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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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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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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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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., ...
gung - Reinstate Monica's user avatar
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
Benoit Sanchez's user avatar
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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 ...
Scortchi - Reinstate Monica's user avatar
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Profusion of threads on imbalanced data - can we merge/deem canonical any?

In the interest of taking a decision, I will post a few answers for you to vote on. Please feel free to post more. Option 1: Do nothing. First do no harm, etc etc.
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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 ...
gung - Reinstate Monica's user avatar
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Answer in question marked as duplicate is superior

It is possible for moderators to switch which thread is considered the master and which is the duplicate. It isn't necessarily the case that the oldest needs to be the master—the thread with ...
gung - Reinstate Monica's user avatar
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What to do with a question which asks about R packages and how to fit RBF networks

From Tim's comment: If it's a duplicate, then mark it as a duplicate. That is far more helpful than closing as off-topic. If it's not a duplicate and the non-software part can be answered, then you ...
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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 cross-postings by one individual. That is not the case with the original example, but quite often occurs. If I notice this I usually (should) refer ...
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Question closed as duplicate of a totally different question

Yes, you can edit your question to clarify how it differs from the proposed duplicate; in fact, that's exactly you're expected to do when the answers aren't what you wanted. In this particular case, ...
Scortchi - Reinstate Monica's user avatar
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What to do about "wrong" questions?

Many times a question is based on a false premise, or indeed several of them (a common example is a question about transforming to normality something that is not ever assumed to be normal - like the ...
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Updating/re-asking software-related questions

Based on the comments, I have set a bounty on the 2013 question, claiming that "The current answer(s) are out-of-date and require revision given recent changes", which is not entirely correct but the ...
Stephan Kolassa's user avatar
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Project Reduplication of Deduplication - Cross Validated

Problem: This question has MathJax $\beta$'s in it. They're rendering as $?$'s for me. ($\hat{?}$ amuses me in particular -- it tickles my funny bone for some reason): Note that the rest of the ...
Glen_b's user avatar
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What to do about obsolete, or out-of-date questions, specifically this one about neural networks?

Canonical questions and answers If the question allows it, then a new question can be made and a reference can be added to the old question to point to the new question. In the case of questions that ...
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