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Questions tagged [exact-duplicates]

The process of identifying and closing questions that are exact duplicates of another question

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How to stem the tide of duplicate Qs

Please note that I searched on the keywords "duplicate" and "exact-duplicate" before posting this :-) It seems to be a point of pride for some that this site has hosted so many thousand Qs. But ...
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What to do about “wrong” questions?

We sometimes get what I would describe as "wrong" questions. For instance, a perennial favorite seems to be questions about binning continuous variables, like What is a best way of binning non-finite ...
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Do duplicates count across SE sites?

If a question asked on CV is answered on another SE site, is that a duplicate question?
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What should be our policy on duplicate answers?

I recently came across an answer that was copied & pasted in toto from another thread. I think the answer is high-quality--I had upvoted the previous iteration--but I am uncomfortable with this; ...
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Many (historical) duplicate questions - how to pick a “canonical” question?

I want to bring this up here rather than mass-flagging a whole bunch of questions as duplicates (and also avoiding the issue of choosing one as the "base") This question from today is a new member of ...
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What is our policy on merging duplicate questions?

Sometimes a duplicate question gets an answer before it gets closed as a duplicate. In some cases this answer is either better than the answer(s) in the "main" question, or at least adds something ...
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What to do about very different questions with very similar answers?

I have noticed several times that some questions are flagged by some as "duplicate" questions when the questions appear very different but have similar answers. The questions are asking about very ...
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Updating/re-asking software-related questions

In R, there are two main packages for estimating mixed effects models: nlme and lme4. They have certain differences. (There are also other packages.) In 2010, we had a well-received question: How to ...
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Editing abbreviation in the title

Recently I wanted to mark a duplicate of a question about defining maximum likelihood, but was unable to find the "main" question since it used "MLE" in title rather then "maximum likelihood" (Maximum ...
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If question A came before question B how can A be a duplicate of B?

The community often brings old questions back up to the front page to allow for a fresh review by the membership of these questions. Recently on Cross Validation I have seen members suggest that an ...
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Does it make a sense to create the reference questions for popular topics?

There are topics which keep coming back in different forms such as normality testing of random variables. I thought maybe it makes sense to create a question with the best possible formulation, then ...
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Asking for clarification on the benefits of redundancy or multiple questions and answers on one topic

I have discovered this site only recently, and coming from a non-mathematical or computer background, but with quite a bit of interest in statistics and scientific methodology, I've come to enjoy it ...
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Overzealous marking as duplicate

I think it is quite obvious (so long as you read it in its entirety) that this question has incorrectly been marked as duplicate. It is worth reading the comments too. EDIT: Just to be clear, my ...