Currently, the duplicate notification says
This question already has an answer here:
and links to the "original" question. I find this, at least, misleading, considering we close questions as duplicates if the questions are duplicates, not if "This question already has an answer somewhere else".
For me, the current wording implies that
- If a question was already made and has no answers, it's fine to ask it again, instead of giving a bounty. (By the way, is it not? Reading the flag for duplicate, it also states "and already has an answer", but I believe a bounty is the right way to proceed even if the original question has no answers.)
- If Question (1) has a broader/more general answer than what was asked, Question (2) "already has an answer in Question (1)", even if the question themselves are different. Example when I searched for "duplicate" before asking this question.
The second case seems frequent enough, specially from new users. I, myself, flagged wrongly two or three questions because a good answer for another question already answered that, before understanding better the actual concept of duplicate questions.
Should we (and, maybe more importantly, can we?) change it to something more accurate with our policies? My first thoughts were
This question was already asked here:
or, exactly as written in the Flag for duplicate
This question has been asked before and already has an answer here: