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What to do about "wrong" questions?

As a beginning user, I would like to give my opinion on this and why I strongly favour (3) if it is possible to write such an answer clearly. An example where I learned a lot from reading a "wrong" ...
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What to do about very different questions with very similar answers?

A posted question is a portal to information: the words and phrases it contains; the tags applied to it; the contents of any answers; and even its net votes and status (CW, etc.) are searchable. ...
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Should new users be allowed to provide questions similar to others?

Leaving aside the specific incidents you mention (though gave some of my reasoning on one of those in comments), I want to address the title question about whether new users should be able to ask ...
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If question A came before question B how can A be a duplicate of B?

Why can questions be closed as duplicates of older questions? As others have mentioned in the comments, duplicates are not there to chastise users by yelling "someone else has already posted this!...
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Can I ask a question again, but with a different point of view?

It doesn't really sound like you are [would be] asking a duplicate question. I think a useful way to define a duplicate question isn't a question that uses some of the same terms, backstory, etc., ...
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I attempted to make a FAQ-style question; does it make sense?

one idea is that one can simply write and answer such a question Indeed, the Stack Exchange model clearly allows for this strategy; you're explicitly allowed to write-and-answer your own questions. ...
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What to do when a question with an open bounty is a duplicate?

Flag it. Moderators can cancel bounties, refunding the reputation to the owner.
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What is our policy on merging duplicate questions?

Merging is difficult (impossible?) to reverse and so is used only when the questions are such close duplicates of each other that all the answers to one would read acceptably as valid answers to the ...
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Many (historical) duplicate questions - how to pick a "canonical" question?

A. There's a number of levels of association of similar questions $\quad $ (4 by my reckoning, if we also count 'not quite similar enough to do anything'): Where the questions are exact duplicates, ...
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What to do about very different questions with very similar answers?

Where the newer post has a more canonical question (one people would search for), and the answers on the older question will work well as answers for new one, it may sometimes be better to merge into ...
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Beta regression 0/1 duplicates

I would not prefer to make them duplicates but instead make their differences more clear. (and in addition add more obvious links to the different questions for the interested reader that wants to ...
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Should I answer this question or should I add an answer to these other "similar" questions?

Absolutely fine—in my opinion the best thing to do. Several threads have already been merged with Books for self-studying time series analysis? & doubtless more will be. Questions asking for ...
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Many (historical) duplicate questions - how to pick a "canonical" question?

I have been reviewing a large number of older questions some months ago (I went through the [pca] tag in its entirety), trying to tidy them up and systematize as much as possible. I have encountered a ...
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Overzealous marking as duplicate

I think there may be some doubts about the question's suitability for CV insofar as it asks for something different from the suggested duplicate. In no particular order: Deriving a solution for the ...
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Editing abbreviation in the title

Although I also prefer shorter titles, I am less worried about their length than @amoeba. At any rate, I agree that you should go ahead and edit the title. The title and the tags are often what ...
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Project Reduplication of Deduplication - Cross Validated

Possible problem: When presenting this question: How to find set of directions in Stahel-Donoho outlyingness measure? it screws up over the "link" to the paper listed at the bottom, though this is ...
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What to do with a question which is a duplicate of a question on Math SE

This applies to examples of duplicates that are not cross-postings by one individual. And, of course, that are on-topic here. We can't close it as a duplicate, & the post on Maths won't be found ...
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Can CV bookmark index questions for which others are commonly closed as duplicates?

There isn't really such a mechanism that I'm aware of. There may be a partial strategy available if the question is well captured by an existing tag, and you can assume the tags are used correctly (...
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Question A is a duplicate of question B + question C: what to do?

A question can be closed as a duplicate of two others if different users voting to close pick different duplicates (a recent example), but a single user can't pick more than one. Leaving a comment ...
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My question was marked as duplicate - despite actually building on the subject it was accused of duplicating

I am happy to debate this, and would not be offended to be found on the wrong side of the debate. But let's get the facts into the open. For the record, here are the explanations I provided for why ...
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Should new users be allowed to provide questions similar to others?

Should new users be allowed to provide questions similar to others? Depends on what you mean with "allowed" and "similar". A new user can post similar questions, but if it is similar to the point ...
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Project Reduplication of Deduplication - Cross Validated

Unfortunately in my 164th review I misclicked as duplicate two posts that were very clearly not duplicates. There doesn't seem to be any way to go back and fix it. [The site sort of loads the page and ...
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Editing abbreviation in the title

I think in this particular case it would be a good edit, but mainly especially because the title "MLE in layman terms" is otherwise very short; there is some room to expand it. Go ahead and replace it ...
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Inconsistency with closure and migration

This result is certainly inconsistent. But no system works perfectly. The migrated question definitely looks like an SO coding question to me. Even with the comments it is a little ambiguous that ...
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What to do about an answer copied verbatim by another user (in an attempt to be helpful)?

(Speaking in general terms rather than to the specifics.) If someone copies part of an answer but correctly references it (credits the original author) and quotes the part they took (typically using ...
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Modifying the title of duplicate questions

The question's an old one with a correct, clear, accepted answer that applies to the more general case, so I think we can be bold in editing; it's got many views, & duplicates linking to it, so I ...
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Does it make a sense to create the reference questions for popular topics?

..we'd increase the probability that whoever is looking for an answer will find this Q&A in Google or SE search, and will be satisfied with a complete comprehensive answer. I guess the result of ...
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Asking for clarification on the benefits of redundancy or multiple questions and answers on one topic

My feeling is that questions along the same lines are going to get answers along the same lines—better to encourage distinctive questions if we want the answers to have wider coverage. We try to ...
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What to do about "wrong" questions?

I agree with Frans: #3 is the only constructive way imo. I'm almost a newbie here and on both sides of the line: I sometimes ask, sometimes answer. I'm sometimes frustrated or puzzled at questions I ...
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Does close-as-duplicate require an accepted answer on the target thread?

I'm not aware of such a policy, and I don't think it exists. No upvoted answer (as @amoeba mentions) is a policy that at least would make sense for the SE team to have implemented: Presumably the ...
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