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How do we define duplicate questions?

Four years later, we now have over a dozen questions on Project Euler #1, including multiple implementations in the more popular languages. We also have hundreds of linked-list questions, many of ...
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Is it time to start broadening the definition of duplicates?

Obviously, SQL injection is a major source of anxiety among beginner PHP programmers. It doesn't help that the deck is stacked against them: The language makes it easy to do the wrong thing and hard ...
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Is it okay to post the same Project Euler solution, using the same language, but with a different implementation?

Yes, it is OK. "Duplicates" on Code Review are not the same concept as other sites. If your code is not the same as other questions, then your question is not a duplicate.
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Harmless duplicate or are we being taken advantage of?

Well, whatever it is, it is certainly not a duplicate. The follow-up question asks about the proper use of divs and spans; the original question contains no spans. I agree that it is rude to ask a ...
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Is it time to start broadening the definition of duplicates?

From my own personal experience, finding accurate information regarding SQL injection, and even basic PHP security, is actually quite difficult for the novice. A search on Google can bring the best of ...
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Flagging my own question as a duplicate

Duplicates are harder to determine on this site in particular, and this is something we're still unsure about overall. I don't think we've never had a situation where the asker has found an existing ...
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Does there exist any conditions for closing iterative review questions as duplicates?

More or less, I'm of the thought that the answers the asker receives takes care of this. There are cases where users are actively adding additional features and it makes sense if it all leads to a ...
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Harmless duplicate or are we being taken advantage of?

If I remember correctly, the user in question posted a very similar question within 24 hours before that one, and removed it after 15 mins when it received only 2 comments, one from me linking to the ...
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Duplicated answers for duplicate patterns/subroutines

For me an answer is related to a question. An answer about formatting and naming the vars correct is also a very common answer. Do we have to redirect them to answers of the other questions for that? ...
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Duplicated answers for duplicate patterns/subroutines

Yes, and No Let's be clear here, the code works for the purpose given. The code presented will never be called in a way that exposes that bug, so is it a bug? Not for the asker. That code is not ...
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Is it time to start broadening the definition of duplicates?

I'm not sure it's entirely appropriate to mark any questions concerned about injection as duplicates of any other question. Why? Because it's not a duplicate question. It's a new question about the ...
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Text when questions are marked as duplicate

Yeah, the comment "your question is a duplicate so we closed it, please ask again" doesn't make any sense in its current form. However, let's keep in mind that the situation is quite hypothetical, ...
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Flagging my own question as a duplicate

I will disagree with Jamal here ;-) Your question is not a duplicate. The nature of Code Review is that different code, even though they accomplish the same task, have different styles, ...
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Is it OK to ask for review on exercise solutions that have been asked previously?

Yes Code Review has very lax rules on duplicates. I've only closed a handful, at most, of duplicate python questions over the years. For example, we have 203 fizzbuzz questions. So your 'duplicate' is ...
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Can we disable "Questions that may already have your answer?"

Unfortunately, this is not something we can support or special-case, at least not in the foreseeable future. As most of you are aware, Code Review is a bit of a special site; questions are not asked ...
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How to handle a VTC as duplicate that goes the wrong way around?

The problem as I see it is that the Poster created a new question rather than updating the original and getting that re-opened. Is there some way to instruct the poster that it would have been better ...
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Harmless duplicate or are we being taken advantage of?

Perhaps I'm late to the party, but just looking at the code, these two questions don't appear to be duplicates at all. The code is quite clearly different (and Code Review doesn't have quite exactly ...
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Should Code Review's related questions say they "may already have your answer"?

I suggest the wording You may read the following reviews on code that solves the same problem as yours.
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Text when questions are marked as duplicate

Really, this question is redundant. Code Review should have no duplicates (I wonder how many it actually has?). Code Review is very strict on what is defined as a duplicate. To qualify, the code is ...
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Should Code Review's related questions say they "may already have your answer"?

In one sentence: I think on Code Review labeling something as a duplicate should be done sparingly. I think this touches on a greater "problem," however, in that a strict interpretation of the ...
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How to handle a VTC as duplicate that goes the wrong way around?

This is an example of incorrect handling I feel people are taking the idea that an OP should be able to improve their off-topic questions too far. To the point where they're only allowed to improve an ...
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Can we disable "Questions that may already have your answer?"

As you said, it does not make sense to close them as a duplicate as they should be just as welcome, not only because the code may be a little different, but also that conventions may (READ: will) ...
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Duplicated answers for duplicate patterns/subroutines

This started off with a two-way duplicate; That is, two questions contained the same code-pattern. In that light, I would have said "each question is separate". If a question happens to contain the ...
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