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Should we delete very late duplicate answers?

Most such answers are by newcomers. Silent downvoting is a great way to make them feel unwanted. So I would suggest a polite comment and perhaps deletion after a few days.
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User closing a duplicate question, but also answering

If you're gonna close the question, don't answer it. Main Meta's discussion of How should duplicate questions be handled? says: Should I answer it? No, not if you think it's a duplicate. If you don't ...
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When should riddles be considered duplicates?

Two riddle postings are duplicates if they essentially set the same riddle in the same way. They have to follow a very similar path to get you to the same answer, with similar/identical hinting about ...
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Are you allowed to post a puzzle identical to another except in its solution criterion?

Yes. If the solution criterion is different, then the puzzle being posed is in essence different, even if the setup is the same. It wouldn't be a duplicate of the previous puzzle. A few caveats (which ...
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Should we delete very late duplicate answers?

I believe that in most cases we should comment and down-vote rather than simply delete. The presence of a publicly visible answer with many down-votes and comments about it's redundancy seems a ...
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How could a question be marked duplicate in 2 minutes?

It was spotted very soon after posting by a riddle expert with a 'dupehammer'; their gold tag badge lets them singlehandedly close a question as a duplicate of another one. You can see this when you ...
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Number Construction Puzzles: What Constitutes a Duplicate?

The general rule is that a new question is a duplicate of an existing one if an answer to the existing question would also answer the new question — even if no such answer has yet been given, if it’s ...
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Is a puzzle identification question duplicate of the puzzle itself

I disagree with closing this question as a duplicate, for a couple of reasons. First, the question it is a duplicate of is very general (an arbitrary number of jugs, of arbitrary size), and is ...
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Tips for searching for duplicates

Thank you for wanting to make the effort for not posting duplicates! Sometimes, it's really hard to know upfront, because you're posing the puzzle in a different context (random example: using a story ...
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Duplicates of duplicates?

Technically, yes, they both should be marked as a duplicate of the original. But in the end, it doesn't matter too much. Users can quickly and easily follow the trail back, and the trail is only short....
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Avoiding asking duplicate questions

+1 for thinking on duplicates. I think you're right that it can often not be avoided by newcomers, but I don't agree with "beeing easier" on those question. As a poster, you should not feel ...
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Are questions that change the premise slightly duplicates?

I think it's important to distinguish between puzzles which change the premise slightly, but in a fashion which requires a totally different solution, versus those whose solution would be readily ...
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Is a dupe riddle really a dupe, if you can't tell without independently solving it?

This is a really good question. Here is a not so great answer. I would direct you first to our tour. In particular our purpose is described as: Puzzling Stack Exchange is a question and answer ...
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Number Construction Puzzles: What Constitutes a Duplicate?

I accidentally stumbled across this question and was rather surprised to see a discussion about my puzzles. In general I agree. We don't want to see puzzles that are too similar, even if they are not ...
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Duplicates of duplicates?

Actually, the trail may seem unnecessary, but it may also be a good thing. By linking duplicate after duplicate, users who are trying to find an answer can navigate to the duplicate that best suits ...
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Is a puzzle identification question duplicate of the puzzle itself

Personal opinion: I think closing is the best option, but for a different reason. I'd just label it as 'too broad', given the abundance of such puzzles existing. Marking it as duplicate, while ...
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Is a puzzle identification question duplicate of the puzzle itself

Yes, because the alternative is to answer "The answer to your question is this question over here", and the dupe system deals with the situation more neatly (IMO).
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Are questions that change the premise slightly duplicates?

I've been thinking of a method of classifying the level of duplication (actually, the level of difference) of two questions for a while. I'm not suggesting this as a site-wide standard or anything, I ...
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User closing a duplicate question, but also answering

Rubio's answer is OK, but since my addendum to it in comments was well-received, I'm posting it as a new answer. Answering duplicate questions - a classification In general, answers on duplicate ...
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Procedure to find and remove duplicates

Why do you want to delete these? Duplicates are meant to be "signposts," to help others find the question they're looking for. If someone searches using the same or similar search terms as you, ...
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Asking your question from another site

If you would like, you can flag the post for moderator attention, so that a moderator on that site can migrate the post to Puzzling. Answers and comments will stay, but votes will be reset if the post ...
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