There has just been a post which was repeated almost immediately due to a user account issue. In general, we've agreed not to delete or merge duplicate questions, but in this case the two versions don't add anything at all (I think). Would a bit of moderator 'cleaning up' be appropriate here?

  • sure, in this case there is no point in having both questions. Btw, its the same user id for both questions, so i don't understand what the problem was.
    – Caramdir
    Nov 17, 2010 at 21:09
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    @Caramdir: It wasn't half an hour ago! I've already done the merge on the two user IDs.
    – Joseph Wright Mod
    Nov 17, 2010 at 21:12
  • ok, didn’t know that you could do that (because otherwise I would have suggested merging the other way so that the user stays in control of the question).
    – Caramdir
    Nov 17, 2010 at 21:17
  • Seems a clear-cut case to me. But I recommend waiting 24hrs just to see if anyone stops by with a killer argument for keeping it. Nov 17, 2010 at 21:20
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    Mind you, deletes aren't forever, so we could just delete it and see if anyone complains! Nov 17, 2010 at 21:21
  • @Caramdir: The merge went the way it did as the first ID was 'unregistered' and the second was 'registered'. So the decision on direction was really made for me! As I understand it, the resulting single user ID should end up in charge of any questions which were written using either of the original ones.
    – Joseph Wright Mod
    Nov 17, 2010 at 21:33
  • @joseph: i meant that the questions, i.e. that the first question should be closed and not the second one. But since you merged the users it doesn't matter which question is kept.
    – Caramdir
    Nov 17, 2010 at 21:46
  • @Caramdir: My working assumption was that it made logical sense to a) merge the users and b) keep the 'parent' question if possible. I may of course be wrong.
    – Joseph Wright Mod
    Nov 17, 2010 at 21:54
  • No, you are right. May comment was just about the hypothetical case that merging of users is impossible.
    – Caramdir
    Nov 17, 2010 at 22:50

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Okay, it seems like the best answer here is:

  1. Flag up that one of the questions will be deleted
  2. Wait 24 hours for any objections
  3. Actually do the deleting

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