13 votes

Closing as duplicate

The reasoning is pretty simple, closing a question as a duplicate of something asked in the past that didn't get an answer either is .. rude, and often self-defeating. It basically says "That person ...
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5 votes
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What to do with useful answers to questions closed as duplicates (or by some other reasons)?

Per the OP's request I am posting information from the above comments as an answer. (Although personally I think that this addresses the OP's concerns only partially.) In some cases questions can be ...
3 votes
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What is the procedure to initiate merging of questions?

We have merged questions before. I seem to remember doing this many years ago in order to remove some unwanted consequence of a bounty (but I am unable to find the relevant discussion on the tea site)...
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3 votes

Closing as duplicate

One, perhaps silly, approach would be to put an "answer" on the original question (thereby bumping it on the front page) stating that this question has been re-asked (and give a link). Then the new ...
1 vote

Closing as duplicate

What about the option to merge the original with the duplicate? If the original has no answer then the merge should be pretty straight-forward. The new question could have the wording of the original ...
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