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Where do the guidelines address duplicate questions?

Asked by Hawaii_Jake (30619points) August 30th, 2010

I recently asked a question that was sent to editing, because it was a duplicate. But if there is no mechanism for bringing old questions to the front page again, then how can there be a complaint that any given question is a duplicate?

Should duplicates be allowed?

What about the famous line of questions about good things that happened to you today…part II, III, IV, V…XII? Doesn’t that seem like a silly way to get around duplication?

Should there be a way to bring questions back to the main page to solicit more input?

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ucme's avatar

You know what? Once in a while I would say yes duplicates should be permissable.I mean there’s always an influx of new users.Nice to hear fresh opinions on an old topic.

bob_'s avatar

Well, damn, I couldn’t find anywhere in the guidelines where it said duplicates aren’t allowed. I agree with @ucme, it’s nice to hear fresh opinions.

Seaofclouds's avatar

Once you answer an old question it does go back to the top when you are looking at the “active” tab. Since that is not the default tab, I doubt most people look at it. I don’t think there is anything wrong with asking a question that someone else asked months ago (and I think it should be allowed). I always thought the duplicate question option under the flags was for when one person asks the same question over again instead of looking at the one they asked previously.

augustlan's avatar

We usually only remove very recent duplicates or questions that have been asked so often we no longer accept any questions on the subject (2012 springs to mind). I don’t know that it’s specifically addressed in the guidelines, but perhaps it should be.

syz's avatar

As the mod who returned your question, I can tell you that plenty of questions get repeated. But your question had been asked (in very similar wording) a mere week earlier.

YARNLADY's avatar

Thank you for asking this question. I often refer to the ‘active’ tab for questions from the past. As above, when the same question is asked twice in a short time, it is redundant.

zen_'s avatar

I just rehash old questions; one in three slides by the mods. But then, I’m cute.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

@everyone: Thank you all. That answers the question.

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