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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Are you allowed to post a puzzle identical to another except in its solution criterion?

Are you allowed to post a puzzle identical to another except in its solution criterion? I ask because of a 5-person puzzle I created where one person lies, one person tells the truth, one flips a coin ...
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Tips for searching for duplicates

I am a new user to Puzzling, and made some duplicate questions. But it is very difficult searching for duplicates in Puzzling, because some questions just have titles like e.g. "Number riddle&...
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Duplicates of duplicates?

When browsing around old questions, I came across this one. It was marked as a duplicate of this one, which was in turn marked as a duplicate of this one. This is the first time I've come across ...
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How could a question be marked duplicate in 2 minutes?

I saw this question. 2 minutes later, it was marked as a duplicate. How is this possible?
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Number Construction Puzzles: What Constitutes a Duplicate?

User Dmitry Kamenetsky posted some puzzles today (here and here) that I enjoyed working through - they were simple enough anyone could attempt them, but the matter is complex enough that some ...
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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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Is a puzzle identification question duplicate of the puzzle itself

Question:Trying to find a water measuring puzzle The above question was an identification request which was closed as a duplicate to this. While it is true that this question was in fact the puzzle ...
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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 ...
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At what point is a question a duplicate?

I recently asked The devil virus, which got put on hold for being too broad. I narrowed the question down and gave a hint, and now people are saying it's a duplicate of James Bond : No Access. I agree ...
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Water, gas, electricity puzzle

The question Connect 3 houses with 3 wells is a duplicate of a question I'm almost certain we've already had on the site. Searching for "gas is:question" or "connect is:question" or "overlap is:...
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Duplicate questions, each with answers

This question and this question are essentially the same. Ordinarily one would be closed as a duplicate, but at this point both questions have answers. What, if anything, should be done?
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Procedure to find and remove duplicates

I really hate asking duplicate questions, i.e. questions that have been asked once in some form or the other. I search by the exact words, but I can't find any questions and I go ahead and post the ...
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Asking your question from another site

If you asked a puzzle like question about a specific topic (such as a puzzle about math on the mathematics site, or Chess on the Chess site) and it wasn't received well, is it alright to still ask it ...
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Are questions that change the premise slightly duplicates?

To date, we've seen many questions that are almost exactly duplicates of each other - the logic used to solve the puzzles is exactly the same, but the words, quantities, values, etc. may be slightly ...