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Duplicate Questions: A Trial

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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Is there a duplicate for that? Pokémon GO Edition

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 ...
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What to do about users posting the same question from multiple accounts?

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 ...
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Should we reword the closure text for duplicate questions?

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 ...
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A question I answered was closed as a duplicate - should I answer the linked question?

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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Duplicate Questions: A Trial

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? ...
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Duplicate Questions: A New Look

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 ...
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Handling these duplicate questions

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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Duplicate Questions: A Result?

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 ...
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Duplicate Questions: A Trial

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 ...
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Why is every question I ask getting deleted?

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 ...
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Please make more strict rules about what is to be considered a duplicate and what isn't!

First, you can find our current duplicate question policy in this question. The first question you reference, the one about No Man's Sky, not only is still open, but it has only one close vote. The ...
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Marking Duplicates - Isn't There A Better Alternative?

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 ...
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How many questions have been marked as a duplicate of "Is there a list of error codes for Minecraft?"

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 ...
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Duplicate Questions: A New Look

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 ...
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Duplicate mistake

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 ...
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Marking questions as duplicate

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 ...
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Why does my duplicate deserve so many downvotes?

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 ...
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Random/erratic duplicate marking

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 ...
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Question incorrectly marked as duplicate of question about an unrelated game

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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Can we have a "Feature x glitches out" duplicate target for all Pokemon Go performance problem questions?

This is not a good idea. Closing a question as a duplicate is meant to be done when the questions are duplicates, not when the answers are duplicates. Among other things, this causes a problem where ...
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How to get an up to date answer for old questions with obsolete answers?

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) ...
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What should be done about these similar Skyrim questions that ask if certain NPCs are available for marriage?

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 ...
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How should we respond to an edit that removes the old 'Possible Duplicate' markdown?

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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Duplicate Questions: A New Look

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 ...
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How similar can questions be?

I'm going to quote myself from my answer here where I covered this subject. Questions should not be closed as duplicates based on the similarity of the answers. While similarity of answers may be ...
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Duplicate Questions: A New Look

So having fallin victim to this with my question: with hardcore mode set if your guide dies is he dead forever (deleted need 10k to see) being marked as a dupe of Can NPCs really die? I am all for ...
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Several duplicate Minecraft skin questions

I went ahead and duplicated them to the oldest one. It seemed like the most appropriate action to take and 4 other users agreed with me in all cases. Case closed.
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