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The question with answers that are actually useful is far more valid and important than a dusty old unanswered question. But duplicate linking helps improve search results, so closing the old question as a duplicate of the better question seems to be the best plan to me. I double-checked my gut on this with an MSE search, and I found this relevant answer to ...


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The scope of ELL is considerable: the vocabulary is huge, most of the common words have a plethora of (sometimes subtly different) meanings, and the ways of expressing a particular idea are manifold. Apart from very simple questions, finding a duplicate is like looking for the proverbial needle in a haystack. The onus should not primarily be on the OP to ...


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There's a point I'd like to add that hasn't been raised in the other (excellent) answers to this question: duplicate questions are actually a good thing, provided the duplicate question meets our usual quality standards. I can't find the post, but somewhere out in the metas there's an answer from our SE overlords (I think it was Jeff Atwood, but perhaps I ...


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Why not leave the original question in its original form, and then post a follow-on question that asks for something more specific? Of course, the new question should mention (and link to) the original question, but include sufficient information that everyone understands why it's different. This way, none of the answers to the original question are ...


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I disagree with your premise that a poster should avoid posting duplicate questions, and that duplicate questions that are difficult to determine are duplicates are something we should try to reduce. I think we need to increase our efforts to find the same or similar questions and link them together as duplicates, or put a "related" link in the comments so ...


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What's the difference between "I love singing" and "I love to sing"? Might be a good place to start. Araucaria's answer is pretty comprehensive and the question is a pretty general one about "to sing" versus "singing". Both have pretty good scores as well.


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If there is a comment claiming that your question is a duplicate, you can flag that comment after you make your edit. Select the button that says obsolete. That way, a moderator will look at question and make a decision. Another way is to address the issue is by using a meta question, as you did here. That way, people can see the question here in meta and ...


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