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 answer the new question. Vote (or flag) to close as a duplicate. As with any other closure, leave a comment if you think you can help the OP (e.g. by suggesting ...
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 an answerer, you shouldn't feel obligated to search for duplicates of every question you come upon. That is something the asker should be doing, and to a ...
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 think the answers on the target question are good enough, write an answer there.
If you don't think the question is a duplicate, then by all means do answer it.
Is it appropriate to mark an old question as a duplicate of a just
I believe we should keep the best question open without regard to if it is the newest or oldest or somewhere in between.
But there are no rules regarding which of two questions must be marked as the duplicate. People are free to choose whichever they like. They can choose ...
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 this answer your question?" and if you select "yes" then it is treated as "Community" voting to close.
I've never seen this chain though with a non-3k user ...
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 suits what the new question was asking about. Often you'll have a single "core" question, for example about how to define working time in the US, and then a ...
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 the question.
Team leads are in an awkward position: they're held accountable if the team doesn't deliver but they don't have formal supervisory authority over ...
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 more discussion?
I would say it depends on the new version of the question, and if it is really similar to the last one or not.
If it is really similar or ...
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? Questions. You get a list question titles and a blurb from the question body. If one of the questions doesn't quite seem like what you're looking for, even if it ...
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 this related question and the main meta thread it spawned.
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, and has been answered before. Is the question on topic, and has it been answered before? Mark it as duplicate.
I don't think it needs to be forced; if you ...
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 nothing to the workplace like this and anything else would result in legal advice.
Also the OP should either Report to Management or continue doing what he is ...
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 here as the query parameters
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 accepted a job offer, but now I want to decline as a startup of mine has become successful. How should I do this?
It has been suggested that it could be considered ...
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 is doing this do I need to correct it? Those are off topic.
The philosophical question does not belong here.
This back doors into what code of personal ...
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 problematic to answer here. It's too specific and situational to qualify for the "generic advice" exemption we have for legal questions. And as discussed on the ...