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We close Question A as a duplicate of Question B only when all of the following is true: It's the same question, or Question A is already covered obviously as a subset of Question B. "Obvious" here means I can tell at a glance that Question A would be covered by Question B. Question B has an obvious answer to Question A. "Obvious" here ...


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Indeed. Frankly, there are two things going on that I find disturbing on "soft" questions like gm-techniques and similar - they always happened some but they seem to be growing in magnitude. Repetitive answers, as you mention. You should not post the same answer someone else posted, that's what voting is for. Pure opinion/speculation answers, ...


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Let the votes decide the one to be kept. Many of the "repetitions" differ in key elements, and due to the non-forum nature, "As X's answer, but..." is not allowed. Trust the userbase to be smart enough to spot the differences and vote accordingly. Several times, I've seen two answers where one was excellent advice but badly disjointed, with poor ...


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In general if you think you can write a better version of an existing answer, go for it. The arena floor is open, and Internet Points® are on the line, there to encourage us to all compete in glorious literary battle to be the most helpful. If your answer is on some simplistic level suggesting the same solution as another answer, you may still be able ...


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There are definitely times when someone chimes in just to repeat a point others have made. Perhaps because they didn't read the other answers. But repeated answers can happen despite good intentions. Here's some advice if you have repeated an answer, or are tempted to do so because of problems with an existing answer. The Race (and that precious reputation) ...


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Do nothing I don't see a reason to intervene or do anything in these cases. If folks want to do this or feel a need, that's fine. Others can downvote or upvote or not vote accordingly based on which answer they like or if they feel another answer doesn't add anything to the discussion. That's kind of how the system works, and I'm not sure why there is a need ...


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Let the votes sort them out. Yours and the currently accepted answer by Rubiksmoose are very similar - but there is a major difference in your final sections that is the difference maker. The downvotes you have (of which I am not one, full disclosure), are potentially due to the opinion you end with that isn't supported. The upvotes and final selection of ...


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I agree with Thomas’s answer entirely, but I do want to expand on the third of doppelgreener’s suggested duplicate criteria with respect to this question: There is not some strong compelling reason to covering Question A alone, separately from Question B. (If the above bullet points are met this rarely happens.) In this case, I would argue, we do have a ...


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I will leave the determination of what is correct or not to others as I obviously have a bias here, but I thought that maybe some insight into the thought-process here might help. The reason I wrote my answer was indeed because of your answer. I saw your answer and it had good points but, to me, they were unclear and the answer could use some improvement. ...


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It is not a duplicate and should remain open. Question A: If I have the fighter's Extra Attack feature and the warlock's Thirsting Blade eldritch invocation, how many attacks can I make? Question B: Does this strict reading of the rules allow both Extra Attack and the Thirsting Blade warlock invocation to be used together? We will examine these ...


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I downvote duplicate answers if they don't add enough new material. A lot of interesting questions get bogged down by like 50 copies of what's basically just the same answer over and over, and often the 'base' answer in such cases isn't even right (in which case I downvote all of it, but I totally understand not doing that if you don't have the rep to spare)...


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There is plenty to be done: its called voting In theory, the voting system allows better answers to float to the top and poorer answers to sink into the swamp. In addition, the OP has the power to bring a single answer right to the top by accepting it. In practice, a question with many answers will usually result in new viewers only reading the first few ...


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