In this question I found out that there's a better duplicate than the one mentioned in "Possible duplicate:" automatically added text. I decided to edit the question and add the other link.

Now I'm not sure if this was a good idea. Whence I would like to know what is the opinion of other people on adding possible duplicated to the question.

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I've done this before. My guidelines are:

  1. Keep the original possible duplicate. That was, after all, the majority view. If I disagree with this then I'd want to discuss it first (here or in chat).
  2. Make the plurality clear: "Possible duplicate s" and put them in a list.

Other than that, this is a good idea so long as it really is a possible duplicate and not just a "you might also want to see". For the latter then I'd put it in a comment (whereupon it also turns up in the "Linked" list).

After all, so long as it is a reasonable duplicate then you are adding value so this is a reasonable thing to do.

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    Re “That was, after all, the majority view”: it’s the majority view among the first five closevoters, but that’s a pretty small sample size. Commented Jan 12, 2013 at 2:58

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