# How can a question be marked as a duplicate if it's been asked **earlier** than a similar question?

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?

• – Loong Jan 20 at 16:26
• – Qmechanic Jan 20 at 16:50

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.