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If an answer to question A can be found in question B, should we close A as duplicate of B?

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&...
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Are questions about the exact same game mechanism, but across different editions of the game considered duplicates?

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 ...
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If a question is marked as a duplicate or is closed, should I delete it?

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: ...
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For iterated homebrew questions, should earlier iterations be marked as duplicates of later iterations?

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 ...
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Is undeleting a potential duplicate acceptable?

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 ...
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Forced movement and OA duplicates

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 ...
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Is my question about the difference between spell ranges "Self" vs. "Self (XYZ)" really a duplicate of this question about "Self"-range spell targets?

Not a duplicate There must be a difference between self and self(range). This question is asking that difference. If there is no difference, then that's an answer, but it's not the same as "Do ...
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What to do if seeking the answer to an existing question that's been closed because the system wasn't specified?

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 ...
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Non-duplicate questions, with opposite correct answers, merged

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 ...
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What to do with a good answer to a duplicate question after the closure?

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: ...
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Question closed as being already answered -- so what's the answer?

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 ...
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Should I opt not to create a signpost duplicate for a question that would be opinion-based if asked today?

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 ...
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If a question is marked as a duplicate or is closed, should I delete it?

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 ...
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Should/can we change the Duplicate notification?

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'...
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What do we do when there are duplicate questions that get missed?

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 ...
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Are these two questions about converting saving throws into rolls against a fixed number duplicates?

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, ...
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Should this question about spellcasting be open or closed?

I suggest it’s better for everyone to just leave this open Those are all closely-related questions; while 1 question per Question is a guideline that we should adhere to strongly, there are exceptions,...
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Are these three questions on gemstone size and value duplicates?

The questions about the (value) gp diamonds are duplicates of the more general question about gemstones. First, let us examine the question, How big is a gemstone in the dmg gemstone table? The ...
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How to deal with multiple questions that have effectively the same answer?

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. ...
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Highly-downvoted duplicate questions

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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Can we reopen this question that is marked as being a duplicate of two completely different answers?

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 ...
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Should this question actually be marked as duplicate?

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 ...
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Multiclassing mayhem: should all these questions be duplicates of this question about wizards' spellbooks?

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 ...
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Partially answered second question in old question causing dupe flagging in new question

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, ...
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How do we deal with duplicate questions where a rule change has made an old answer obsolete?

Step 1: Bounty the question. This is one of the purposes of the bounty system - to seek new answers to old questions for one reason or another. I will leave the bounty banner up for the full week, it ...
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Should an old duplicate of an even older question be newly marked as such?

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 ...
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Multiple questions about re-roll ability interactions with critical rolls

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 ...
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Should/can we change the Duplicate notification?

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 ...
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Why is this question a duplicate?

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 ...
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