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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 it's there. Question B has an obvious answer to Question A. Obvious here means I get a straightforward answer without hard searching — ...

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Nope, leave it in place. Someone could search with phrasing more similar to what you used than the original. See : SE Meta: If your question is closed as a duplicate, should you delete it? SE Meta: Do not delete good duplicates!

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Questions about the rules of different games are inherently different questions, because the rules are different. By definition, different questions can't be duplicates of each other. The only wrinkle is that not every different edition of a game is actually a different game. An example of this is that most editions of Call of Cthulhu are different ...

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We should probably not be closing as duplicate this way. I've checked with a Code Review moderator about how they handle this. (Code review is currently my measuring stick for what makes successful iterative review.) They specifically do not close version 1 as a duplicate of version 2. They do require version 2 to link back to version 1, which puts version ...

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We should not actively delete duplicates. But we also should err on the side of respecting a poster’s wishes. I do not think it would be remotely appropriate to undelete a self-deleted question without a much more compelling reason than “well dupe signpost...” If they had left it we should not delete it, but as they have deleted it we should not undelete ...

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So... have you ever seen even a diamond mod suddenly go close that many questions? That’s a tip you should probably post before going on a mass rampage of this sort. Heck, people post before making half as many tag changes. I don’t have the time to go root through them all on a Saturday night, but yeah, post before making mass changes in the future. Time ...

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The Q&As should be unmerged I'm going to attempt to not go too deep into the specific talk of the mechanics here, but these posts are definitely different enough that they should be different posts. The main reason is that there is a bunch of teleportation circle specific discussion that is unique from the general argument of what it means to be ...

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Optino #3, migrating, is totally possible and the most sensible option in this case. Mods have access to the merge tool, which—well, let me just paste the usage guidance beside its button: Questions should be merged when they are 99% identical and it would be beneficial to have all the answers from multiple duplicate questions in one place. This deletes ...

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I agree, there's no clear answer present in the duplicate target. Your questions are substantially the same: "when during a fall do I get to do stuff? How soon?". On that basis the duplicate closure is more or less the right decision. (It wasn't closed as already answered, it was closed as being substantially the same question that should get the same ...

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Ask a new question using the DMG terminology, and make sure it follows current policies by requesting designer citations. Then flag the old one for closure (either as opinion-based or as a duplicate of the new one, whichever feels better to you) because we open and close questions based on current policy no matter the policy when they were originally asked. ...

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No You should not delete questions closed as a duplicate. Those serve as signposts to the primary question and can help those thinking of the question in a different way discover it. You could delete questions closed for other reasons - but why? If the system wanted them deleted for being closed, they’d get deleted once on hold turns to closed. Note ...

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This is a solid idea, but it's not something RPG.SE can implement: the default close reasons are shared by all Stack Exchanges. Each site gets a few custom slots for its own close reasons, but we can't edit the default ones. By using the feature-request tag, however, you've caused your post to get the attention of our Stack Overlords so they can consider ...

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No One asks how to implement a mechanic, and the other asks if an implementation is correct. Thus, they concern the same mechanic, but the context to the questions is different. As you mentioned, reading the answer of one in regards to the other is jarring -- I think that's argument enough. A 'related' link seems appropriate in this case.

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Mods have access to the merge action, which moves all answers from one question to the master question, closes the duplicate as a duplicate (if it hasn't been already), and then locks the duplicate to make sure the connection “sticks” and can't be undone by voting. So in practice, how we handle missed duplicates that have already collected substantial ...

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Re-ask the question with the appropriate system tag (The following is a summary of what, as far as I can tell, should be done under the current policies and is neither my endorsement nor lack of endorsement for those policies; debates of them are best left in the various Metas more specifically about them) Given the current policy to never add a system tag ...

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I believe these shouldn't be marked as duplicates because, as you say, they are about two different items. My understanding of the way duplicates work is that broadly, it is the questions that have to be the same rather than the answers. In this case, the questions are clearly about two different things that just happen to work in almost the same way.

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A major part of how Stack Exchange derives traffic is from people searching for questions finding us via a search engine. In addition, the site is about answering questions and getting those answers. How does a person who is looking for something to do with shields know that their answer is in a question about showing the exact stats of a monster? Would we ...

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Yes. No. Usually we close the newer as a dupe of the old unless there's a dramatic disparity in quality that would make the newer one more canonical.

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Should be reopened. The question is distinct from the questions currently linked as a duplicate. It was my understanding that the policy here is that the question needs to be identical for it to be a duplicate. While the answers in the "duplicate" questions do answer this one, the question itself IS different. The other questions do not address the ...

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Make a new general question and answer it - then mark those other questions as a duplicate of that instead As Kamil Drakari said in their answer, most of the questions marked as a duplicate of the wizard spellbook question are not exactly a duplicate of the wizard one, but they are very related to one another. I agree with Kamil that the aspect of the wizard ...

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Edit that dirty so-and-so's question to unduplicate the new question. Hello, it's me, the author of that older question. I agree with Vylix that this solution is the most beneficial to the site, and I wouldn't mind an edit to focus my question around Investigation, as that was the impetus for asking. The original question (that I now see isn't as clear ...

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One should probably be closed as a duplicate of the other, and then the duplicate's answers merged with the canonical question. Which one is mostly a matter of which question is better posed. (A impending merge means which answers are better becomes academic.) The cleanest way to do this is for someone to case a duplicate vote on the one they think merits ...

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Duplicates are about duplicate questions, not duplicate answers Yes, some questions will have the same answers: for example, $2+2=4$, $2^2=4$, $6-2=4$. They are not duplicates merely because of that. They might be duplicates if the questions are about different specific examples that are symptomatic of a more general problem. To my mind, these ...

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That notice is tuned to be as accessible as possible to all possible question askers and readers. New askers, and the overwhelming majority of readers, don’t know or care about the nuances of our duplicate decision process, and that notice is written for them. It’s focused on exactly what the reader or asker needs to know — the question is already answered — ...

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It was a duplicate Your examples prove the point as well. Both questions are asking "What is in coca cola"? The question may have the answer 'water', and so it's asked again. But asking the same question again because you don't like the current answer doesn't make it not a duplicate. It's a duplicate because it's the same question - it's just that ...

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Reverse! While I do not agree that the question was limited in scope, the answer was limited in it's response. The questions do seem entirely identical, but your answer covers the full range of cases and is superior. I'd recommend that Tiggerous' question become the primary and mark the older question as a duplicate.

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They look like the same question to me, just with different wordings. Words stripped away and just looking at meaning, both are asking if Holy Nimbus sheds sunlight-sunlight such that things that care about sunlight care about Holy Nimbus. Sometimes a new question will have more to it such that its meaning is related and close but still different from an ...

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As I have stated - I am looking for published source material for the Forgotten Realms in 5e that would support the unofficial assertion of a designer that FR paladins (as opposed to run of the mill 5e paladins) do in fact have to have a deity. The question is not a duplicate as it is looking for information about the Forgotten Realms setting in 5e, not the ...

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This seems like a great case for merging. The questions are identical. The answers are high quality and will make sense when put together in the same spot. The moderation team's discussed it internally and we agree a merge is appropriate. We're going to hold off for a few days in case there's something we missed that means we shouldn't merge these. Merging'...

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