Just today, two questions popped up that asked for symbols that aren't necessarily math-specific, but that still are answered by the famous duplicate top dog How to look up a symbol or identify a math symbol or character?.

Can we change the scope and wording of this question so that it applies to all kinds of symbols, perhaps with a slight focus on math symbols? The top answers refer to symbols in general, the lower-ranking are pretty math-specific.

The way it is, I just don't think LaTeX: Numero sign ('№') really is a duplicate of How to look up a symbol or identify a math symbol or character?, because isn't a math symbol; but it really should be a dupe.

(I proposed this in a comment to the question, but didn't get any reaction.)

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Yes, it's very good to make a question more generic or even to a canonical question. Other questions, which would become duplicates this way (and possibly are less generic) can be closed, possibly answers merged.

This is a nice explanation:

In such cases, a good way is so submit an edit or an edit suggestion.

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    I've taken the bull by the horns and made the question more general.
    – Alan Munn
    Commented Jan 10, 2012 at 18:08
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    @AlanMunn Great! And now we could start the recursion by applying the answer to the question...
    – Stefan Kottwitz Mod
    Commented Jan 10, 2012 at 23:45

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