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In this specific example I'd still consider it a duplicate. Problem 1: They're asking for the same result. If I were to answer the newer question, that answer would also be applicable to the older question, no? If answers to either question can be given to both, then that's a pretty sure sign that it's a duplicate. Problem 2: They're ignoring other ...


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Listen to this post. Users can't just vote to close or whatever and expect everyone to understand. Some of the flagging reasons are hard to understand and if you don't add a specific reason, how are we suppose to know why you voted to close. None of us are mind-readers :) A good thing to think about is to: Coach new users that have written a not acceptable ...


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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 ...


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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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I think the premise of the question was a little thin... I wouldn't have voted to close it as off-topic though. I think part of the problem is that close-voters are using off-topic as a catch all, when other reasons like "unclear what you're asking" or "too-broad" would be a better fit. This is a problem we really need to get a handle on... especially ...


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