At first the questioner asked Can you use Uncanny Dodge against extra damage effects?, the first answer does not answer the question to the questioners full satisfaction, so he asked for a specific case (which he should have included in the question, but is passively included by asking for "extra damage effects").

Another user and the answerer mentioned, that he should ask this question with the additional details in a different question, which he did by asking this question: Does Uncanny Dodge halve poison damage?

But that question got closed as a duplicate because it is really the same question.

Luckily there was a user which could post a useful answer including the specific case mentioned by the questioner.

I suggest merging the two questions, because they are about the same issue, but some users might not agree on the definition of extra damage effects.

  • \$\begingroup\$ I'm interested in some answers here. I had suggested the new question because while they had the same answer, they weren't necessarily the same question. \$\endgroup\$
    – NotArch
    Jun 24, 2017 at 12:31
  • \$\begingroup\$ Are you suggesting that the mod tool "Merge Questions" be used (which leaves both duplicate questions intact, but moves all answers from the closed one to the open one), or are you suggesting some other way of merging the questions? \$\endgroup\$ Jun 27, 2017 at 14:32
  • \$\begingroup\$ I suggest using the mod tool, as for me those questions are exactly the same, but as stated in the question it might differ depending on one's definition of "extra damage effects" (for me poison damage is one of those). \$\endgroup\$
    – Thyzer
    Jun 27, 2017 at 14:52
  • \$\begingroup\$ Cool, I understand. You might want to make that more explicit in the question, as the current answer seems to be assuming you mean something more destructive. Perhaps refer to What are merged questions? to make it clear to readers what's being proposed? \$\endgroup\$ Jun 28, 2017 at 5:58

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In its strictest sense, "duplicate" means "exactly like something else", however, that would mean that a question needs to be a verbatim copy to qualify. The way it is used on all se sites is "this question is trying to solve the same problem as that question and if the OP reads that question and its answers they will have their answer."

As such, I would be very reluctant to merge duplicate questions for several reasons:

  1. The structure of the site specifically (and reasonably elegantly) handles duplicate questions.
  2. The OP is looking for an answer to their question and will return to that question to find it - they can then follow the link but not if the OP is no longer there.
  3. The way different OPs pose duplicate questions may stimulate different, possible better, answers.
  4. Future searches for a similar problem are more likely to find one of the posts if there are more than one out there. This is particularly relevant to the two questions you link because a Google search for "uncanny dodge poison" finds the latter but not the former.
  5. Merging questions moves all answers to the primary question - if they are near duplicates then this is fine, if not then some of the merged answers may become nonsense. Also particularly relevant here: the duplicate question deals with poison damage and so do the answers - if they were moved to the original question which is about secondary damage these answers make a lot less sense.
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    \$\begingroup\$ Merging is a bit of tooling the site has built-in, but doesn't quite work how these list items suggest. See What are merged questions? for what merges do to the source and target questions. \$\endgroup\$ Jun 28, 2017 at 6:05

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