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Why will the mods delete a question for being a duplicate, even if the question was asked years ago?

Asked by jca (36043points) February 3rd, 2011

Fluther is changing so rapidly. Most of the Jellies that were here when I started over 3 years ago are no longer active. It’s almost like an All-New Fluther! Yet sometimes I will post a question and it will be moved to editing for being a duplicate. The answers that we will get now are most likely going to be totally different answers, since there are mostly totally different Jellies.

Do the mods not realize that?

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KatawaGrey's avatar

Can you give an example of what you’re talking about, please? As a mod, I have never deleted a question as a duplicate if it is a year old or more. Often, users also simply don’t realize that a question has already been asked recently.

bob_'s avatar

Why, power trips, of course ~

Dog's avatar

Thanks for asking this question- and anyone who thinks this has happened please contact the mod staff (using the button on top) and ask for us to take a closer look.

The honest answer is we don’t delete a question for being a duplicate when it is that old.

For the most part we allow questions that are duplicates of questions over a year old- and sometimes 6 months depending on the question.

That being said this mod made a mistake this morning thinking a question was a duplicate of this one asked a couple of days ago. While they are very similar they are not duplicates.
I am sorry about that. :(

I will ask @Augustlan to restore it for you or you can re-ask it and I will send you the original text. Please just let me know.

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

I guess they are human, which is why I guess you can have the question of “does _______ love me?” said slightly different 5 dozen different ways and it is still a new question. I know what you mean and it is a wonder….... :-P

augustlan's avatar

I just wanted to let you know that we’ve restored your question. Sorry for the mix-up!

YARNLADY's avatar

What? I see duplicate questions every single day.

KatawaGrey's avatar

@YARNLADY: Then flag them.

jca's avatar

No, duplicate questions will come up when you ask them, but I will still ask it if the question was last asked years ago, as there are new users now and it’s likely to receive all different opinions, ideas, advice. I don’t see duplicate questions that have been asked recently.

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