This might be a duplicate but:

When a question is closed for being a possible duplicate it adds an automatic header

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But in the closing explanation, we also have:

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Is there any difference between being a possible duplicate and an exact duplicate? It's certainly not a big deal and I can suspect that users with loads of points might see a lot of tiny details that are invisible to others.

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    @doncherry I am even more confused now. That logic does not make any sense to me. But anyway, it's not a big deal. We can close this one too. Or should I delete it?
    – percusse
    Commented Jan 18, 2012 at 9:44
  • I think I once understood the reasoning, but right now it's not quite clear to me either. I don't know if we should or even can close this question. We definitely shouldn't delete it; it's useful to have the pointer to Meta Stack Exchange and there are probably more people wondering about the same thing as you.
    – doncherry
    Commented Jan 18, 2012 at 12:03
  • @doncherry Then please make your comment an answer.
    – percusse
    Commented Jan 18, 2012 at 21:35

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This truly confusing wording has been discussed on meta.stackoverflow.com, which serves as a meta site for all the stackexchange sites. I think I once understood the point behind it, but apparently not always. See for yourselves:

Wording of “possible/exact duplicates” when closing the question
Closed as an exact duplicate … Possible Duplicate [closed]

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    The first meta.SO question you're citing discusses a related but different issue. I'm not exactly sure if I understand the second linked question. Commented Jan 19, 2012 at 10:11

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