Questions tagged [duplicates]

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

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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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'...