Questions tagged [duplicates]

This tag is referring to the process of identifying and closing questions that are duplicates of another question.

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Is a dupe riddle really a dupe, if you can't tell without independently solving it?

Yesterday I posted a cookie-cutter formatted riddle. Turns out, someone else had already used the same cookie-cutter on the very same answer word. Because of the way that particular cookie-cutter ...
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User closing a duplicate question, but also answering

I came across a question today that was closed as a duplicate. One of the closers also answered the question (with 5 upvotes). Is the answer then considered low quality, and should be deleted? Or ...
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When should riddles be considered duplicates?

Many questions here on PSE are in the form of a straightforward riddle. I'm not talking about more complex puzzles which have a riddle element as well as many other parts to them, but just about ...
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Enough “22+4” questions. The originality is lost

There has been a recent spate of related "22+4" questions that can all be answered by using different cyclic numbering systems. The OP's always say "use base 10," perhaps not realizing that that ...
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Should we delete very late duplicate answers?

Yup. Duplicate answers. We have seen some of them in last few days. Like this, this, this, this and possibly many more which I didn't mention. They aren't exact duplicates but they still have the same ...
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Avoiding asking duplicate questions

Here's a problem that I have run into a couple of times recently. When writing a question - how could I effectively search that the puzzle hasn't been asked before? This problem is, I believe, ...
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Magic-square questions: teaching them instead of feeding them

This issue arises with this question. Theoretically, there can be an unlimited number of questions of the type- Find the solution to a magic square with each side and diagonal adding up to X. Of ...
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What to do when a duplicate is better than the original?

I thought I remembered a similar discussion to this earlier, but can't find it now. If this is a duplicate, please let me know. The community is pretty on top of things when it comes to flagging ...