came up so infrequently that it's pretty difficult to make a policy decision based on the results. On the other hand, this came up so infrequently and was such a low burden that, to me, it makes sense to err on the side of helping the users over enforcing previous duplicate policy. My takeaway from the experiment is to give askers the benefit of the ...


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I merged the old question into the new question. Now we have all the answers from both on a single, better-worded question.


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If you feel like doing so, and can do so while not being a jerk about it, sure, go ahead. I don't however, think that this is incumbent on anyone, anymore than, say... explaining downvotes. If the fundamental purpose of our site is to help people who have questions get answers, the current system accomplishes that. When a dupe vote is cast, the user who ...


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If your questions are indeed different from existing questions, you can (and often have to) specify that, and they won't be deleted. These two questions are the only ones you seem to have asked: Is it possible to complete dawnguard and vampire storyline in same game? This was closed as a duplicate of Can I finish both sides of the Dawnguard DLC, and there ...


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A record of questions affected by this meta post: (I feel it's helpful to record results to evaluate if a change was effective or not.) What do I get from playing a Seasonal character without RoS? was closed as a dupe of What will I miss out on if I play Diablo 3 without Reaper of Souls? but was re-opened same day as of this meta rule posting. What is the ...


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So two things. First, the systems you noticed are meant to do just that. Unfortunately, users don't read and even those that do don't always process what they read enough to act (or sometimes even want to act). Comparative tags, similar questions, searching... there are lots of things to help users find answers to their question without asking it anew, but ...


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I cannot, in good conscience, support this rule. My arguments have already been made. To that end, I am abstaining from voting on duplicates completely until the time period has passed. I will not hinder the attempt. But I also will not help it.


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Someone already made a query, and it looks like there are currently 62 active questions duped to the list of error codes questions. This list doesn't include deleted questions or newly duped questions, though, so the true value might be slightly higher.


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Yeah I'm with Frank on this one. There are plenty of ways to search for questions about a specific game, search using game tags and rephrasing your question in the search bar. There's also nothing wrong with just not being able to find the dupe on your own and having your question marked as such. I think our efforts for closing questions would be more ...


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When two questions that are duplicates of each other both live long enough to attract answers before getting closed, it's not always as simple as "the older one wins" when marking as duplicates. It's a pretty subjective process at that point, but we like to try to choose the question with the best content as the canonical one, and close other questions as a ...


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Arqade is moderated by the community, but before you get access to all the moderation features we have to trust that you won't use them for bad things. The 'reputation' number next to a user's name is a kind of measure of how much that user is trusted, it's based on votes of your questions and answers. More rep, more trust, more 'Privileges' you can earn, ...


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It seems to me that they should be closed as duplicates of How can I determine if an NPC is available for marriage? since that question has the broadest scope and answers each of the other ones by telling people how to determine if an NPC is eligible.


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I think it's pretty clear from the comment votes that the only thing we all agree on is there is a problem here. In a perfect world, a new question is asked, marked as a dupe, asker either a) comments on the original answer to say it's out of date or b) complains on their dupe loudly enough that someone does it for them (if their rep is too low, for example)...


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My 2 cents. That comes straight from the Low Quality Review Queue prompts for a reason to suggest deletion of an answer. To me, this indicates that if the question is indeed different, then we should accept it as a new question. The user however, should show how it is a different question. The new question is when is a question different? This is ...


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The reason it was downvoted is probably because it lacks research effort. I did a quick google search with this text: steam how can I stop getting notifications when my friends start games? And I came up with multiple hits that answered the question exactly. Additionally, with just a couple minutes of searching on Arqade, I was able to find the question ...


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It seems pretty clear to me that this answer is better than either of the answers at your question. As such, we'd rather encourage people to go to to the question with that answer rather than to the question without it. If we made the other question a duplicate of your question, then people going to your question would never see the best answer. ...


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I have removed the erroneous duplicate from the list. In the future, flagging the post for moderator attention would also be an effective way to contact us directly.


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Either roll it back, or just flag it and a mod can reopen/recluse to force the new header. I've already done the latter in this case.


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