This question has been asked 6 years and 10 months ago. How can it be a duplicate of this question, which has been asked 4 years and 4 months ago? Shouldn't the second be marked as a duplicate?


Shouldn't the second be marked as a duplicate?

In this specific case, the first question (together with its answers) is noticeably less clear and useful than the second one, and indeed it covers a strict subset of the latter. How would it help the site to close the second one as a duplicate of the first one?

On the other hand, I am bothered by the fact that the $1\to 2$ duplicate closure happened as a result of a unilateral action on the part of the author of the Q&A at the second question, which to my mind kind of over-steps what the dupehammer should be used for. A more appropriate course of action would have been to vote this into the closure queue and let the community decide, I should think.

Still, in this instance I agree with the closure, so I'm not throwing any stones.

  • $\begingroup$ It seems relevant to mention that the second thread is a CW. $\endgroup$ – Qmechanic Jan 20 at 20:19
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    $\begingroup$ @Qmechanic Sure, but that doesn't much change my opinion on that closure - that should've gone through the queue. It's a conflict of interest, CW or not. $\endgroup$ – Emilio Pisanty Jan 20 at 20:26

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