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Need to either significantly improve a poorly asked+answered old question; or to re-ask (duplicate) it properly

I have basically this question. But that 2012 post doesn't work for multiple reasons: The OP has forgotten to add good reasons legitimising his request. That lead to the usual avalanche of downvotes ...
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What's the etiquette for duplicate questions?

I just answered a question, and then later someone voted it down and noted that it was a duplicate. Is there a recommended way for an "answerer" to deal with this? i.e. if I find that my answer is ...
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Should I write an answer and have it closed immediately as duplicate as an effort to provide more access points?

I read a question about systemd. The question is good, the answers are good. When reading it, I realized that I had a similar question, but phrased differently. The original question is modify ...
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What is the proper procedure when an old answer no longer works?

The following scenario; You have the same problem as a previous asker, or a highly similar one. The previous answer has a working, accepted solution... 8 years ago. Things have changed (software ...
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What does marked as duplicate by Community♦ mean?

I came across a question which said marked as duplicate by Community♦ 1 hour ago Usually when a question is closed there will be an indication of who closed it - either five users or one moderator....
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Duplicate of deleted question

I came across a question which is marked as duplicate of a deleted question. Is it appropriate for a duplicate link to be pointing to a deleted question? If not, what would be the proper way to deal ...
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Older Question is a Duplicate of a Newer Question?

I had asked a question on SF several years ago that I noticed today got edited, locked, and the marked as a duplicate. So, I followed the link to the duplicate and noticed the "duplicate" was several ...
Oliver Spryn's user avatar
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What to do with hard disk lifetime questions?

We got this question today: I voted to close it as a duplicate of this one: Does an unplugged hard drive used for data archival deteriorate?...
Ward - Trying Codidact's user avatar
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I posted a question that others marked as duplicate

I didn't find what I was looking for when searching the web and the ServerFault site, so I posted my question: Multiple SPF records for multiple domains Others have marked the question as a ...
Swisher Sweet's user avatar
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Quoting a previous answer to a possible duplicate of the question

This answer is a new one on me. It seemed like a duplicate of an earlier question to me, so I flagged it as such, then this chap comes along and posts an answer agreeing with me, quoting Zoredache's ...
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Merge request for the answers from 2 duplicate questions

The question How to find which file is under heavy use/IO was rightfully marked as a duplicate of Linux IO monitoring per file and it was closed, but its answers weren't moved to the "original" ...
Cristian Ciupitu's user avatar
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My question was marked as a duplicate. How can I object?

My question Backup with local manifest was marked as a dupe of Improve RSYNC scan speed / Alternate approach?. But it's not The other question asks how a rsync scan can be sped up in general. The ...
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Wrong link pulled into report when recording an exact duplicate on another SE site

When reporting this question on SF as an exact duplicate of this one over on DBA, the description of question 2868 on SF is pulled through, not the description of question 2868 on The comment ...
David Spillett's user avatar
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Explanation of duplicate

My question was marked as a duplicate, and sincerely, I don't get it. Please explain it to me. My question: Best practice: mitigating OOM kills of KVM VMs [duplicate] The other: Using linux ...
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