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Is the demise of Stack Exchange (as we know it) ineluctable?

and then it is hard to tell if the curve is starting to increase again or stabilizing around a constant value of 7%. I don't think this is hard. It's pretty obvious to me that the duplicate closure ...
Emilio Pisanty's user avatar
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Is this considered bad attitude?

No, you have done the right thing. With some many questions on the site it's very easy to miss the fact that a duplicate exists, and to be fair the site search isn't as great as it could be. Don't ...
John Rennie's user avatar
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A way to mark questions as non-duplicates?

There are a few ways: If you have >3k rep, you can directly vote to reopen. This will put the question in the reopen review queue. Once in the reopen review queue, users with >3k rep can vote to ...
Emilio Pisanty's user avatar
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Is the demise of Stack Exchange (as we know it) ineluctable?

As long as there are new inventions and new discoveries, there will be new questions. For the network as a whole: find your favorite programming language that is less than ten years old, and search ...
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Care over closing "duplicate" questions

People should be encouraged to close questions as duplicates, but they should certainly take care to choose an appropriate duplicate target. Even if the target does have answers that correctly answer ...
PM 2Ring's user avatar
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How to stop asking duplicate questions?

I suggest paying attention to, and reading some of the suggested questions that pop up when you start to ask yours (I know this feature exists on the desktop site, maybe not mobile). This is an ...
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Is there a way to easily/automatically merge the many Veritasium questions?

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 ...
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Is it OK to copy and paste part of own answer over and over, to answer new questions?

While there is some overlap, I wouldn't call it a 'wall of text' (which has generally negative connotations). Nor is it particularly 'bottish'. The user appears to be legitimately answering a variety ...
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Question marked as duplicate older than supposed duplicate

I've reversed the closure and closed the newer question as a duplicate of the older. Note that, in general, age alone is not the only criterion for how we close questions as duplicates. Particularly ...
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What to do when a non-duplicate question has the answer?

If the questions are not duplicates, they should not be closed as duplicates. Of course there is interpretational leeway in how similar questions need to be to justify closing one as the duplicate of ...
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Why aren't "duplicate" questions allowed?

Presumably you can add your answer to the list of the questions being duplicated... Concentrating answers in a single place is usually better than looking at the same basic question scattered all over....
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A downvoted question vs. a very well-received duplicate version of the same question!

There is always a random element to voting. Votes not only refer to the raw content of a question but also its presentation: How easy it is to read (due to formatting) and understand, how well it ...
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What happens when upvoting the automatic comment indicating duplicate?

Nothing happens if you simply cast an upvote on it. Whenever a user votes to close as a duplicate, they also automatically cast an upvote on the corresponding comment. If the user is the first one (...
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How to stop asking duplicate questions?

Before asking a question: Use the built-in search engine to search for duplicates. Alternatively, search the Phys.SE site with an external search engine, e.g. Google. When asking a question: Pick ...
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Confused over site policy regarding similar questions

TL;DR It looks like you put the duplicate stuff up front as the title and as the main part of the question, and you hid the new and important stuff at the bottom of a "note". Therefore, it makes sense ...
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Should I refrain from marking a question as a duplicate of my question or of a question that I answered?

Here's what I do. I try to be "objective" as in – would I vote to close if the answer was by someone else? but a little bit more critical with my own stuff. So, If the new question is very ...
AccidentalFourierTransform's user avatar
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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?

I don't think there's any reason to assume anything has substantially changed from the "we strongly discourage this, but sometimes it's okay". In general, cross-posting the exact same ...
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Are two questions that only differ in the desired level of sophistication of the answer duplicates?

Premise: two posts asking the same question are not, by default, duplicates if they are both explicit about the desired level of sophistication, and they are significantly different levels. Let us be ...
AccidentalFourierTransform's user avatar
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Which duplicated question should be closed?

There are several competing desires for how to close (and possibly merge) duplicates (listed in my preferred order, but that shouldn't be taken to represent official policy): Priority to the best ...
dmckee --- ex-moderator kitten's user avatar
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I request to write reason if you are marking a question as duplicate to other question

We do have a procedure in place where users of the site can vote to reopen closed questions, and I see that your question currently has one reopen vote. The best way for you to speed this process ...
rob's user avatar
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A question erroneously labeled as duplicate

Changed the title from Balance of a spinning coin to Balance of a rolling coin, and reopened question.
Qmechanic's user avatar
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Question closed as duplicate but question clearly demonstrates understanding of duplicate. Is asking something else

I do agree that it's not really a duplicate; but it should remain closed. For one thing, it's hard to understand the question behind the huge rant. Your rant seems to entirely focus on how unclear ...
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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 really think there is no need to do this. There are essentially three cases here: You agree the question should be closed, and it's closed as duplicate. You should just answer the duplicate. If ...
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A downvoted question vs. a very well-received duplicate version of the same question!

Does this show that there might be some contributors who have mistaken me for a crank... Your own profile states that As a dissident scientist, I could finally publish some articles against Einstein'...
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Should I refrain from marking a question as a duplicate of my question or of a question that I answered?

I think you're over-stressing about this. Closing a question requires a consensus of five different users (potentially down to three at some point in the future) that the question should be closed. It ...
Emilio Pisanty's user avatar
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If you don't understand the question, don't vote to close as duplicate of something vaguely sounding the same

To be honest, I don't think you reacted particularly well there. The two questions are very similar, and they deal with much the same subject matter. Generally, when a question is marked as a possible ...
Emilio Pisanty's user avatar
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Is Physics Stack Exchange even as active as before?

Much of the data is public, over at Stack Exchange Data Explorer, so you can go and do some number-crunching yourself. Some of the data is available only to mods, and some is available to >25k rep ...
Emilio Pisanty's user avatar
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Is it OK to direct many effective duplicate questions to an answer written by myself?

I think linking to a question you have answered yourself is a perfectly reasonable thing to do. I regularly do this myself and have written several self answered questions specifically to provide a ...
John Rennie's user avatar
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Should this question really be marked as duplicate like this? They seem fundamentally different

Important note: whether two questions are duplicates depends on the questions, not the answers. The first question, which is currently marked as a duplicate of the other, asks Why don't metals ...
David Z's user avatar
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Please Consider Re-opening This Question

As one of the close-voters, I guess I should speak up: I did not vote to close this question as a duplicate; instead, I voted to close as being primarily opinion-based and therefore not answerable in ...
Emilio Pisanty's user avatar

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