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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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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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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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Wrong closure as duplicate

Today I got an upvote for my answer to Rotated $\ltimes$ symbol which has since been closed as duplicate of How to look up a symbol or identify a math symbol or character? Looking at the question ...
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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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My question was already asked, but its accepted answer doesn’t suit me

I have a question I’d like to ask — and it turns out to be pretty much an exact duplicate of an earlier question, except with a very slightly different example. (Specifically, the difference is just ...
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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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How can we (and should we) help new users on pushing unanswered posts?

I just noticed that it can be hard for new users on our site to push some existing but not answered question. If a new user finds such a post (maybe the first visit on our site), he will have only two ...
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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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One 'Two figures' is better than another

I'm just offering some feedback as a person who gets a lot of assistance from the TEX.SE. There are two highly voted question regarding putting two figures on the same page: here and here. The first ...
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How to handle my duplicates

Today I asked the question Use red!50!blue with \definecolor and shortly after asking I found that it’s a duplicate so I voted to close it as duplicate but I wonder what the community prefers? Vote ...
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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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How to deal with TeX.SE question that is duplicate of a question on another StackExchange site?

Is it possible to flag a question as a duplicate of a question on another StackExchange site (SE site)? What if the question is closed there as off-topic? For example, see this question on TeX.SE and ...
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Modifying “Possible duplicate:” links

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 ...
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Downvoting duplicates?

Is downvoting a duplicate (but otherwise sound) question a good thing to do? It seems to me that it unnecessarily alienates new users (who are probably the most likely to ask a duplicate question.) ...
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A consolidated 'recovering material from a PDF' question and answer?

A question which comes up in one form or another reasonable regularly is 'How do I turn a PDF back into .tex?': see for example Can I recover my .tex file?. Some, but not all, of these questions are ...
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Possible duplicate - Exact Duplicate

This might be a duplicate but: When a question is closed for being a possible duplicate it adds an automatic header But in the closing explanation, we also have: Is there any difference between ...
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“possible duplicate of” [closed]

When one votes to close a question as being a duplicate, a comment is automatically added of the form possible duplicate of Other Question Here I guess it's good that something appears, but the ...
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Should we post a catch-all question answering “What's this font?” on TeX.SX?

I was tempted to ask this on the main site, since there has been many such questions I've come across, but thought I'd ask here first. Here are some questions dealing with fonts (some answered ...
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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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Duplicate marking

When marking duplicates, shouldn't newer post be the duplicate of an older post and not the other way around? How can a post from 2012 be a duplicate to something from 2013? 2012: Putting in MATLAB ...
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Deleting duplicate questions

In this question, Joseph writes "In general, we've agreed not to delete or merge duplicate questions." Why is that, when was this agreement reached, and do we still follow that? As a side question, ...
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Can we expand the “How to look up a math symbol” to all kinds of symbols?

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 ...
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Package loading order questions need some work

Today, this question popped up: Is there a hierarchy between packages? I was sure it was a duplicate, and found this question: What's the right order when loading packages? (First duplicate) ...
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Project Reduplication of Deduplication - TeX

Stack Exchange recently started a collaboration project with the University of Melbourne, in an attempt to improve the automatic detection of duplicate questions. More information on the project and ...
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Should we link duplicates in both directions

I think it would be helpful for a user searching on a topic if the duplicates are linked in both directions, so one find’s the maximum of possible answers. What do you think?
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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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Question about “is it possible without using specific packages”

This question has been closed as a duplicate. The OP was asking "whether it is possible to do something without the use of specific packages" and the duplicate reference only have answer about loading ...
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Should I remove an answer which turns out to be a duplicate?

I answered a question without thinking too much, and then it occurred to me that something similar must have been addressed before, and I found it. Should I remove my answer and mark the question as ...
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How to search for duplicates and handle them?

Finding duplicates for a question, if they exist, is not always easy. What techniques can I use to find question duplicates? How should duplicates be handled?
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Should we mark a question as duplicate if old question has no answers?

A recent question minted-make-text-non-selectable-on-output-pdf) seems like a duplicate of an older question remove-selectable-text-from-source-code-pdf-output However, neither the older question ...
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TeX questions on StackOverflow

Before you close this question as a duplicate: I know that the common sense in the meta answers is "TeX questions on Stackoverflow are on-topic there and we separately answer questions, even if they ...
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how to handle “past” duplicates

I found that a few questions I have answered recently as "new" were in fact duplicates of old questions that were not answered at the time, or may accept alternative answers. How should I handle those ...
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Duplicate vote clarification

I've seen that Beamer: including items only some slides using a relative syntax has been closed as a duplicate of How to make beamer overlays with Tikz node Would it be possible for the voters to ...
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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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Non-duplicate question with overlapping answer

The question datetime2 define dates "globally" outside of \begin{document} has been marked as a duplicate of Formatting datetime2 in LaTex to 4th September, 2016 without the current day? but ...
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OP asks the same question two or three times or does the same strange things several times

While observing new questions I have found this one: https://tex.stackexchange.com/questions/376325/citation-with-see-or-cf. Which, as pointed out in the comments, was already asked by the same user. ...
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What should I do if the question is a duplicate, but I can find a new answer?

An example: How to define a macro which does not read the next token after itself?, for which my planned question must appear here Space after LaTeX commands. What should I do to help OP and in the ...
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Reopen more detailed question

The question [1] Latex or PdfLatex to generate DVI has been closed as a duplicate of [2] Which graphics formats can be included in documents processed by latex or pdflatex? [1] includes more low-...
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Question about “possible duplicate”

Today I've found LaTeX figures side by side which as you can see is labeled as duplicate but not closed. After following the link to duplicated question: Caption issue when placing figure side by ...
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Deleted roots of duplicates

I would like to know what happens to a Question B that was closed as duplicate of Question A, when Question A gets deleted? Is Question B reopened automatically? Should it be?
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Answer in search of a question

I have again been tempted to answer a bad question with an encyclopedia-style answer. (Questions regarding the distinction between XeTeX and XeLaTeX and how they relate to TeX and LaTeX?) Would it be ...
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How to handle possible duplicates that treat the same thing but each a bit differently?

I was looking for coding style guidelines and came across a whole wealth of questions on the topic. It seems to me that they are somewhat redundant, although they discuss the topic from a slightly ...
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How similar should two questions be to qualify as a duplicates?

How similar should two questions be to qualify as duplicates? I'm thinking particularly of Add an Arab Word within an English Document and Arabic and greek inline text in russian document pdflatex. ...
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Voting versus flagging exact duplicates

Should I vote to close exact duplicates or flag them for mod attention or both? I just voted to close a question that was asking about resuming an enumeration. We've had this before and there is ...
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Quality of answers for duplicate questions

I've seen this question closed as a duplicate of this. It's actually a duplicate, but... Answers in the new question are much way better, than a duplicate. So, my reason was, why to close as a ...
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Mark a “marked as a duplicate question” as not duplicate

There is a question that is marked as a duplicate and my opinion is that it is not. I would like to ask how can I point it out? Should I flag it for moderator's attention and say my opinion or should ...
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Why was this question marked as a duplicate?

Use system fonts (Mac OS) while using book template I understand that it is a question about changing the font, but the asker was using the correct code to change font. My answer explains why it ...
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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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Is my question a duplicate?

I asked a question earlier that was quickly closed as a duplicate. Looking at the earlier question, I can see that it kinda sorta technically is a duplicate. However, the other question isn't clearly ...
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Bad link provided to a question already identified as a duplicate

Thanks to the responses from users in one of my recent meta question, I have discovered that having questions flagged as duplicates isn't always a bad thing. It's in fact a good way of adding new ...