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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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Why did I receive a message “We are no longer accepting questions from this account”? [closed]

I wanted to post a question on Wednesday night. So I typed half of it on the night and typed the other half this noon. So when I tried to post it the following message came. Why did I receive it?
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Adding option to get notification when a “followed” question is answered [duplicate]

I have read this question about the feature request for adding an option to get a notification when a "followed" question gets answers posted to them. The top answer seemed to indicate that such a ...
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Feature: Subscribing to Questions

It happens to me very often that I see an interesting question that I'd like to know the answer to. I'll favorite it but then never get notified if there is a change. It would be very nice to have a "...
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What are good examples of narrowing a homework question down to a conceptual question?

It is obvious that Physics SE community aren't here to solve specific physics problems. Homework policy, however, states that a question can be narrowed down to a conceptual question. To reinforce ...
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Is Vote to Close as Off-Topic an appropriate remedy for questions that are deemed too “populist”?

Background: There are users who have been using the privilege to vote to close a question as off-topic as a way of dealing with "populist" questions (see the discussion here) believing them to be "...
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Does math in my questions need to be in the form of MathJax?

I asked a question recently. With the question I included a picture of the question with my best handwriting. But received very harsh criticism from two users who insisted that the question be in ...
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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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What does conceptual mean?

I've told to come here by another user after my question was put on hold a few days ago for being "off-topic". What does "conceptual" mean? It's a word I see floating around a lot on this site and it'...
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What to do if my question ban is not getting removed?

I have read on the Physics S.E website that users get a chance to ask question after 6 months of question ban If you're unable to improve your existing questions, you'll get the chance to ask a new ...
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I need more light on the homework policy

Please, I need to know what is wrong if one posts their homework here and it is well formatted? The actual thing is they might have tried solving before coming here in the case where they didn't ...
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Engineering, what does Phys.SE deem as not Physics?

Right so I posted a question about something (not really important because the response is the important part). One of my responses (who I believe flagged the article) complained that it was not ...
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Not poorly received but still no answer: What can be done?

I asked the question Criterion for a Feynman loop diagram to give a finite value long back. Though it wasn't poorly received, I did not get an answer yet. What can I do to improve the question? Of ...
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Why I cannot ask question? [duplicate]

I cannot post a question anymore! What can I do to solve this problem? I think somebody did not like my questions and finally, a m... f... kills me. I do not have a lot of time. What can I do?
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Seeking attention towards the unanswered questions [duplicate]

Is there a way to re-iterate the attention of the readers towards my questions which remains unanswered for a long time? Can I ask them again?
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Why am I blocked from posting further questions?

As all community members know I am just a beginner of physics. Mistakes often happens from everyone .Why can't everyone give me a second chance to blot out my mistakes and this is how I can improve my ...
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How do I make these questions better?

I have been banned from Physics Stack Exchange, and I think it is mainly because of these two questions which were not received well. The thing is that for both these questions I have received hints ...
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Discouraging screenshots of questions - at least the textual part

[This was originally posted as an answer to another question and was transformed into a question following a comment to this effect.] To discourage rapid postings of the type alluded to in another ...
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What to flag for “lack of basic research” questions? [duplicate]

There have been a variety of questions that shouldn't be allowed under current site rules because they are very clearly lacking basic research - 2 minutes on google would probably help them with their ...
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Users that post every question in their homework/exams

Everybody who's been here for a while knows that the homework policy is not as advertised. If the exercise is sufficiently interesting, and the OP is sufficiently polite, the question often stays ...
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Which answer should we accept if multiple answers address the question?

If a question I asked gets answered by multiple users. And all of them solve the question satisfactorily, which answer should I accept? Should it be the one that was posted first (first come first ...
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Answering own question: “work” of the question in own answer

After reading the links provided by the mods in a question I recently posted with an answer, I believe that my question conforms in spirit the criteria that the moderators have tried to infuse in our ...
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Rethinking the “too broad” criterion

I was sad this morning to see Gil Kalai's great question about the role of rigor closed for being too broad. I was even sadder this afternoon when Prof. Kalai's narrower follow-up question, was also ...
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Is it proper to ask about the preferrence of units?

I would like to seek an answer to the following question but am not sure if my question will be considered as off topic: I read that bond angles are almost always measured in degrees instead of ...
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How to stop asking duplicate questions?

Whenever I ask a question that is found to be duplicate. If I search the question previously to make sure it was not asked before it does not appear as the language of me and the question is not the ...
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Duration between two questions which I can ask

How frequently I an ask a question? Stack exchange says we are no longer accepting questions from this account why?
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What does “protected by…” below a question mean?

I've noticed (already a long time ago) that below certain questions one can read **protected by...". I never quite well understood why this is written there. So my question is: Why is the statement "...
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How does one know if his question is non-mainstream?

How can one know if his or her question is non-mainstream? Just by asking it? Or is it supposed that the one who asks knows that for him/herself?
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Is new physics a bad fit for Stack Exchange?

My interest is in new physics, from the point of view of propulsion, and experiments that can confirm or disprove related new hypotheses. New physics attracts people who want to casually speculate and ...
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After Three years I returned to stackexchange to ask one question and get question banned …:p [duplicate]

After three years I returned to stackexchange to ask one question. Because it was not recieved well, I am now banned from asking with this account. Really? Three years on and there is no room for one ...
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A moderator understood and answered my question but put it was put on hold as unclear?

I asked this question Zero Radiation Nuclear Bomb Possible? and a moderator completely understood my question, provided an answer and mention he would like to see other answers, but it still got put ...
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Ping/Reference a user in the core text of a question

One more question. Is it OK to reference a particular user in the text of a question (right at the end of the post with an @), just to be sure that that user gets to read my question (he receives an ...
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Approved/OK form of cross posting

Let us say I have (and I have!) a very technical question related to the (proper) mathematical formulation of physical theories. Should I ask it in one section only (let's say mathematics) and wait ...
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Massive downvotes of some questions

On occasions, some questions (usually posted by less experienced users) get massively downvoted - say, score of -5 or less. Given the reputation cannot go below 1, is there a practical site ...
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Why are all questions I visit from other sites protected by Qmechanic?

I normally only come when clicking on some questions from other StackExchange sites. Every time the questions are protected by user Qmechanic. Is that something like the Community user? I don't see ...
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Should we vote to close old questions?

I believe some old questions would be quickly closed if asked today (e.g., What is sound and how is it produced? in my opinion is too broad and shows too little prior research effort). What should ...
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Why was I blocked from asking a question despite recently having only positive answer and question reactions?

In my early days of using Physics Stack Exchange, I had no idea how the website worked and admittedly didn't do my research. And I'm talking about one question. I've asked only 6 questions - two with ...
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What to do when no one answers your question? [duplicate]

Yes i know that one answer is to wait. But if you want answer urgently then what to do? What are alternatives?
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Is this legal to post my physics question here for verification only but not for answer?

Is this legal to post my physics question here for verification only but not for answer? I just want to make sure that my question is on-topic, not off-topic, and fits the rules, like it's not too ...
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Why can't the Homework policy be more lenient?

Sometimes very tricky problems that require quite a bit of ingenuity are removed simply because they're exercises in physics/maths. Well, what is the fundamental difference asking about a specific '...
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Is an asker's age relevant?

In Why does Newton's Third Law actually work?, the asker states their age in the question. (They are 10 years old.) On the one hand, their age does not have anything to do with Newton's Third ...
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Why are people getting angry at questions being marked duplicate?

I'm relatively new to SE in general, so I may be missing something here, but recently I've been seeing a lot of people apparently getting angry that their questions are marked duplicate. Can someone ...
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Why does marking a question as a duplicate require the original question to be well-answered?

If a recently asked question which is exactly the same as (or is contained in) an old question then why does marking the new question requires the old question to have an either upvoted or accepted ...
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Where can closed and deleted questions and comments be searched for - and how can deletion be appealed? [duplicate]

I have a question that was deleted and some closed when I was just getting started as an author (again here after many years). I did not think the closure and deletion was fair, but I had no ...
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How I learned to stop worrying and start asking questions

As has been noted in the past, particularly in Question self-destruction: why don't experts ask more questions? and in Does reputation correlate with the question-to-answer ratio?, and also here, this ...
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How to provide working for the question if we don't even know how to proceed in a question?

Most of the time when people ask Homework Related questions they are put on hold.They ask for our work on the question. Sometimes we all face the situation that we don't even know how to proceed ...
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Please down vote questions carefully

First, valid points are made in both Down-voting questions: Please state your rationale and Snobs and down-voters. That is, we need down votes because they discourage poor posts. And it is helpful to ...
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Answering “Homework-Like” Questions With Hints

It occurred to me today that I don't know what a good approach is for providing hints to homework-like questions. I cannot find any clear policy on how this should work. The example that brought it ...
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Unclear What You're Asking

I recently posted a question closely related to (but not identical to) this one. I promise not to continue posting variants. That said: I have just voted to close this question as "unclear what ...
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Physics Stackexchange rules?

From help pages: "If your motivation for asking the question is “I would like to participate in a discussion about ______”, then you should not be asking here. However, if your motivation is “I ...