That may not the best title, but it describes the situation.
Over the past few days two questions have been posted:
These questions appear to be very similar, and in fact it's been suggested that the second be Closed as a duplicate of the first.
My question is:
How is the OP of the second question supposed to be able to find the first question?
I realise that semantics play a big part in many of the questions asked and searching for similar questions is not straightforward.
The feature when asking a question
Questions that may already have your answer
is useful and has helped me on occasion, but could it be more useful?
By only looking at the titles of the two questions, algorithmically it is not obvious how to link them together since the keywords are mutually exclusive.
It seems to me that if either the search for "already asked questions" could be improved or if there was a better way to ask a question (to help the search engine) it might lead to better "already asked questions" showing up and possibly lessen duplicate questions being posted.
Any thoughts on how to go about this, or is it too hard a problem due to the nature of natural language?
BTW, there were no "already asked questions" which seemed to apply to this one, apologies if this has been hashed out already.