This meta: What to do when an edit guesses the system being used rather than waiting for the querent to clarify?

is an old post that has received tag.

However, there is an attempt to revisit the policy: Revisiting our "never guess the game system" policy which is newer. The answer is still unchanged "no", though.

Given that it is a more recent discussion, should we VTC the old question as duplicate and point it to the newer one (and move the status), or point the new one to old question?


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They’re not really duplicates.

Just looking at the two question posts, the “revisit” is a terrible candidate for the Q part of “FAQ”: it’s long and detailed and not asking the direct question the FAQ should be about. It’s really more a meta-meta discussion opener than a FAQ.

Since there’s no change in stance, and there’s no improvement offered by the later discussion, the original FAQ is still the best reference.

If there had been a change, rather than making a debate meta into a new FAQ, better would be to write a new FAQ as a new question post and answer it succinctly. If our stance changes in the future, that would make a much more readable FAQ replacement.

In the meantime, it’s worth having the FAQ linked to the later discussion. A comment should be enough.

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    \$\begingroup\$ I've added such a comment to the 2017 question. I also totally agree with the assessment that we would have made a new FAQ had the consensus changed; the revisit was only ever meant to be a discussion and not a go-to reference point on the topic. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Dec 10, 2018 at 9:50

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