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What to do when a non-duplicate question has the answer?

There is a question asked a few days ago on "Reaching 50% the speed of light using a centrifuge" that is effectively answered by a very nice answer to a different question on "Does a ...
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How to resolve multiple open duplicates of essentially the same question

There are 4 variations of essentially the same question about the effect of pressure on dew point. From oldest to newest they are: How does athmospheric pressure influence dewpoint? To calculate the ...
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Should we flag a duplicate question if it has more engagements comparing the original post?

Look at this question: Does the universe have a center?. (original, unpopular) Now, look at this one: Did the Big Bang happen at a point?. (duplicate, famous) If you notice, the duplicate post has a ...
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I want to ask a question that is similar, but not identical, to an existing one

I would like to know why hot air holds more water vapor. There is this question: Why does hot air contain more water? But I would like a more quantitative explanation. Ideally, an explanation based on,...
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Can a question be closed if it exists on another Stack Exchange site?

Can a question be closed or called a duplicate if it has already been asked with or without answers on another Stack Exchange site? Since many topics of physics and biology tend to intersect with ...
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What to do about old unanswered questions? [duplicate]

I am relatively new to SE and I am wondering what is the best thing to do when I ask a question that remains unanswered (not even through comments) for a long time? Is it allowed to re-ask the same ...
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Should useful duplicates be obviously linked from their nominal original question?

There has been much discussion in the past on both Physics and other Metas about How to deal with answers to duplicate questions, especially when the duplicate questions or its answers are useful. It ...
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Yet another question for reopening

My question on diagonalizing the inertia tensor using Euler angles was closed as a duplicate. The suggested duplicate is a question on converting a rotation matrix to Euler angles. My question is how ...
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Question marked as duplicate older than supposed duplicate

The question 450511 Does a physical interpretation of density matrix cross-terms exist? of which I recently updated my answer, has been marked as duplicate of question 536038 Non-diagonal matrix ...
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Could book recommendations for non-equilibrium statistical mechanics be reopened?

I was looking for books on non equilibrium statistical mechanics and found the question severely lacking in good answers. Also the reason for closing it was a "duplicate" question about ...
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This is not a duplicate

I have a question about my Physics Stack Exchange post: If antiparticles are particles moving back in time, would messages from the future be possible? It was marked a duplicate of Is anti-matter ...
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Once a question has been cross-posted on a different site (i.e., a cross-site duplicate) and received an answer on the other site, what should we do?

The topic of cross-site duplicates has come up in many Physics.Meta questions so far, for example: Is it OK to cross-post a question that you previously asked in other SE site? Should users be cross-...
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What to do when duplicate targets disagree?

There are several questions on Physics S.E. which have been marked as duplicate targets, yet their answers disagree with another. Two such examples would be Is energy conserved in an expanding ...
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Is there a way to easily/automatically merge the many Veritasium questions?

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 ...
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What happens when upvoting the automatic comment indicating duplicate?

When flagging a question as a duplicate, a comment appears under that post: "Does this answer your question?..." I have noticed that sometimes this comment has been upvoted. Also I have ...
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What should I flag as duplicate? New question or old question?

Someone asked this question: Why linear displacement is length of the arc? which is similar to this question: Confused about linear displacement in circular motion. The second question has been ...
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Answer deleted when posted to duplicate question

I came across the question Why does the melting point of water decreases with increase in pressure? and answered it. I found a day later that an earlier, almost identical question had been asked by ...
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Should I refrain from marking a question as a duplicate of my question or of a question that I answered?

Clearly, marking a question as a duplicate of either my own question or of a question that I answered is not against the rules. But, there seems to be a conflict of interest in the context of the &...
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A downvoted question vs. a very well-received duplicate version of the same question!

Some months ago I asked a question entitled The "Satellite Paradox": Twin paradox in orbiting satellites, and a duplicate version entitled Special Relativity in Free Fall has recently ...
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Why aren't "duplicate" questions allowed?

It implies that some random answer from the past is the definitive answer. And we all know that questions can be answered many different ways. And the duplicate question usually isn't an exact ...
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Please Consider Re-opening This Question

My question at Evidence that Time is a Natural Phenomenon? was closed as a duplicate of What is time, does it flow, and if so what defines its direction? I read the related question and I don't see ...
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What should I do when a question is made duplicate to a not really relevant other question?

This question How can photons destructively interfere?, definitely and clearly a question about photons, was made duplicate to a general waves question: What happens to the energy when waves perfectly ...
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Re-asking this specific reference request [duplicate]

A few days ago, I requested reference for TVMF. Unfortunately, this question was downvoted without a reason specified giving no space to improve and inappropriately making the question potentially ...
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Care over closing "duplicate" questions

On a number of occasions, I have seen questions closed as duplicates although the linked question either did not have answers, or had only poor answers, and in some cases it had already been closed (...
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Why was my question closed as duplicate although the linked questions are related to different topics?

I asked this questiion yesterday: Does the shape of the Universe refer to the curvature of spacetime in 5-dimensional space? While I now understand and got good answers, my question was closed as ...
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Should I "migrate" an answer to another SE site?

Not understanding that it was (possibly) inappropriate, I asked a question on Physics SE that was very similar to a question that I had already asked on Aviation SE. Now that I understand that it was ...
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Should I not ask a question on Physics Stack Exchange if I have already asked a similar question on Aviation Stack Exchange? [duplicate]

Is it recommended not to ask a question on Physics Stack Exchange if the same user has already asked a very similar question on Aviation Stack Exchange? I have received a message (from another user ...
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Good answers to duplicate questions

I had a decent answer that received upvotes to a question that was later closed as a duplicate. Since the answer was well received, I thought it would be good to post it to the original question. I ...
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What should I do to prove that my question is not similar to existing questions?

I am getting a notification that this question: If Newton's third law is true, why do things compress? is similar to this question: If Newton's third law is true, why can we sink in sand? ...
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Would it be possible to give 10 minutes warning to people writing answers that the question will be closed or made duplicate in less than 10 minutes?

I had spent some time answering this question, when it was made duplicate by an announcement at the top "this question will no longer be accepting answers". Would it not be possible to give ten ...
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What should be done about a user asking the same question 5 times in two days?

A user has asked five almost identical questions about a misunderstanding of rope tension during the past two days. They are receiving similar answers, but don't agree with or accept any of them. ...
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Question closed as duplicate but question clearly demonstrates understanding of duplicate. Is asking something else

I'm fairly sure I am asking something different than the proposed duplicate. And the question itself demonstrates understanding of the proposed duplicate answer Is there an alternative number to the ...
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Confused over site policy regarding similar questions

I asked the question Confusion over QM Free Particle Propagator - Shankar 5.1 last night and it was closed as a duplicate earlier today, because it is similar to the question Free particle ...
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Should I edit closed or duplicate, but recently active questions?

The title says it all. While surfing through the questions page in Physics SE, sometimes I stumble upon a few closed and duplicate questions which are begging me to get salvaged. Simply put, they ...
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Is there some rule regarding a user posting the same answer at different (but similar) questions?

Recently I found that one user was posting the same answer (copy of a single answer) at different question though they were similar enough for same answer to be posted. So what is the consensus of the ...
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Is it right to post the same answer twice?

The question Why pouring milk from a height makes a chain shape? is marked as a duplicate of the question Wavy stream of liquid. The first one is about the chain-shape of a stream of flowing milk ...
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False duplicate

I asked this question: What is the magnetic field of a radially moving current? "What is the magnetic field of a radially moving current?" It was closed as a duplicate of "Why is the magnetic field ...
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A question erroneously labeled as duplicate

A question was submitted by user929304 titled: Balance of a spinning coin This question is about the case of rolling motion, as in, for instance, rolling down an incline. So you see a coin rolling ...
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Is this really a duplicate (object dropped in liquid)?

This question was considered a duplicate because of a previous question titled "Height of Water 'Splashing'". However, the previous question only considers the height of the splash, whereas answers to ...
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How to respond to an answer to a clearly duplicate question?

I have often noticed that even when a question is an obvious duplicate and it has been pointed out in the comments, some of us are posting answers to such questions without clarifying as to why they ...
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What to do to my duplicate marked question?

I recently asked a question Can't we make big magnetic plate to levitate using gravity?. Maybe late, but I edited the question to prove it unique, but nothing seems to happen. Should I ask the ...
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Wrongly marked duplicate about why decay is random

I am not sure how to raise this issue, but I was looking for an answer to the question How do we know that nuclear decay is truly random and spontaneous?. This is an important question because we don'...
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Is it ok to link my own questions from another SE site?

While I was suspended for low quality questions. I asked astronomy.SE if it would be ok to write some of my low quality questions from here to a higher quality there? They said yes and I did and they ...
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Does the mechanism for marking duplicates change when you reach 50k rep, and if so, can this be avoided?

I voted to close this question as a duplicate, and to my surprise it was immediately closed. The message in the yellow box lists only my name, which makes it sound like my own vote was the only one ...
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Tips for quickly and efficiently searching for duplicate questions on Physics SE

There have been some recent discussions that it's getting increasingly difficult to find duplicates or near-duplicates of questions posted by new users, on the main site. Similar concepts are getting ...
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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?
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Is the demise of Stack Exchange (as we know it) ineluctable?

I feel concerned about a thought that I had recently. I am wondering if the current policy about duplicate questions may become problematic in the (very) long term for the health of Stack Exchange. ...
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Two similar-looking mechanics questions are not duplicates

This question about which way a bicycle will move when the pedal is pulled horizontally was closed as a duplicate of this question about how a yoyo will move when it is pulled horizontally. They are ...
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A duplicate question

This question Good books to understand the basics of material science Was marked as duplicate and redirected to Best Materials Science Introduction Book? The thing is, the second question was ...
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Is it OK to copy and paste part of own answer over and over, to answer new questions?

Here I report a subjectively funny case of a person who posts a wall of text over and over, since at least two years, to answer questions. He does modify it in order to adapt it to the asked question, ...
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