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This tag is referring to the process of identifying and closing questions that are exact duplicates of another question.

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Closing questions as exact duplications: 'best practice'

One of the concepts behind the StackExchange model is that questions which have the same underlying basis can be treated as duplicates, so it's possible to have a single place where the answers are '...
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Duplicates and closing questions.

This is in part a public service announcement and in part an invitation for discussion (see also the comments on Martin Tapankov's nomination). First the announcement: everyone with at least 3000 rep ...
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Should 'how to install package X on Ubuntu' questions be consolidated?

This came up in a discussion of How to install additional LaTeX packages in Debian/Ubuntu. It seems to me that almost all users of Debian-derived OSes have two options when it comes to installing ...
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Asking existing questions differently to improve findability

Recently, I wondered what the algorithm for the placement of floats in TeX is. So I searched this site for "float placement algorithm" and did not find a suitable question - at least not directly. ...
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How to propose a question as duplicate without closing it due golden privilege?

Let's suppose I think a question with tikz-pgf tag is a duplicate of another one, but because I'm not sure about it I prefer someone else help me to decide it. The problem is that I have a gold medal ...
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What to do when a 'duplicate' question and answer are better than the 'duplicated' ones?

Today I flagged Avoid height flickering in a block when hiding content with \only as a possible duplicate of Avoiding jumping frames in beamer. Some other users also marked it as a duplicate, but ...
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Duplicate questions

Before posting a question on the forum, I check for answers related to my question. As always, I do not find any answers pertaining to my topic and ask my question. Nevertheless, a lot of my ...
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Duplicates tolerance is huge in this site

Many times I read questions from Newbies (like me) that are either too basic or which have already being asked many times and have accepted answers (judging from the links shown at the right of the ...
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Quick & easy reputation vs. flagging a question as duplicate

I've been using TeX.SE for some time now, both for questions and answers. Although I do flag a new question as duplicate if I know that question has been posted before, I often find myself tempted, ...
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Resurrecting old questions without being flagged as duplicate

A few days ago I posted the question, Revisiting producing structured PDFs from LaTeX. This asked how I could generate a tagged PDF directly from latex. Fairly quickly, the question was flagged as ...
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can we consider a question duplicate if there is an answer but not in this site

I'm not sure if this question has been asked before. Basically, some questions have answers in other websites which are somehow related to this site. For example, there are several examples in here ...
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Deleting really exact duplicates

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'...