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Should we refrain from answering duplicates?

Here's what I'd like to see (i.e. this is personal opinion, not mod fiat): If you agree that it's a duplicate, and there is already an answer there that covers what you were going to say, don't ...
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Answering questions that might be duplicates

My opinion is that if you come across a question that you are able to answer, and you are not personally aware of any possible duplicate questions out there, then go ahead and answer the question. As ...
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Should we refrain from answering duplicates?

Should we refrain from answering duplicates? Of course. As the main meta thread on this topic clearly states (emphasis mine): Should I answer it? No, not if you think it's a duplicate. If you don't ...
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(Reopened) Where do we draw the line for whether a question is really a duplicate?

While I agree in your assessment that there's an important distinction between the two questions usually the rule of thumb is not whether the questions themselves are necessarily identical but whether ...
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Marking the older question as the duplicate

Is it appropriate to mark an old question as a duplicate of a just asked question? I believe we should keep the best question open without regard to if it is the newest or oldest or somewhere in ...
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How does "Community" mark something as duplicate

What happened there is someone with under 3k rep flagged suggesting a duplicate (which doesn't actually cast a close vote). When a question has a suggested duplicate a dialog appears that asks, "did ...
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Chained questions closed as duplicate?

There are a number of discussions on this on main meta and also on some other site-specific metas that you can have a look at. I believe the SOP is to close it as a duplicate of the question that most ...
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Disputing duplicate because of locality

The duplicate is about a coworker. This question has now been edited to clarify that the OP is going to be this person's team lead. That feels different to me, quite aside from the Germany part of ...
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How to award bounty on a dupe question?

Is there anyway I can still award a bounty on that question? No, I'm afraid not. Closed questions cannot receive a bounty. Unfortunately the help page doesn't specify this.
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Situation Updates

With this said, what would be the most ideal solution? Edit the original and ask for revised and new answers or create a new question with the development and acknowledge its history and allow for ...
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Is this question really a duplicate? Country tags differ

No We search by question, not answer People generally search for questions that may have the answer[s] they're looking for. When you type stuff into the search box (or click a tag), what do you get? ...
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What should I do if I found a better duplicate than the currently linked duplicate?

Either become a Gold Tag Badge holder or flag it for moderator attention. Both can now edit duplicate links. Don't move the question through the reopen process, that's not what it's for. See also ...
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Is it ok to reopen a closed question so that it can be marked as duplicate?

I'd say take it one step at a time. We reopen questions if they have been edited to be on topic. Has that happened? Reopen the question. We close questions as duplicate, if the question is on topic,...
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Disputing duplicate because of locality

Sorry, but in Germany he would need an docter to write him sick would he not? If his Company doesn't thats their failure. The OP only seems to want to fire the Person in question. The question adds ...
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(Reopened) Where do we draw the line for whether a question is really a duplicate?

This has been a pet peeve of mine from Day1. My first question here was about being "Overqualified" and "disabled", and It was shut down as a duplicate because there were questions ...
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Answering questions that might be duplicates

The easiest two ways I've seen to find duplicates are: Just copy/pasting the title into a new question box Googling the title and using site:http://workplace.stackexchange.com/ whatever the title is ...
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Should we refrain from answering duplicates?

I think the problem is that on a stack like TWP whether a question is a duplicate or not is much more subjective than the more technical SE sites like Stack Overflow. Take this question: I have ...
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Re-open this question?

It is still a "What should I do?" question. Is it ethical or not is only constructive if you take it to the implied question of should I tell my employer what I have been doing? - or - My employee ...
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Disputing duplicate because of locality

The main question is about a coworker who's dragging everyone down, which the linked duplicate covers well. The follow-up "We live and work in Germany. Is there a way of firing him?" is entirely too ...
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