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The question Correctly inserting a USB connector on the first try, was asked about a week ago, and it is a duplicate of the earlier question How can I make sure I get the USB plug in the right way up?. However, the older question has closed as a duplicate of the newer one, which isn't really what duplicates are meant for. It's even in the duplicate close text:

This question has been asked before and already has an answer. If those answers do not fully address your question, please ask a new question.

I can understand changing the convention in cases where one question is of extremely poor quality, but that just isn't the case here. Why was this older question closed as a duplicate of the newer one?

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Done.

I reopened the older question and closed the newer as a duplicate of the older. I then merged the older question into the newer.

My reasoning behind this is not that the old question has automatic priority, but that it is the better question.

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Because it is not always the case when the newer questions are closed as dupes of older ones; often the question with better answers is a dupe target, as it appears to be in this case: I believe that the newer one has more complete and interesting answers and therefore should be a target for closing similar questions. I am afraid I can't agree with @Mooseman (edit: now just rev 1 :)).

Also, just a side note for mods: I'd merge these questions.

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  • If both questions have good answers, which in this case they do, then merging would be a good solution. In fact, it's exactly what should be done. However, closing an older question as a dup of a newer one based solely on the answers just isn't what dup votes are meant for. – Wipqozn Mar 18 '15 at 16:44
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    @Wip "closing an older question as a dup of a newer one based solely on the answers just isn't what dup votes are meant for" - that's one function of dupe votes, if you don't know. – nicael Mar 18 '15 at 16:45
  • Not really, no . When both questions have good answers, then the questions should be merged. That's why merging exists. Duplicate votes are intended to keep all the answers in one place. If a question gets good answers before it's dup closed, then it should be merged. – Wipqozn Mar 18 '15 at 16:48
  • In anycase, this situation has been resolved in a fantastic way, so no point continuing to discuss when to dup and when not to dup. – Wipqozn Mar 18 '15 at 16:52

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