There is a new Veritasium video, The Big Misconception About Electricity, which is prompting a bunch of nearly identical questions. Currently, although the questions are nearly identical most questions have not yet been closed as a duplicate, and it is unclear as to which of the many questions will eventually be the "primary" one that all of the others are duplicating.

Is there any way to automatically or retrospectively merge all of these questions? As it is, we are generating a lot of disconnected responses, which is not intended. But the usual paradigm assumes that questions on a specific topic trickle in, not as a flood.


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    $\begingroup$ Perhaps a Veritasium tag could help to manage the chaos. As I'm sure you recall, a similar thing happened after their one-way speed of light video. I proposed a one-way speed of light tag, but the idea wasn't popular physics.meta.stackexchange.com/q/13424/123208 And now almost all new speed of light questions are about the one-way speed... $\endgroup$
    – PM 2Ring
    Nov 21 at 16:40
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    $\begingroup$ Is there a natural candidate for the faq tag? $\endgroup$
    – Qmechanic Mod
    Nov 25 at 9:11

Promoting this answer from a comment:

Merging questions that are not literally identical is technically possible but almost never a good idea since someone has to be the OP of the resulting question and the other authors - and the rep they got from their question - just vanish into the ether. In addition, several of the linked questions insist they are not duplicates of the others (though whether that's true or not is another matter). Just vote to close as duplicate as you see fit. – ACuriousMind

In addition to voting to close questions based on the most appropriate duplicate (or perhaps eventually a “canonical” question and answer), a person who was curating this situation might leave a comment like

There are [multiple questions about this video](https://physics.meta.stackexchange.com/q/13917/44126)

on the new question, then follow the link back here and add the new question to the list.

The right way to group related-but-distinct questions is with a tag. But a tag like would be a meta tag which doesn’t by itself do anything to describe the physics content of the question. The questions might be grouped by something like or (though I haven’t checked to see whether those tags exist).


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